It seems that everybody assumes that Eve deliberately changed the word of God. The word of God was changed, and she could have done it, but there is no evidence that she was the one who did it.
The Bible is very clear on what God told Adam. But it does not mention how Eve got the word. Did Adam tell her, and if so, did HE relay it correctly? Did God tell Eve at another time, and if so, did He tell her the same thing or something different (He knew her heart, after all)? Was a sign put up? We just do not have any idea what the input to Eve was, only what her output was.
So we know for a fact that she ate the fruit and knew she was not supposed to, but we cannot blame her for changing the word of God (although she can remain a prime suspect). By the way, let’s blame Adam for eating the fruit without any reservations; while Eve put up at least a token fight. His response was
Gen 2:12Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
Which can be interpreted that Adam was trying to shift some of the blame to the woman and some to God for the transgression. Eve’s explanation was
Gen 2:13And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Correctly indicating that the serpent (almost certainly under influence or control of Lucifer) was to blame for the temptation. The phrase ‘and I ate’ in both cases admitted that the person deliberately disobeyed God. In both cases, the problem was not that they were tempted, which was NOT the sin, but that they GAVE IN to the temptation.
And they were punished, along with all their descendents, which is every person who was, is or will be on the Earth, including you and me. So it makes sense that one man can remove sin from us. Jesus, if we let him…