Anyone theists here smarter than Caner?
So, Ergun Caner couldn't answer this question. Anybody literalists want to take a crack at it?
(If you don't believe Adam and Eve really happened, I'm not interested in your answer. I only want to hear from people who believe the creation story.)
God created man and woman, and put them in the Garden of Eden. He made them pure and innocent, without the knowledge of good and evil, and with no knowledge of death.
Then, a talking snake told them that they ought to eat this fruit that God had told them not to eat, and they did, and then God punished everybody. Forever.
Here's the thing.... so far, Adam and Eve hadn't noticed that they weren't wearing any clothes, and the only conversations they'd had were with each other, God, and a talking snake. Obviously they didn't know anything, so they either had to believe a talking snake, or this dude who calls himself God. (Of course that doesn't have any real meaning because they didn't know about good or evil or eternity or death)
So, how were they to know which one to believe? On the one hand they got a snake, on the other hand this dude that likes walking in the garden and chatting. They don't know what good and evil are, so they can't know that the snake is anything but a snake. Having no concept of good and evil, and only being given a choice for the first time, they choose an option.
Turns out it's pretty bad.
From then on, womens' vaginas hurt really bad when they give birth, and men have to work. (Oddly, it doesn't mention womens' liberation, but I guess that wasn't important.) Oh... and people all die now. And all the Chinese people are in hell. And the Indians, too, at least until the British were kind enough to take over the country and give them Cricket and herpes and Jesus. (That's Indians like India, by the way. They were the lucky ones. The Christians killed all the American Indians... but that's another topic, isn't it?)
Anyway, I've strayed a bit. I learned from Caner himself...
Ok, the question:
"How could Adam and Eve have sinned if they had no knowledge of good and evil?"
Follow up question:
"If God told them what good and evil was before they ate the fruit, they had knowledge of good and evil before they ate the fruit. What did the fruit do besides let them know they were naked?"
Follow up question:
"If the fruit was just symbolic, and the whole point was for god to give them a choice, why not just give them a choice between strawberry or grape koolaid, and skip the whole damning billions of beings who haven't been born yet because you wanted to taste that nice looking apple!!"