Whether you believe the bible is fully accurate, partially accurate, or fully metaphorical, it is interesting to note the underlying messages within, particularly Eden.
Knowledge of the Nature of Reality: Do we not have a right to know?
It's actually a little known fact that the correct translation from the original Hebrew isn't the "fruit of the knowledge of good and evil", it is "the fruit of all knowledge". Now, interesting to question this supposed God's motives. Are we meant to be ignorant. A dissenting view (gnosticism) during the time of Christ was that this entity posing as "God" was not the real God, but actually an evil entity who wanted to keep us ignorant of the truth of reality, to toil in the mud and that Jesus was here to show us the way. There are many unemphasized and/or suppressed teachings of Jesus that are very much different from the conventional view.
- Luke 17:21 "For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you"
- Gospel of Thomas (58) Jesus said: Blessed is the man who has suffered; he has found the life.
- Gospel of Thomas (80) Jesus said: He who has known the world has found the body, and he who has found the body, the world is not worthy of him.
John 3:16: "Believing in Him means believing in the things Jesus taught. It doesn't absolve you of responsibility.