Point 1: God’s intention in creating man is to fashion a creature, a visible and animate thing, to bear His name.
A creature to be as like the invisible Yahweh as it is possible for a visible thing to be.
Point 2: After eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil it says “and the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked” Genesis 3:7
Therefore prior to their act of disobedience they were blind and did not know but after it they saw and they knew!
Point 3: The serpent didn’t lie. Adam and Eve did not die on that day. At least not in the plainest sense of “day” and “dying”.
Also God Himself confirms the Serpent’s other declarations.
So the Snake said: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” Genesis 3:5
And God said: “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil”
So here we have it. Through our disobedience we became more like God which was God’s intention when he sat down to create man.
Truly all things are from God, through God and to God.
If you find this hard to accept and you still claim to hold the Bible as authoritative then I don’t really see how you will ever understand the Bible.
The hardest part of understanding scripture is the process of extricating it from its traditional and orthodox context.
The art is one of letting it say what it says. Not trying to wrestle it into saying what you want it to say.
The reason people find the book so enigmatic is that it refuses to bend to orthodoxy.
Statements like “All things are lawful” and “The law came to make sin increase” persist in obstinately saying the same liberating (truly liberating) thing.
So what stays and what goes?
“The Fall” falls of course.