I've always been bothered by why god would have placed a tree in the garden of eden that bore fruit that would cause those who consumed that fruit to have knowledge of good and evil. And then he was so self-righteously angry that they ate the fruit. What did he have in mind? Why would he do such a thing except to set Adam and Eve up for the "fall from grace" that was used to explain all the horrible things that god has supposedly been punishing humankind with ever since. What a perverse trick to pull on a couple of complete innocents who had no reason to suspect such a thing would be done to them by a supposedly benevolent creator. They had no reason to suspect that death and pain and suffering for all mankind would be the result.
A good mother doesn't leave valuable, important stuff out for her children to get into and break so she will have a reason to punish them cruelly. But no one ever seems to queston god's motives for setting Adam and Eve up like that. He was completely in control of the entire situation, and it's result was exactly what he wanted it to be. They seem to all be completely unaware of the very unflattering character exhibited by the creator that is supposed to be "good."
When I was a believer it bothered me because it seemed so twisted, and now that I'm an athiest it bothers me that people have fallen for it lock, stock, and barrel and don't ever seem to question the story's perversity or the nature of a creator that would do something like that.
It must be an allegory for something much deeper than is normally taught. Any ideas? Any athiestic spin on the story?