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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?

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Your question seems to ask more if the creation as put forth in the Bible is an allegory rather than a Metaphor. There is an ongoing argument among different Religious groups about that, and it is an unsettled argument. To try to answer that would be an exercise in futility. – BYE Oct 28 '13 at 16:08
@Deepeshkumar:You will not get an answer from here for this. I have also read the biography and IMHO that is the best explanation for this story. – MoonMind Oct 29 '13 at 17:52
Also I would like to know your overall experience of the Biography of Paramahamasa Yogananda. I felt that there is answer for many of the mysteries in all religions. – MoonMind Oct 29 '13 at 17:54

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.

For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

1 Timothy 2:13, 14

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as [it was] by one that sinned, [so is] the gift: for the judgment [was] by one to condemnation, but the free gift [is] of many offences unto justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:14-21

If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

Job 31:33

Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Mark 10:6-9

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