Second, many Christian academics interpret the story of the fall to be a myth that expresses the truth that humans are fallen but that cannot be taken literally. The fact that both Jesus and Paul treats Adam and Eve as historical figures simply reveals their first century cultural conditioning. I believe there are a number of theological problems with this view that we cannot enter into at present. But clearly if someone accepts this perspectives there would be little problem accommodating the view that Satan was corrupting nature prior to the arrival of humans with the biblical teaching that Adam’s rebellion opened the floodgates for Satan’s corrupting activity. If the biblical teaching on the fall is mythic, it has no implications for how we understand history.