RE: Life, death and Genesis

Bill Hamilton (
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 12:08:52 -0400

At 11:58 AM 8/11/99 -0400, Rasmussen, Ryan J. Quoted me:

>> >There is no clear connection here with the death of animals.
and Dick Fischer's response:

>> Or physical death for humans. With continued access to the
>> tree of life,
>> Adam could have lived forever (Gen. 3:22).
Then wrote:

>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

I'm no Hebrew scholar, but I believe "forever" in Scripture frequently
means "for a very long time" -- not necessarily eternity.
Bill Hamilton
William E. Hamilton, Jr., Ph.D.
Staff Research Engineer
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