What can you make of anything that has seen over 108 billion souls since then? Calling it the tree of knowledge was far fetched. What did they learn from eating from it? I don't recall any mention of their knowledge.
It also seems to be a bad parenting, as any parent knows that telling a child even something as simple as don't touch the hot stove top ends in the child getting burnt.
Forbidding a child is not the same as teaching the child.
In addition, how can it be called paradise, it if was infested with a pest. It seems like a parent would have insured their children would not be left alone with a known rat problem. Rat, snake, ? , all are threats.
Remember how new parents, child proof their house.
My point on the 108 billion souls is how many souls are needed to prove the failure of creating humans. Throughout recorded history, and even the Bible(S) evil is the default condition of man, and it hasn't changed for the better.
Like the Climate Change issue today, what really was the impact of eating from one tree in Paradise? How does that compare with Cain killing Abel?
At that point, it should have been realize that the creation of mankind Failed.
Nothing that has been done by Man or God has changed the default condition of EVIL in the hearts of man. Punishing Adam and Eve was an empty gesture, while punishing everyone born after them not only doesn't make any sense, it also didn't accomplish anything.
No one has ever seen God, not a single person in either of the Bibles. Not even Adam or Eve?
Yet the whole premise of Bible 2.0 was the promise of actually seeing and being in the presence of God.
The punishment littered in Bible 1.0 is in big contrast with the Love in Bible 2.0.
And yet, the punishment still exists because if you don't love, then you burn in Hell for eternity. How does that compare to life in solitary confinement.
It is like trying to pay off the National Debt, which is really mostly interest from people that are now long dead. When a debt is more interest than principal, it is a punishment. Although, the persons that committed the initial bad act, are not the ones being punished. It is the innocent people that follow them, that are burdened and punished.
Like the Paris Accord, the answer to it is no more enlightening than the Bible 2.0 to explain the punishment of Adam and Eve.
Please no verses.