A conjectural interpretation of the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, entirely on my part, is that it displays a commendable desire for perfection, albeit used in a wrong-headed way, which is part of our innate, in-built capacity that confirms in an indirect and round-about way that we are created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27). A fundamental fault in this opening scenario critical to mankind’s eternal future, besides disobeying the clear directive of God, is that Adam and Eve impulsively jumped at this seemingly beneficial short-cut to a knowledge of good and evil without patiently waiting to speak with God directly about the pros and cons of such an action.
God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil located in the center of the garden. If Adam and Eve had been mature, savvy moral beings as a result of having personally experienced the ill-effects of sin, darkness, and despair in our broken world…as we all have…they would have responded of their own accord to the audacious speech of the serpent: “What you say sounds appealing on the surface, but we will discuss this with God and then get back to you in the near future. In this matter that you speak of, there is no hurry. We will think it over. And by the way, we know God well enough by now to know He would never withhold something good from us without a sound reason.”
Adam and Eve, without understanding all of the future issues involved, are in essence going along with the false idea of obtaining a knowledge of good and evil, on the cheap. A knowledge of good and evil cannot be gotten on the cheap. A quick and easy, “one-click” on the computer keyboard option to a full knowledge of good and evil is not feasible. It is like the impossibility of a square circle, married bachelors, describing colors in terms of their shapes, or drawing with a pencil on paper a one-ended stick. God knows this.
If God wants to create non-divine people yet made in His image, with free-will choice and the intellectual capacity for moral reasoning…that God can have a loving relationship with over the long expanse of eternity…then those people must have an encounter with the mystery of evil in all its subtle forms…and reject it.
Like the great high school football coach that works his players hard during pre-season training to be ready for the upcoming regular season…unselfishly for their benefit at the risk of temporary unpopularity…God crafts the characters of the people of faith to benefit them with the priceless capacity for joyful living for time without end (Jn. 15:16; Rom 9:21).