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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Was there death in the world before the fall of man?

Genesis 3:

22: And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24: So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Since there was a tree of life which would grant immortality and Adam and Eve did not eat from it, but instead were banished from the garden, on what basis can one assume the plan meant they would not die before the fall? If they were not immortal, they would die, which is what the tree of life would have helped them with.
Not only is there no evidence that there has been a period when things did not die, the bible itself clearly shows that Adam and Eve were created mortal.

If Adam and Eve were truly immortal when they lived in the Garden there would have no reason for there to be the tree of eternal life.  It would have been redundant.

As an aside, you would have thought that someone wandering around before the flood might have noticed this flaming sword and made comment on it.

I am often asked what would be compelling evidence that the Christian god exists. Actual visible Cherubims and an eternal flaming sword would be a good start.

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