I would go beyond this question and say that even Adam and Eve shouldn’t have been punished for their small transgression.
The chapter of genesis that talks about the fall of man says thus
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?
The good book says this of the tree
For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
from where I am justified in concluding that A&E were dumb as a dodo. They did not know shit. In fact, I would go as far as argue that the serpent knew more shit than the two combined which brings us to some very interesting questions
- why was the serpent created sly? did she just become sly?
- is knowledge bad? or was it just particular knowledge the gods were not interested in men having?
But back to the question, how are we, who if the story were story, several generations removed from Adam, who were not in the garden where, if god was present, his presence and goodness and whatever else one feels in the presence of a god could be felt, there was enough room and time for the serpent to be crafty, it is akin to asking a Nigerian who has is so far removed from the state to obey its directives.
This brings us to a final question, when the author of genesis writes that god saw that whatever she had created was good, what does this mean?