|Adam and Eve are being sent out of the garden of Eden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
New International Version (NIV)
If God loves us so much why does allow sickness and death?
This is a question that is posed often by nonbelievers and believers alike The answer is given earlier on in the Bible.
Eden was a paradise. Adam and Eve were created with perfect bodies intended to last forever. They were physical perfection yet they had that fatal flaw shared by Satan--pride. Apparently it was not enough to enjoy God's company and rule over a perfect domain given over to their charge. God expressly commanded for them to not eat the fruit of one tree in the Garden, yet tempted by Satan they choose to disobey God and eat of that fruit. As God warned, the consequence of their disobedience was death.
We can speculate as to whether there was or was not a literal tree with tangible edible fruit or if the account is more metaphorical or symbolic. Either way the result was the same. Physical perfection was lost and Adam and Eve were expelled from the most perfect place. Their eventual fate would be death.
This was the Original Sin that set the standard for all of the human descendants of Adam and Eve. From that point on the Bible tells the stories of early mankind and the consequences of repeated disobedience. Every bad thing that happens in this world is the consequence of something that came before whether it be poor judgement, disobedience, sin or the entropy related to the Original Sin.
We are all sinners therefore we are all destined to die. However, through God's loving grace we can return to perfection and paradise.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
New King James Version (NKJV)