Greatest I am wrote:
To them, Eden was where we were elevated, not where we fell.
Then, why were they expelled from Eden? And why the need for sacrifice?
You are quite correct about priestly lies, however.
To Jews, and Gnostic Christians like me, there was no original sin and thus no need for a barbaric human sacrifice.
A & E were not expelled from Eden so much as they graduated and were now ready to join the greater working world and also ready to reproduce.
You might have noted they could not reproduce till after the so called fall.
If they had not eaten of the tree of knowledge, they would still not recognize that they are naked and they would still have their eyes closed to reality.
You should recognize that Christianity screwed things up royally when they stupidly decided to become literalists of the 4 main gospels. That was when they helped usher in the Dark Ages and Inquisition.
This first link is historic and the rest shows how I try to think.
The thinking shown below is the Gnostic Christian’s goal as taught by Jesus but know that any belief can be internalized to activate your higher mind.
This method and mind set is how you become I am and brethren to Jesus, in the esoteric sense.
When you can name your God, I am, and mean yourself, you will begin to know the only God you will ever find. Becoming a God is to become more fully human and a brethren to Jesus.