Did Adam, the humankind, surely die as a penalty for the decision and choice he made in the orchard in Eden?
“The serpent said to the woman, ‘you will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'” Genesis 3:4, 5, NKJV. The noun “God,” in the Septuagint is in plural and not capitalized which refers to both, the man and the woman. The two of them would become like gods because they will know both good and evil. Here we see the beginning of distinction between male and female. God created one man (mankind) male and female, but one humankind. Satan separated the two. Now, only God and the fallen intelligent beings know both, the good and the evil. The intelligent beings who did not sin know about evil, but they do not know evil itself. They do not experience the evil. “Good” stands for God’s way for a successful and enjoyable eternity. “Evil” refers to the concept of enjoyable eternity which contrary to the God’s way.
God informed the first human pair about an evil force, an enemy, that could, and probably will attempt to entice them to join him in what he considered a better way to enjoy the eternity. God, however, did not choose the way to eternity because it is the one He likes, but because it is the only way that that will lead to a successful eternity. There can be, per our current understanding of the “law of intelligence” only one way that is good in eternity. If two ways are selected, they would eventually diverge as they approach the eternity. That would not ensure a successful eternity.
Did the humankind “surely die”? If yes, how? Read the next blog.