Many scriptures are seen as clever scientific metaphor by some and I often agree.
This is only my opinion:
"Ezekiel 18:20a - The soul who sins shall die. Romans 6:23a - For the wages of sin is death"
For the sake of illustration, let's assume that physics are correct that everything is a waveform of consciousness. "Negative" or "sinful" energies are lower frequency vibrations, like anger, hate, fear, etc. and their "signal strength" is far less "alive" than those that are Positive in nature which Expand and Create—"Give Life".
"...but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
This seems like a reference to the awareness that all just IS. There is no Negative and Positive but rather they are degrees of the Same Oneness. "Good and Evil" are a duality illusion (Democrat vs. Republican, anyone?) If you accept the "knowledge" that there is good and then there is evil, then naturally you would NOT subscribe to the teachings of Christ, mainly, Unconditional Love. Love regardless of the Condition. If one is truly in this state of Love then there is NO "knowledge" of Evil.
Like the measurement of Hot and Cold, there is actually no such thing as Cold. Rather, only a lesser degree of Heat exists. But we have designed these labels to make these false concepts rigid which they really are not. Something countless scriputers and sacred texts have taught and what science is RE-discovering today.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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