A talking snake, a forbidden fruit, a tempting woman, and humankind is doomed to grovel before God for forgiveness for all eternity.
If God can do anything, and see everything, knows everything before it happens, then God would have known that his human experiments would fail at the “don’t eat it” test. So he set them up to fail, which is simply cruel.
Unless we look back at chapter one, and make assumptions about people possibly eating the animals over which they were given dominion, then telling them that they “would surely die” would not have made sense. It wasn’t disobedience, it was merely human nature testing the prohibition on the fruit. And especially when they didn’t die, but only discovered their nakedness, then tried to cover themselves, showed that God was lying when he said “thou shalt surely die!”.
Also God’s true nature is revealed. Firstly, he knows what death is, but doesn’t explain it to his humans until he demonstrates it by killing animals to make skins for them to wear. The horror of seeing an animal slaughtered for its skin to the uninitiated is simply horrific, yet God does it with impunity because nudity is something to be ashamed of.
Putting the decision to wear clothes into the creation story, that of man’s fall from grace, says more about the Hebrews’ obsession with sex, and the resultant unwanted children, than it does about human evolution.
It is however a way to explain the wearing of clothes using mythology.
Then there’s the business about Eve tempting Adam with the fruit of the tree, and God telling her that because she tempted him, she would,
...in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children (Genesis 3:16)
...thy desire shalt be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Three thousand years of the subjugation of women by the followers of biblical religion have ensued as a result of these words.
Then there’s death. Was God’s intention that Adam and Eve should live forever, if they had abstained from the temptation of the fruit? If this were true, and if it really happened the way Genesis explains, would they still be living today?
This chapter serves the purposes of the followers of biblical religion.
It is a reason for the abhorrence of snakes, and the desire to kill them when confronted by them in the wild. “They’re evil, tempters. cold, slithery, can’t be trusted”. People who use confidence tricks to extort money from gullible people are called “snake oil salesmen”. This text is one cause of the bad reputation of snakes when their place in the evolutionary chain serves some good purposes.
This chapter is also the reason behind the “Protestant Work Ethic”:
Verse 19: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.
From the Wikipedia link above:
The Protestant work ethic (or the Puritan work ethic) is a concept in theology, sociology, economics and history which emphasizes hard work, frugality and diligence as a constant display of a person's salvation in the Christian faith, in contrast to the focus upon religious attendance, confession, and ceremonial sacrament in the Catholic tradition.
Chapter three ends with a death sentence. Access to the “Tree of Life” the fruit of which would ensure that man would not die, is blocked by angels bearing flaming swords in verses 22-24:
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever; Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from when he was take. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Why would God need to use angels with flaming swords to keep them out of the Garden of Eden. From this text we may conclude that he left it intact. If so, when did it disappear? Does it still exist - complete with the flaming sword-bearing angels? Since God is all-powerful, he would know if someone tried to enter the garden. He could simply “smite” them with something horrible. This little addition to the garden myth is mere embellishment for dramatic purposes.