|Genesis 2:16-17 |
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat; for on the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."1 [ Adam and Eve did die to the Life of God, not to the life that we know. The life we have in this physical world of earth, to where and what Adam and Eve were banished, is a death; we are dead to the life of God and thereby cursed, but without knowing how much better the life of God is, we cannot fully see our sad state.]
1 Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat; for on the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. There is a lot of chatter on the Internet saying that since Adam and Eve did not die, God lied. But Adam and Eve did die to the superior Life of God, not to the life that we know. The Life of God was to be in fellowship with, in the presence of, in the heavenly light, in paradise, energized by God, directed by God; they lost it all. The earth to which Adam and Eve were banished, is the dimension of earth in which we live: the cursed, lower dimension of earth that shares the same physical space as paradise's higher dimension, (parallel dimensions). Our existence on this cursed earth is a death; we are dead. Now all people are dark, as they are in Adam in the transgression, and dead from that image, righteousness, and holiness, in which man was first made. In this physical dimension, man is as different from God as a rat is different from man. We lost the spiritual image of God, which was usurped by the spiritual image of Satan. This Life in God that Adam and Eve lost is what Jesus came to restore to those who could believe in the true gospel, offering to become pure and free from all sin, offering union with God, offering to be translated into paradise, offering to partake in the divine nature, offering to be renewed in the image of God of righteousness and holiness. But Christendom has lost sight of that true gospel and created a false salvation that leaves man dead in his sins. See John 14 and John 17 for more on the true gospel.