The bible clearly teaches we were created in God's image.Truth be told, its always confused me somewhat why the tree was called by God the 'tree of the knowledge of good and evil'. I have no answer to that.
"In God's image" is ambiguous; it can mean whatever you want it to mean. It could mean we have the same hair colour. It could mean we have the same reputation. One's moral values are a little deeper than "image". It could mean what you need it to mean, but that's a result of your
decision, not the Bible's.
Truth be told, its always confused me somewhat why the tree was called by God the 'tree of the knowledge of good and evil'. I have no answer to that.
I gave you a pretty clear and coherent interpretation of it: It teaches that obedience to the Lord is the only moral value that matters. Our own moral sense is a result of sin, something the Lord intended us never to have.
This interpretation synchronizes very nicely with the other themes in the Old Testament, whereby the Jews are rewarded or punished based on their obedience to the Lord rather than following their own morality. The story of Abraham's almost-sacrifice of his son is a perfect example: The Lord wanted obedience from Abraham (killing his son), not an act of conscience (objecting).
Here you find it in yourself to question/disbelieve the teachings of your own Bible when it comes to this story. Yet, you find no such fortitude when it comes to Romans 1. Nobody forced you to make that choice. It's all on you.
However, it seems pretty clear to me that however you take the strory, literally or not, the clear teaching is that mankind failed its first test of obedience and this caaused death to enter the world. Seems harsh. True.
Yes, according to the story we disobeyed by obtaining a sense of morality. This has implications for what human morality is
, if we're to take the story seriously. What's the problem, for you, with taking the story seriously? I mean, I
have reasons not to, but then I'm not a Christian.
That doesn't alter the fact that my sense of good, evil and justice is a reflection of ultimate versions of those things.
According to Genesis, you have the same capacity for moral sense as the god(s). If you cannot use that moral knowledge to judge God, then you're saying that God can't use that same knowledge to judge himself. The knowledge is the same in both cases. Or so, supposedly, said God.