The Christian Church has interpreted the story of Adam & Eve as a fall from grace, disobeying God and original sin. But is this a case of interpreting the evidence to fit a preconceived theory or a hidden agenda? Let's follow the evidence as presented in the Revised Standard Version and see what we find.
The first thing to consider is that the story of Adam & Eve is not actual history, but another stylized story intended to make a point, or explain a principle. In this story we have a simple cast of characters: Adam, Eve, the Lord God, and the Serpent. There are also two non-characters: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. Each character represents a different principle or system of thought. Adam represents the intellectual nature - our mind. Eve represents our emotional nature - our feelings. The Lord God is the Anunnaki Enlil, and represents the establishment or conventional thinking. The Serpent is the Anunnaki Enki, and represents the Mystery School system. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents higher awareness and discernment. The Tree of Life represents Eternal Life and Eternal Consciousness.
Genesis 3 opens with a conversation between the Serpent and Eve. The Serpent said, "Did God say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" Eve responds, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" The serpent said, "You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Eve saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was to be desired to make one wise, so she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.
A lot of ground has been covered in these first seven verses, so let's see what it means from the inner perspective. The story is about spiritual awakening. Spiritual experiences are experienced emotionally. That is why Eve, representing our emotional nature, is the first to partake of the fruit. The intellectual mind is left trying to figure out what happened. Adam eats of the fruit second. After an emotionally based spiritual experience, the intellectual mind works at making sense of the experience. Conflicting beliefs and other concepts are gradually replaced by the understanding gained through direct experience. The primary conflict in the story is that Enlil said not to touch or eat the fruit lest you die, and Enki said if you eat the fruit you will not die, rather your eyes will be opened and you will become like God, knowing both good and evil. Those statements cannot both be true; one of them has to be a lie. The Christian Church casts the serpent as satan, or the devil, and portrays everything the serpent says as a lie. But is that really the case?
Before we make our determination as to who lied, the story continues, providing us with more evidence to consider. The Christian Church has spent considerable time trying to convince us that the God of creation and the Lord God are one and the same. But is that true? In Genesis chapter 1 and the first three verses of chapter 2 the term God is used. Then in verse 4 a new term is introduced; Lord God. Time to review some definitions. In webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary, the word God is defined as; God: 1a. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worshipe in monotheistic religions. b. The force, effect, or manifestation or aspect of this being. c. Christian Science - used to refer to "Infinite mind; Spirit; Soul; Principle; Life; Truth; Love" - Mary baker Eddy. 2. A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, esp. a male deity held to control some part of nature or reality. The other word of interest here is Lord, defined as; Lord: 1. A man of high rank in a feudal society or in one that retains feudal forms and institutions, esp. a. a king. b. a territorial magnate. c. the proprietor of a manor. 2. Lord. Chiefly Brit. A general masculine title of nobility or rank, used, semiformally for any peer other than a duke. The essential difference in the two definitions is that God is omnipotent and omniscient (all knowing), and a lord is a person (even an Anunnaki) of high rank. So let's see what happens next.
Adam and Eve heard the lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and hid themselves among the trees of the garden. But the lord God called to the man and said, "Where are you?" Now I have to ask, shouldn't an all powerful and all knowing God know where Adam and Eve are? Yet the Lord God obviously doesn't know, otherwise, why would he ask? Adam responds, "I heard the sound of thee in the garden and was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself." The Lord God then asks, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree I commanded you not to eat?" Again, I have to ask, shouldn't an ominscient God already know? Adam answers, "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." The Lord God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" And she answers, "The serpent beguiled me, and I ate."
The final piece of evidence comes to us in verse 22. Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever" - therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. Some may argue that Adam and Eve do eventually die, but that only happens because Enlil, the Lord God, denies them access to the Tree of Life, something that was not prohibited to them before they gained discernment and the wisdom to know what the Tree of Life meant. Once Adam and Eve realize what the Tree of Life means, Enlil blocks their access to it. We now have enough evidence to answer our first question: who lied? Not only did Enlil, the Lord God not know what happened with Adam and Eve, but he lied to them as well. Enki, as the serpent, representing the mystery school system, told them the truth Adam and Eve gained discernment, their eyes were opened and they could tell the difference between good and evil. They also discovered that they were naked. I have to ask another question here; how could you be naked and not know it? The missing piece to the puzzle is that the Anunnaki are mortal and feared for their lives. Slaves or servants of the Anunnaki served naked so they couldn't hide any weapons. Their nakedness represents their status as slaves or servants - they were not free. Clothing, therefore, was a symbol of social status - still is. The story ends with the Lord God making clothes for Adam and Eve and setting them free.
A significant image in the story is Adam and Eve sewing fig leaves into an apron. Aprons are also used in the Masonic Order to indicate that a member's eyes have been opened, that they have gained a level of knowledge and understanding higher than ordinary people. Another significant point is the Lord God stating the man has become like one of us. The term is plural and refers to the race of the Anunnaki, not to God the creator of the universe. It is also significant that the Bible starts with the story of creation, immediately followed by the story of spiritual awakening. We were created to awaken spiritually, to realize that we are spiritual beings, having a human, physical, experience. Spirit is our natural state and our first responsibility is to awaken to our true spiritual nature as an integral part of a fully conscious and connected universe. The Son of Man represents the spiritually awakened state. This is the begining of our spiritual journey - realizing that we are spiritual beings and not just the body. The spiritual journey ends with full spiritual enlightenment, describes as the Son of God. That spiritual state is represented by the last image in the Book of revelation: the arrival of the New Jerusalem, the Christ Consciousness. The story of Adam and Eve also contains a rant from the Lord God, promising suffering and hardship for Adam and Eve (and by extension, all of mankind). This is the response of establishment or conventional thinking - punishment and hardship if we don't comply with its commandments. The final question is, do we want to live our lives in fear and be a slave to the lies we have been told, or do we want to open our eyes and come to know the truth that will set us free?