God created humankind for them to enjoy a personal relationship with Him.  We were not created only to interact with each other, but to have intimate and fulfilling contact with the Creator of the universe.  Adam and Eve enjoyed this relationship with God face-to-face until they made the fatal decision to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Unfortunately, this act opened the door to sin and, as God and sin cannot co-exist, for man’s own protection, face-to-face connection with the Creator could not continue.  God is goodness personified and anything that involves evil is immediately destroyed when it comes into His presence.  Therefore, once human beings had sinned, God had to distance Himself