The story of our beginning does not have to be literally true to tell the truth about us. We, like Adam and Eve, would not be satisfied with paradise as long as there was one tree we were not allowed to touch. And so they believed the lie and acted on it thinking that the One who created them and provided for them was too good to be true. We’ve been living the lie ever since trapped in self-serving ways that are self-destructive while blaming each other and everyone else when we are the ones who are responsible for our own folly. Of course when paradise was lost to the ones created in God’s image it was lost to God as well. But the mercy of God is this - when the first humans were cast out of the garden God went with them.