Adam Died the Day He Ate the Fruit

The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Paradise, Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889)
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Introduction

  • Gen 2:17 KJVR But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

When Adam ate the fruit he did not physically die that day. How could that be? God said he would die and God cannot lie.

Some scholars claim that Adam began to die physically that day even although he continued to live 930 years. This view is eroneously supported by 2 Peter 3:18 by misquoting ‘one day is with the Lord as a thousand years’.

  • Gen 3:7 KJV And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Apparently, God kept only half His promise. On the day Adam and Eve ate the fruit they immediately received the knowledge of good and evil, but Adam 'died' hundreds of years later.

Did God Recant?

  • Gen 3:16-17 KJV Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. 17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

Why did God not carry out the death sentence on Adam and Eve, did He renege? Of Course he didn't.

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Paradise Lost

The death Adam experienced due to the fall was 'spiritual death' not physical death; God cast him out from His presence.

Therefore, the purpose of Christ's death on the cross was to destroy spiritual death, thereby enabling mankind to be restored to fellowship with the Father.

Conclusion

Physical death was never the enemy or the issue, because it does not separate the believer from the Father. On the contrary, the believer is ushered into the greater plan of God for His 'ekklesia'.

What do you think?

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Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Well, yes, it was spiritual death that came about on the day Adam ate the fruit. And yes, Jesus died so that our spirits would live again. If we refuse Him, not believe in Him and His sacrifice and resurrection, we remain spiritually dead. But, remember, whatever happens in the spiritual will affect the natural .. Always.


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searchinsany 5 years ago from UK Author

Debradoo

Thank you for your comment.


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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

OK, this makes sense. I did not remember the scripture mentions they would die this day" I thought it referred to spiritual death as well as physical death. When they disobeyed God, they put an expiration date on their lives. Great points! Voted up


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searchinsany 5 years ago from UK Author

2besure

Thank you for your comment and your vote.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

A well-written and interesting hub, but ...

This is a subject that I have discussed with others and, with all due respect, the fact is that, in this story, God said that Adam and Eve would die ~ and they didn't.

Other believers have also told me that Adam and Eve only died a 'Spiritual Death' on that day.

But how do they know?

How do you know?

I shall admit, here, that I am agnostic and I think that the story of Adam and Eve is purely allegorical, but, all doubters are going to wonder about this and may perhaps feel that this answer simply will not suffice.


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searchinsany 5 years ago from UK Author

Trish_M

Thank you for your comment; I really appreciate you taking the time to read my Hub and to share your thoughts on the subject.

In my opinion God cannot lie, if God said that Adam would die that day then Adam died that day.

Gen 5:5 KJV And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

However you are correct in saying that Adam did not die that day, that is if you consider physical death to be the only type of death, and is the death referred to here, because we are told that Adam lived for 930 years.

So did God get it wrong? No.

Adam died spiritually that day, spiritual death is not the expiry of a Man's spirit or soul, but alienation from God through disobedience.

The result of physical death is that we cease to function in the environment that we previously communicated and participated in. The Scriptures tell us that Adam was cast out of the Garden, his fellowship with God, who is Spirit, and all the privileges he enjoyed had come to an end, this was the result of his disobedience.

I believe the New Testament explains the Old Testament and we can learn about spiritual death, also known as sin death, in the Gospels and Epistles.

1Co 15:21-22 KJV For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Due to Adam's disobedience all mankind is spiritually dead, but don't be too hard on Adam, all mankind would have failed the same test Adam was given.

2Co 5:-19 KJV To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

God provided His Son to restore mankind to fellowship by removing the sin death, through His sacrifice on the Cross.

Joh 11:26 KJV And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

The reason I believe that Adam really existed is because the Scriptures record the genealogy of Christ all the way back to Adam in Luke 3.

I hope I have answered your questions, please visit my Hubs again and I welcome any comments you make.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi Searchinsany :)

Thank you for responding ~ much appreciated, even if we don't seem to be on the same page :)


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Timlove 4 years ago from upstate New York

I am going to throw a curve ball in here. one point everyone seems to be missing is according to Genesis 3:22 the reason adam did not live forever has to do with the tree of life

22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever

not saying I understand it fully but seems to me the tree of life is what was causing Adam and Eve to not die physically. look at Revelation 22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Timlove

Thank you for visiting my Hub and for your comment.

In my opinion, Genesis 3:22 does not actually state whether Adam had ever eaten of the Tree of Life prior to the fall, although it was not forbidden.

Adam was a perfect creation and his life in the Garden was sustained by unbroken fellowship with the Lord.

Adam suffered spiritual death on the day he ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Jesus was victorious over spiritual death and by Grace through Faith 'man' is restored to fellowship.

Jesus is the antitype of the Tree of Life; He is the Resurrection and the Life…John 11:25; John 14:6.


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preacher2003 4 years ago

Just thought I would chime in as well - thanks for writing.

Eve sinned and Adam followed - yet God still held Adam responsible for the actions of his wife (Eve) just as he holds husbands (who are Christians) responsible for their wives actions now....

Either case - when they partook of the "tree" they died in the spiritual sense. They did know of sacrifices and they had taught their children the right way to (or back to) God. Although we are never told that Adam or Eve found their way back to the lord.

When anyone at all is born now, they are born into sin and unless they accept Jesus Christ as Lord they will die in Sin, judged by the Law verses those who are saved being seen and or Judged by grace and mercy. The SIN NATURE is in ALL of us and until Jesus is accepted by us in our hearts it would remain (Romans 10:9-13).

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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

preacher2003

Thank you for reading my Hub and for leaving an excellent comment.

You may find interesting my Hub 'The Atonement: Full and Fulfilled in Christ'

Thank you.


Lone Ranger 4 years ago

Of course, I think you are on to something here, Searchinsany!

Indeed, it does seem that the Almighty was referring to a spiritual death.

Having said that, for those who do not want to accept that observation, they may relish the idea that when the Almighty said that to Him one day is like unto 1,000 years and 1,000 years are like unto one day, that Adam's physical body did die within the 1,000 year frame-work, so one could say that in the eyes of the Almighty, Adam's physical body did die that very day.

Best wishes and God's speed - L.R.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Lone Ranger

Thank you for your visit and as always for an interesting contribution. The comment you make is a view held by many believers, in my opinion 2 Peter 3:8 is often taken out of context.

‘…that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day…’ In context, Peter simply told the scoffers that to the God of eternity, time has less relevance or sense of urgency to Him than it does to mortal man who has a very limited life span. God would fulfil His plan and purpose according to His good pleasure. Peter wasn’t laying out a specific formula for calculating God’s clock, Peter used ‘as’ not ‘is’.

‘…the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked…’...Gen 3:7. Since it was the very day Adam ate of the fruit that he received the knowledge of good and evil, just as God had said, I have no difficulty believing Adam would also die that day. However, according to many commentators it was 930 years (not a 1000) before he died.

‘…for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die…’…Gen 2:17. Adam died spiritually that day, meaning that when he was cast out of the Garden of Eden his special spiritual relationship with God ended. Only by Christ dying on the cross could ‘man’ be reconciled to God.

Eph 2:5 KJV Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)


3 years ago

your response to loneranger about Peter. You are correct that time has no relevance or since of urgency to God. With that understanding then why does man place such an urgency on the 930 years of Adams life. His ways are higher than ours and He is way beyond our concept of time.


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searchinsany 3 years ago from UK Author

T

Thank you for your comment.

‘…that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day…’

Lone Ranger pointed out that some students would argue that Adam did die physically that day by quoting 2 Peter 3:8. In my response I explained my understanding of the context of that verse.

However, taking 2 Peter 3:8 in context is also important because many use it when attempting to explain the reason for the 2000 years delay in Christ’s return, concluding that His delay is like a period of only two days.

In my opinion, God gave clear timelines when warning of future major events, and the Scriptures clearly indicate that 2000 years was not in the plan and purpose of God.

Most of my Hubs are on the subject of the ‘end times’, defending the point of view that Jesus returned in AD 70! Jesus and the Apostles consistently emphasised an imminent return and ‘if Jesus said it, then I believe it’!

2 Peter 3:8 is one of the few ‘straws’ scholars grasp in a futile attempt to challenge my ‘end times’ view.


Stanley 3 months ago

God showed adam the tree of life and tree of knowledge. Gen 2:9. He further told them to eat everything except from trrr of knowledge. If they had eated from tree of life theyd have got life. But they chose otherwise and death came into the world.


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searchinsany 3 months ago from UK Author

Stanley,

Thank you for your comment. In my opinion, Adam and Eve already had life as long as they were obedient. They failed the test when they disobeyed and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, their spiritual life and relationship ended when they were cast out from God's presence. Jesus came to reconcile 'man' spiritually to God.

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