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God gave us physical, temporary life. Since we are physical, we all eventually face death. This is no accident of evolution but came about as a result of circumstances knowable only from the Bible—involving decisions made by our first parents in the Garden of Eden.

In the beginning of God’s plan for mankind, God made available to Adam and Eve His gift of eternal life represented by the tree of life (Genesis 2:9-16 Genesis 2:9-16 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the middle of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was parted, and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasses the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goes toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat:
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). This tree represented choosing to believe in and obey God’s revealed will, embracing His way of life.

The garden contained another tree as well, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (verse 9). This tree represented something altogether different—man choosing his own way of life rather than following God’s revelation —deciding for himself what is good and evil.

Influenced by Satan, Adam and Eve made a fundamental choice that has affected humanity ever since. They chose to take of the wrong tree, eating the forbidden fruit. Refusing to believe and obey God, they came under the dominion of Satan and the penalty for sin—suffering and death (Genesis 2:17 Genesis 2:17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.
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Had Adam and Eve taken of the tree of life, they would have received eternal life (Genesis 3:22 Genesis 3:22And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
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). This is why, after they had made the wrong choice and had taken of the wrong tree, God had to cut them off from the tree of life “lest they live forever.” God could not allow them to live forever in their sinful, rebellious state.

Because of their disobedience, God told them of their sure fate: “You [shall] return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19 Genesis 3:19In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and to dust shall you return.
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It is important to realize that God’s original plan to give mankind eternal life, which was rejected by Adam and Eve, is available to each of us today as a result of God’s personal calling.

Adam and Eve introduced sin to mankind, and all human beings springing from them are “appointed” to die because all have sinned (Romans 5:12 Romans 5:12Why, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed on all men, for that all have sinned:
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; Hebrews 9:27 Hebrews 9:27And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:
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). Yet God’s purpose for mankind stands; His purpose to give mankind eternal life will succeed! Throughout the rest of the Bible we see the unfolding of God’s plan of redemption—the purchase of mankind for a price. Man, we see, is able to be rescued from death because of the priceless shed blood of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

The little-understood truth is that God’s initial purpose for mankind is that he not die. The temporary existence that ends in death, bringing suffering and loss, is not God’s original purpose for mankind. It is part of the curse for sin brought on humanity by the wrong choice made by our first parents, and all have chosen to follow that sinful way ever since (Romans 3:23 Romans 3:23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
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