If one were able to read the story allegorically, it can make sense.<quoted text>
All of the things talked about are backed up by very solid circumstantial evidence.
You may not think circumstantial evidence is any good, but more then a few criminals were sent to prison or their deaths by it. Ask a cop....eyewitness testimony does not even compare to circumstantial evidence.
The most important assertion I made is that there was no Adam and Eve as written in the Bible. This has tremendous implication to current Christian dogma.
No Adam and Eve equals no 'original sin'. Also puts the lie to Jesus having mention them in the New Testament....one fictional character talking about 2 fictional characters from a Hebrew myth.
If there was no 'original sin', just exactly what was the mission of Jesus??
There was a time in human evolution before we were consciously aware of "right and wrong" and at some point in time became aware of it. Likewise we became aware of our own mortality...thus death "enters the world" when we become aware of what it really means in a way other animals do not. As death seems bad and bad things to a superstitious mind must be punishment for something (bad things could not happen unless we made the gods angry, and if the gods are angry they punish us and we must deserve it)....put two and two together.
Thus the ancients, ignorant of natural history but no doubt already wise in human psychology, framed a story that talked about our realisation of guilt and of death... "original sin".
But that is no reason to attribute any of this to a God or especially to take the creation story literally. On a poetic level, its a powerful story about our emergence from the innocence of pre-human consciousness.