God then asked them what they had done and Adam responded that the woman God had provided him offered him the fruit, as if he had no choice. Eve said the serpent had deceived her, as if deception neutralizes critical thinking. Consequently God told Eve that she would have difficulty bearing children and told Adam he would have problems farming. Then God concluded saying how Adam had been created from the earth and would return to it at death. It sounds like they had been deprived of their image of God too. Also the penalty of disobedience seems permanent and that man can't extradite himself. Freedom of choice has cause-and-effect consequences. But is there ever any allowance for making mistakes? Fortunately Christ "was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you" (1Pe 1:20). But only those will be helped whose name has "'been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain'" (Rev 13:8).
Sin entered and things got worse. Man was on his own since "your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear" (Isa 59:2). The status quo is, "'No one is good except God alone" (Mk 10:18). "There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins" (Eccl 7:20). "There is no one who does good, not even one" (Ps 14:3). "There is no man who does not sin" (1Ki 8:46). Also, someone cannot do penance to correct the violation "because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight" (Ro 3:20). "Who can say, 'I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin'?" (Pr 20:9). Therefore Christ was sent "under the Law so that He might redeem those who were under the Law" (Gal 4:4-5). "He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness" (1Pe 2:24). It works when we "put on the new self who is being renewed" (Col 3:10) as we are "being transformed into the same image from glory to glory" (2Co 3:18). It seems that man's image of God was not completely obliterated and that it can be restored in a scriptural way.