“Adam didn’t die the day God said he would!”

Skeptics point to the fact that Adam lived until he was 930 years old (see Gen. 5:5) and claim that he did not die “the day” he ate the forbidden fruit. Just as physical death occurs when our soul separates from our body, spiritual death occurs when our soul is separated from God. Adam was unique in that when he was created, God breathed His Spirit into him, giving Adam spiritual life—so he could know and relate to His Creator. But Ezek. 18:4 tells us, “The soul that sins shall die.” Because God is so holy that He cannot abide with sin (Psa. 5:4; Hab. 1:13), He withdrew His Holy Spirit from Adam when he disobeyed, and Adam died spiritually at that very moment.

Genesis 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

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3 Responses to “Adam didn’t die the day God said he would!”

  1. Clearly in the context of Gen. 3, Adam and Eve died spiritually instantly—they were separated from God and hid themselves. Their relationship with God was broken. But in Romans 5:12 we see in context that Paul is clearly speaking of physical death (Jesus’ physical death, verses 8-10, and other men’s physical death, in verse 14). We also find the same comparison of physical death and physical resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:20-22. So both spiritual death and physical death are the consequences of Adam’s fall. The phrase “you shall surely die” can be literally translated from the Hebrew Biblical text as “dying you shall die.” In the Hebrew phrase we find the imperfect form of the Hebrew verb (you shall die) with the infinitive absolute form of the same verb (dying). This presence of the infinitive absolute intensifies the meaning of the imperfect verb (hence the usual translation of “you shall surely die”). This grammatical construction is quite common in the Old Testament, not just with this verb but others also, and does indicate (or intensify) the certainty of the action.

    We do not need to say that Genesis 3 doesn’t say actually what it does say. The day Adam sinned, he began the physical dying process. “Dying, you shall die.”


  2. Jeff Funck says:

    What a testament to Gods in fathomable love!

    The moment Adam and Eve ate the fruit. They lost many things. Innocence, purity, and eternal life.

    The world itself changed. Not only did thorns pop up, and mosquitos suck blood Microbes became deadly.

    They could have died instantly from just the bacteria and viruses in the fallen world.

    They did not die, but God had an animal die in their place. The New Testament confirms that the lamb killed by God to cover Adam and Eve & to keep them warm to protect them from perhaps viruses.

    I used this thought to challenge a Mormon who believed the law is more powerful than God. God had mercy then. He had mercy on Isaac. He had mercy on Israel in bondage. He had mercy on us all at the cross.

  3. james szolis says:


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