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Bible Q & A

Q. Why did not Adam and Eve die the day they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as God had said they would (Gen. 2:17)?
A. When God told Adam that he would die in the very day he ate of the forbidden fruit, he meant what he said. On that very day he was as good as dead because the penalty of death had fallen on him. The day Adam began on the path of sin the way of death was introduced to the world and would claim every life that ever lived except for those who would repent and turn to God.

Another way of looking at it is this: each day in Godís 7000 year Plan is 1000 years. Adam lived 930 years. He died on that first 1000-year day in Godís Plan of Salvation.

All mankind from Adam was cut off from access to the Holy Spirit except for a few prophets, priests, kings and judges till Christ made the Spirit available to those whom God now calls (those who repent, forsake the way of sin, and seek the way of God). By His death, Christ paid the penalty for sin in our stead, making it possible for us to be reconciled to God.
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