I have heard the Adam Eve story from Bible numerous times. Once i was reading the Paramhansa Yogananda's biography , i found a very pure and intelligent explaination of the story. He says the story is not about how human race came into existance, but teaches how humans must stay away from material wealth in order to stay happy , calm and more responsible to society. He says, its a metaphorical story. The forbidden apple is the temporary hapiness which is not the aim of humans. Once the Adam and Eve ate that apple and they forget their eternal happiness and become wedded to happines bounded to material wealth and sensual pleasures.And as this happens they are thrown out of heaven. Thrown out of heaven means the apple of material happiness makes it obligatory to do bad Karma and then the Karmic cycle keeps going giving a lot of pain to human. Is this interpretation correct?
closed as off-topic by David Stratton, Mawia, Affable Geek, Bruce Alderman, Flimzy Oct 28 '13 at 18:16
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It depends on what you believe. If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then this is a real, historical account of what actually happened. Why do I say this? Many people in the Bible, even Jesus Himself, talked about Adam as a historical figure and not a fable or parable.