Thursday, April 4, 2013

D: Death is not Natural

If you read the third chapter of Genesis, you will plainly see that there was no death in God's good creation until man sinned.  When Jesus comes and takes us to the New Jerusalem, there will be no death after that.

I cannot understand the people who think that there were millions of years of death and suffering before man was created, much less before he sinned.  You people baffle me.  It was this fact alone that made me a Young-Earth Creationist.  It baffles me still that even those who believe the Bible will still insist that the earth is older than 6000 years despite the wonderful research presented by Answers in Genesis that makes long ages not only impossible but laughable.

But you must remember, if there were death and cancer and thorns before man sinned, then God's good creation would not have been very good.  And when Jesus came to save us, there would really be nothing to save us from since somehow, there was already death and sin didn't bring it.  We could no believe Paul when he says the last enemy to be defeated is death as death was in God's perfect design after all.

But I know God is good.  And I know he sent Jesus to die to save us no only from sin, but from sickness and death.  Therefore death is not natural, and we are free from compromising our faith with mythological science fiction by atheists who are not impressed by us anyway.

People will give one good argument: what about Satan?  God had him roaming the earth before man sinned.  God also is good and plans all things for his glory.  Clearly, he gave Adam and Eve what no one else had: free will.  He preferred his creatures to come to him when they have another choice, and he always planned on Eve and Adam making the wrong choice and always planned on sending Jesus to die for the sins of his elect so that the universe would know God's compassion and forgiveness, giving Him the glory.  But I'll close this with Genesis 3 and God's curses upon the sinners of Eden to show us the unnatural things that occurred to show the opposite of what God sees as perfection.

Genesis 3:14-19,
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
    cursed are you above all livestock
    and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
    and dust you shall eat
    all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
    and you shall bruise his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
    in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
    and he shall rule over you.”
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
    and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
    you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.”

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