The choice before the fall was not between good and evil but whether to obey what God said or go against Him. There was no moral choice of good and bad for Adam and Eve, for they did not know the difference. Theirs was a pure love relationship where Adam and Eve had to just listen and live by what the Father told them.
In the middle of the garden was the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will certainly die.” —Genesis 2:9, 16–17
God’s instruction not to eat applied only to the fruit of the tree that would allow Adam to know good and evil. When the Enemy came to Eve, he did not tempt her to eat from the tree of life. He was not concerned about the good things God had ordained to bless humanity. The Enemy’s goal was to destroy Adam and Eve’s position as children of God by leading them to do what God had forbid them to do. The Enemy wanted to kill the influence of God and introduce his own over humanity.
The Enemy’s purpose was to bring humanity down to the state of knowing good and evil. Satan knew that when human beings experienced evil, they would be disconnected from God, just as he was. From then on, they would not have the power to consistently choose good over evil. When they chose to go against God, Adam and Eve were exposed to a situation they were not wired to handle. When the Spirit-to-spirit relationship with God died, the mind and body of mankind was exposed to an ecosystem for which they were not originally designed. The fallen creation in which we now live is not our original home. We are aliens and strangers in a world that was never meant to be our destination.
Christianity is about a choice of restoring the original from what God says to become versus what the Enemy says to do to keep us in the present. Character transformation is an effect and not a cause in Christianity. Behavioral transformation is only the result of inner transformation. Our core problem today is not our actions. We think bad behavior is the issue and desperately try to create religious rules to change this.
The true problem is our fallen state, which has left us unable to be in a relationship with God that goes beyond mere belief. Everything else is only a consequence of this alien state in which we find ourselves. There is a fundamental rewiring that must occur to take us back home through the simplicity of Jesus’ work on the cross.