When Adam and Eve took of the forbidden fruit, their eyes were open and they suddenly felt exposed. They knew they were naked and they were ashamed. In desperation they tried to hide their nakedness with fig leaves. God was not fooled, however, and gently questioned them. Adam blamed Eve (and God); and Eve blamed the serpent. The consequences were disastrous. They fell under the sentence of death and were cast from the presence of God and the tree of life in the garden of Eden.