Genesis is a childish, allegorical, depiction of subjective, not objective, beginnings. Humanity has come a long way since these ancient scriptures were written and presented in childish form to a childish humanity. We are, for the most part, no longer a childish race. Many have reached their John 16:25 stage and are capable to grasp the meaning behind the symbol and allegory. It is this, not a Satan, which is creating a revolt against old doctrine, old interpretations. Religion adamantly refuses to grow along with the growing quality of intellect as so is disappearing. The more modern, mainstream Christian religions are changing, therefore surviving.
The culmination of billions of years of the evolution of matter's response to spirit, this response evolving to finally becoming mind, is very simply and childishly expressed in Genesis by God's creating man (mind) from dirt (matter).
Adam and Eve's time in Paradise is a presentation of that eons long period during which animal-man coexisted with all other animals in an instinctual, Paradise-like, state in which no responsibility was incurred for his actions.. There was no mind, just instinct.
The response of matter to spirit (this response is called 'Fire by Friction' in some Philosophies. Fire is a symbol for mind. According to Hebrews and Trans-Himalayan Philosophy, "Our God is a Consuming Fire"... A Consuming MIND) that originated billion of years earlier as dim response to the activity of Spirit-Matter. This response evolved through its sentiency, instinct, states finally "flashing forth" as mind.
Rudimentary, illusory mind tinctured by instinct, but mind nonetheless. As was a common practice when these scriptures were being written (by human beings, not a God), dragons and serpents were used to symbolise mind, wisdom, intelligence. In Matthew Jesus says to his disciples, " I send you out as sheep among wolves. Be ye as harmless as doves and WISE AS SERPRNTS. So, even Jesus used the serpent symbol to depict wisdom.
As a youngster, and an orthodox Christian, I was taught that God forced Adam-Eve out of Paradise for having been disobedient. I was about thirty years old when I came to see that it wasn't an angry God who evicted Adam and Eve (nothing more than symbols for positive-negative instinct), but the appearence of mind in the primate, man.
Genesis says Adam knew himself to be different, clothing himself in fig leaves. How that must have smarted, right guys??? Whew!!! Adam hid from God, etc,. etc., all symbols for that momentous event (called Individualisation in the Orient) at which Animal-man was never again to be part of the herd.
How could this Paradise have been so divine when "the man" (the mind), as Genesis 3:22 says) could, now that the man was free from instinctual Paradise, begin his mental march towards becoming a God? Genesis 3:22 says nothing about the woman. Wasn't necessary. Now, mind, higher positive male, and negative, receptive female aspects are a unit called mind ...the 'man.'
How could each of us " let that mind which is in Christ be also in us" if we remained imprisoned in our animal instinct state of existence.
So, as it turns out, what I was taught by orthodox Christianity was wrong.
We are also told in the Bible that the time comes when we are to put childish things away and think as spiritual adults.
At what age do we consider ourselves adults?
As long as we hold on to the literal interpretation of Genesis, for that matter the entire Bible, we remain spiritual children. Our choice.
The Bible, before it was changed to suit ecclesiastical purpose, was a very informative book...for those interpreting it through an adult mind, that is. Dam shame what Churchanity has done to it.