"Here is how it works: it was through one individual that sin entered the world, and through sin, death; and in this way death passed through to the whole human race, inasmuch as everyone sinned." Romans 5:12
The fall of Adam and Eve as depicted in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo
Genesis 2:16 Adonai, God, gave the person this order: "You may freely eat from every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You are not to eat from it, because on the day that you eat from it, it will become certain that you will die."
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any wild animal which Adonai, God, had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You are not to eat from any tree in the garden'?"
The woman answered the serpent, "We may eat from the fruit of the trees of the garden, but about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden God said, 'You are neither to eat from it nor touch it, or you will die.' "
The serpent said to the woman, "It is not true that you will surely die; because God knows that on the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it had a pleasing appearance and that the tree was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her; and he ate.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together to make themselves loincloths.
They heard the voice of Adonai, God, walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, so the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Adonai, God, among the trees in the garden.
Adonai, God, called to the man, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid myself."
He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I ordered you not to eat?"
However you read the beginning of the Bible, literally or allegorically, it should be clear that the human race came under condemnation for disobedience to the very few commands that their creator God made.
So he [GOD] drove the man out, and he placed at the east of the garden of `Eden the k'ruvim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. Gen 3:24
Read the whole of Genesis 1 to 3 and notice the subtlety of the Serpent in twisting God's words.
Read Genesis 4 and you will see how quickly mankind descended into hatred and violence - and the first murder - Abel / Hevel slain by Cain / Kayin; his brother.
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