How does sinning once warrant this? It’s like God is punishing Adam for not being God. What does He expect? Or are you saying Adam chose a life of sin and continually sinner?
The account actually says they did not know good and evil.
I don’t doubt there was a “first sin” but if humans truly evolved then I don’t see that as black and white. I believe some of what we think of today as “sin nature” is just evolutionary baggage. Don’t chimpanzees go on murderous raids of other rival groups? It’s about competition and survival. Is it any wonder how prevalent slavery has been in advanced civilizations throughout the world? I feel like it’s just a product of our evolution. Sex outside marriage is deemed bad and sin, but it feels really good and there is a biological drive to procreate and for humans to care for our young (probably stronger in females if I may assume that gender). The deck is stacked against us here (it is stacked for us in others… e.g. reciprocal altruism).
Humans are rational and either we were given or able to discover the moral law as we developed. I think the Adam and Eve story being the first sin that changed the whole world is too simplistic and naive. The development of “sin” was more of a ramp than a stair/step to me.
Now you can claim that God chose to specially reveal Himself to two humans and they disobeyed him. Fine, but that is not really what Genesis says and it’s a retreating and in my mind, desperate, contrived and ad hoc interpretation. The history battle for the primeval “history” in Genesis 1-11 is lost. It’s time to move on. Even the rest of Genesis cannot be read as history.
Not to mention I think the second creation account just rearranged Mesopotamian furniture and offers us a different theology. Enkudu (iirc) vs Adam. I also see it as more of a human attempt to explain evil in the world. It probably was used to explain the Exile as well. Gods can be annoyed at humans and bring them misfortune but for Jews it seems God was good so just like Job’s friends thought, the evil in the world must be the fault of humans. It’s an attempt at theodicy. It’s saying God is good and humans tend to not be.
We moderns know death, disease, suffering, decay, naturally disasters, and things we think of as sin today (animals evolved to be in fierce competition with one another and sexual urges and tendencies) evolved.
Paul’s just saw a golden opportunity to cast Jesus as the antidote to human sin. The way to bring humans out of exile. He probably thought Adam was a literal person. Luke after all, traces Jesus’s genealogy to Adam. Paul was simply wrong and we have to see God speaking though accommodation here.
I just don’t see how Christians that believe in evolution don’t make it an integral part of our moral system and sin. I’m no biologists but it seems like we have a million years of evolution baggage conditioning us and it’s not all roses and cotton candy.