“But Adam didn’t die when he disobeyed.”

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 “But Adam didn’t die when he disobeyed.”

  1. Mark Kendrick says:

    The John MacArthur Study Bible helps us out even further, “To “die” has the basic idea of separation. It can mean spiritual separation, physical separation, and/or eternal separation. At the moment of their sin, Adam and Eve died spiritually, but because God was merciful they did not die physically until later (5:5).” God bless you, and thank you for your service, brother.

  2. Robert says:

    Love you Ray, but the Bible doesn’t say that.

    What it does say is that the way to the tree of life was cut off. If not Adam could have eaten and lived forever. Without that access we all die like Adam.

  3. Marilyn says:

    It makes for a lot of understanding.He is Holy that Satan could not even dwell in his prescence due to his rebellion and he was sent out from among him.How will it be for man who took on that same rebellion by eating that forbidden fruit that God told him not to and caused that same sin to dwell in him.Mankind had to be redeemed in order to be back in the prescence of God and Jesus made that happened by going to the cross.

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