Notice the use of "hayah" in Genesis 3:1
- וְהַנָּחָשׁ הָיָה עָרוּם מִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה
Would you translate it to say
- And the serpent henceforth has become cunning among all lifeforms of the field.
Or would you translate it as
- And the serpent having been cunning among all lifeforms of the field
Then how is it possible that you would translate "hayah" as "having been" in Genesis 3:1 but willy-nilly translate "hayah" in Gen 3:22 as "henceforth being" ??
Of course, the usual tactic is to pull out and play the "context" card. But established biblical fundamentalism rules say you cannot use a context to circularly prove itself. You cannot willy-nilly use a context that is YET to have a biblical basis, and use it to prove the biblical basis.
Otherwise, anyone could create any context and use that context as a biblical basis. Even if that context is created by a so-called "biblical authority". Because the Hebrew text of the Bible is the FINAL authority. And if the Hebrew text of the Bible clashes with the "contexts" of the so-called "new testament" of Christianity, then it would prove that the Christianity's "new testament" faithfulness to the ancient Hebrew text is questionable.
It is a mistake to read that verse meant to say G'd knew good and evil.
Always go back to the original Hebrew.
וימר יי אלהים
and said LORD G'd
הן האדם היה כאחד ממנו
Here/now the man is like one from Us
לדעת טוב ורע
to understand good and evil
ועתה פן ישלח ידו
and then lest he sends forth his hand
ולקה גם מעץ החיים
and takes also from the tree of life
and lives forever
The passage is not saying,
The human is now become like/as one of us, who understands good and evil
The passage is saying,
The human is now become like/as one from us.
To perceive good and evil and lest his hand takes from the tree of life and eats and lives forever.
It is not good for anyone to perceive the Universe as good vs evil. But now the man and woman had eaten the fruit that opened their eyes towards seeing all around as good vs evil. And lest they live forever with that horrid and imprecise perspective.
True, today we have religions that call others evil. Accusing each other of evil, as justification to massacre and to kill.
From Genesis to the last chronological book of the Bible in Hebrew Malakhi, there is no concept of "hades". [שאול] SheOL, being the passive participle of [שאל] ask/question, merely means unknown/mystery. But men having fallen into the temptation of the inaccurate perspective of good vs evil, had decided to induct the pagan concept of Hades.
I'm sure people who do not read the Bible in Hebrew will be rather displeased with my answer.
But in the original Hebrew, from Genesis to the last chronological book of the Bible Malakhi, there is not a single person with a personal name [שטן] satan. "[שטן] satan", as evidenced by Numbers 22:22 is merely a verb that means impede, be a barrier. Raising the barrier. But men having eaten the fruit of the perspective of good vs evil, had fallen into the temptation of inducting a Persian pagan super demon into their belief systems. A super demon not found between Genesis to Malakhi.
Diversity is the will of G'd, but faithless people had decided that anyone different from them are evil.
The question is, did G'd deliberately allow humans to fall into the intellectual trap of the perspective of good vs evil? Why would G'd allow humans to perceive things in a way He Himself would not?
In Mathematics, we don't say if concepts are good or evil. Vectors may contend or align with each other - it is the interaction of those vectors that is optimal, edifying, or otherwise inefficient or ineffective.
Is killing unborn babies evil, good or a misalignment from the purpose of G'd?
Is killing unborn babies thro hunger due to climate change due to excessive human activities good, evil, or inefficient mode of human survival?
[חטא] the major word translated as "sin", actually means misalignment. I understand the Greek word for sin too actually means shortcoming or off-target.
Do we wish to see the world as bipolar good vs evil, or as a cacophony of vectors that we need to align and resolve to the purpose of G'd?