This blog records my transition from the Churches of Christ to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Is Death Normal?

Had Adam and Eve never eaten from the forbidden tree, would their physical bodies have continued forever? Or would they still have died physically?

i have always thought that physical mortality was not a part of the world until the Fall and curse. i read where N. T. Wright suggested he thought death might have been a natural part of the world even prior to the Fall, which really surprised me deeply considering some other things he spends such a great deal of time arguing for.

i realize there was a tree of life that Adam and Eve ate from. But would this tree imply that they would otherwise die? Or more importantly, would having a tree which sustained one's life indefinitely imply that death was a natural part of the world?

i still tend to think that Adam and Eve would have physically lived forever and that physical death is a part of the Fall and not a part of the ideal. What do you think and why? Am i missing something?

1 comment:

Matthew said...

Good question, I have thought that Adam and Eve would die if they did not eat of the tree of life. The reason that death came in was as a punishment of sin, being banished from the tree.

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