Death before Adam

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  1. Deacon

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    Did God Intend Death? [LINK]
    by Bethany Sollereder (May 2016)


    “God never intended death! Death in all its forms is a contradiction of God’s creation, and a result of sin!”

    The preacher’s voice boomed out from the pulpit. He had been building up to this point for a good half hour, and I was ready to join his rhetorical heights with enthusiasm. But, as chance would have it, I had an itch on my arm. When I scratched it, I noticed some skin came away under my nail. Looking at that little bit of sloughed off skin, the spell was broken. This was death too. Was my skin cells’ death also a result of sin?

    The preacher was talking about human death, of course. But every human’s life is dependent on the death of others. When I eat, I destroy life. Robert Farrar Capon has reasonably said, “A vegetarian creation is no answer. It is only our human chauvinism that is satisfied when literal bloodshed is ruled out. The lettuces still, in their own way, take a dim view of having to cease being lettuces; as they can, they fight it.” When I breathe, I inhale whole ecosystems of microbial organisms. The cells in my body are continually dying. During my fetal development, countless cells underwent a programmed death (called apoptosis) so that I could form normally. My ability to hear and see the preacher denounce death was dependent on the ongoing death of millions of perfectly healthy cells in my body.

    So, perhaps the preacher’s statement “God never intended death!” was too strong. Perhaps there are only certain types of death that God did not intend.
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    Or, perhaps plucking the fruit of the trees in the garden, which contained perfect nutrition, was not death. Perhaps the fruit was not alive. Perhaps only the tree itself was alive. Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps.
     
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    I agree!... If it is not perhaps... It is what if?... The perhaps and the what ifs never happened but men in their foolish imaginations still want to speculate... Instead of embracing truths they want to chase lies... Brother Glen
     

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