crispybits wrote:If you have a young child, a baby, and you know it doesn't understand the concepts of right and wrong, and it does something wrong, do you punish the child for doing wrong, or do you educate it?
A couple of points, especially as the whole story is a gigantic word play on Hebrew words.
The tree was not "right and wrong" but "good and evil." They knew what was right and what was wrong. They knew eating the fruit was wrong.
Perhaps they might not have realized that the serpent was "evil" because they did not know what evil was.
Perhaps they might therefore have believed the twisted words that they would become "like god" by the knowledge within the fruit.
Mitigating circumstances, I'll grant you, but aside from the fact that they merely discovered they were naked (knowledge and naked are similar in Hebrew) their only practical punishment was that farming was going to be a real pain in the ass and giving birth (huh, what's that probably thought eve who hasn't gotten pregnant so far in the story) was going to also be painful.
Remember, they were only kicked out of the garden because the other heavenly hosts thought they would be a repeat offender and steal from the tree of "life" and live forever, like the heavenly hosts.