RE: Life, death and Genesis

Rasmussen, Ryan J. (
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 11:58:48 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dick Fischer []
> Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 1999 11:26 AM
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> Subject: Re: Life, death and Genesis
> William E. Hamilton wrote:
> >The idea that physical death of animals is a consequence of Adam's
sin is
> >not easy to support logically, and I just came across some Scripture
> >also (to my mind) throws some doubt on that interpretation: Romans
> >Therefore just as sin entered the world through one man, and death
> >sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned...
> >It's clearly talking about death for humans, and it clearly ties that
> >to sin.
> >
> >There is no clear connection here with the death of animals.
> Or physical death for humans. With continued access to the
> tree of life,
> Adam could have lived forever (Gen. 3:22).

Could he really? What happens to the "tree" when our sun reaches the
end of its lifecycle engulfing the earth? Pushing that forward... what
happens to an "eternal man" when the universe has expanded as time
progresses to a point where there is nothing left but black holes and
neutron stars?

I don't believe we were ever meant to live for eternity in this