Monday, June 11, 2012

Was there death before Adam?

From an interesting article from the John Rae Initiative:

1. We need to be clear that when God declared His work to be ‘good’, he was speaking from His viewpoint not ours. There was certainly death in the world from the earliest days of biological life, because God gave the plants to the animals for food, and plant death is as much death as animal death. Moreover, there were many, many generations of animal death before humans came on the scene. The dinosaurs had flourished - and then become extinct. We know from their fossils that they suffered from bone disease, just as we do. [4] We are wrong to assume that there was no death or disease before the Fall. 
2. The ‘death’ that entered the world with Adam (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21) was primarily separation from God, the source of that which makes us truly human. Our first parents ‘died’ the day they sinned; they were removed from God’s presence (i.e. evicted from Eden), but they survived for years and had all their children outside Eden. Through Christ’s redeeming death, we are raised to life, "born anew" by being reunited with God.

I found this while preparing for a presentation on Environmental Theology. Worth a read.


  1. This shows why evolution cannot be correct. In Biblical terms, there was no death before the fall. Everything before the fall was 'very good', said God. Death was the punishment for the fall. (There are equally many scientific reasons why evolution is impossible.)

  2. Death of an animal is wholly dissimilar from the death of a man. Man is formed in the likeness and image of God, and has received the breath of God into him.

    You will never find an ascetic dog nor a mystic amongst chickens. They do not contemplate the eternal, for they were never given the capacity for the eternal.

    Thus man, seeking to ascend to become equals of God, instead fell that they become more like the beasts. Even so, man cannot become a beast, for all the damage that the Fall has done, it has not erased his primordial nature. Man is ever frustrated and homesick, and pursues both virtue and vice exceeding that of any beast in his often vain pursuit.