So perhaps you could tell me what you think this account is about then? Because I still don't see what the difference between it being allegory or literal has to do with the meaning.
I will concede that it's place in the Bible is apparent. It's the Bible's backstory, the backbone of the whole narrative really, but it was not originally wrote to be the beginning of the Bible I don't think, I believe it was originally standalone.
You ask me how being literal or figurative changes the meaning? One is literal the other is figurative. Were talking about polar opposites here and you are asking me how switching black to white changes the meaning? Really?
As a figurative story so many "Christian truths" fade away:
1. God's Grace would change drastically since Man would not be unworthy of God's help. Of course we are worthy of his help and direction, he created us!
2. Sin would become a symbol rather than something mystical. Sin would be a represenative of what WE have cataloged as detrimental to society.
3. The Ransom Sacrifice would become something different as well, since Jesus allegedly died for the sins of Adam and Eve
So, many things change drastically if the Adam and Eve story was a figurative parable.
I don't mean to talk down to you, or anyone for that matter, Tammy. My intention is not to tear down, but to get my thoughts across. As you can see I think a LOT about this kind of stuff and the points I have come up with are hard logic.
Of course, the three items above could be explained with loose logic to fit in with the "grand scheme" but I just will not believe in a "grand scheme" that is known to us.
As far as I can tell from my vantage point, the only grand scheme we have is the ones we set into motion, of which some are catastrophic and some are beautiful.
Same old story, new characters.