If I accept that death existed before the fall (of course at least animal death must have occurred always), and Adam and Eve were literal people that were later added to a special Garden (whether they were formed evolutionarily or specially created), with access to a tree that granted them indefinite life (provided they had access to it), what became of those hominids/humans outside the garden that did not have access to the Tree of Life? Those that specifically came before Adam and Eve? Did they just live and die as animals? Or did they, too have access to indefinite life?
*I know Adam and Eve, if literal people, must not have been created immortal otherwise a Tree of Life would be pointless.
*I know our current genetic diversity could not have come from just Two individuals within 10,000 years.
*IF Adam and Eve were the first Two individuals that could be called Human, they must be almost 100,000 years old and predate any human fossils/skeletons known to science. UNLESS those humans we have found were NOT human, but rather apes of some kind, OR they were Human but did not have access to the Tree of Life. There should otherwise be no human remains before the Fall occurred.
*I do not believe the Image of God is a gift, bestowed like a blessing. I believe it is something that developed as man did, from beast (no image) to man (image). Eventually, Humans began displaying this image in their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Such as when they were able to feel guilt, remorse, love etc. And when they painted, created music and worshipped.
If this is not the case then it, more likely than a blessing, is referring to a literal, physical image when both Angels and the LORD take on a visible form (they usually appear as Human). Perhaps we evolved to resemble this form they prefer and it was theirs first.