The universe was quiet. Everything was in harmony with a loving creator God keeping the millions of worlds in their orbit and sustaining those immortal beings who live on them.
Lucifer, the bright and morning star was the most beloved of the angels. He had the most melodious voice and all the angels loved to hear him sing. They adored him, almost as much as they loved God Himself, but only to God did they bow down and worship, because worship could only be given to the omnipotent One. Because of Lucifer's adoration by millions of the angels, he began to feel more important that he really was. He questioned why he was not allowed into the council of God on matters pertaining to things which were only for non-created beings. Only God, His Son and the Holy Spirit could be involved in such matters. Little by little Lucifer became dissatisfied with his position and coveted a more important role in heaven. As he grew more and more dissatisfied, he started to make his feelings known to other angels.
Council for the creation of Earth
When God held a council to discuss with His Son and the Holy Spirit about making a new world that would be called Earth, Lucifer questioned why he could not be involved? Lovingly the Father told him why, but this did not satisfy Lucifer. He made it clear to everyone who would listen to him that God was unfair in His dealings with His creatures. He questioned the love of God and doubted His justice. In reality, Lucifer was envious and felt that he was as important as the Son of God and he should have been included in the work of creation. The more he thought about not being included, the more his character began to change. He was still adored by millions of angels and it was to these that he murmured and complained how he had been treated. God bore long with Lucifer. He counselled him many times and Lucifer on more than one occasion saw his error. But the envy was deep routed and did not take long to spring up in his heart again.
Lucifer’s fall from Heaven
Not long after God had created the earth and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Lucifer openly rebelled against God. He had persuaded millions of angels that God was not a just God and therefore could not be trusted to rule the universe. God, in sorrow, cast Lucifer and the angels that followed him, out of heaven
God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden of Eden of the new Earth. They were enjoying their new life naming the animals, trees and flowers. They loved God, with whom they openly talked and walked upon the earth. We do not know how long it was after the World was created, that God cast out Lucifer and his dissenting angels to the Earth, but it was not long after their fall from heaven, that Lucifer would look upon the beauty and peace of God's creation, which he had not been allowed take part in. Because of this his hatred of God grew daily. He therefore planned in his heart to destroy all that God had made and take his revenge for being cast out of heaven. Lucifer’s dissatisfaction spread and he persuade millions of angels to follow him. He was now Captain of millions of fallen angels who would carry out his orders. Isaiah 14:12; Luke 10:18; Jud 1:6; Ezekiel 28:14-20
Adam and Eve created in God’s Image
Of all the other worlds inhabitants which God had created, Adam and Eve were the only one's created in the image of God. That image Lucifer, who was now called Satan or the devil. had grown to hate deeply. He did not know in the beginning where his plans would take him, but nevertheless he was determined to prove that God was unjust.
The Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil
In Satan's mind, persuading Adam and Eve of God's injustice would be the first step towards bring God down from His throne. God had instructed Adam and Eve that every tree in the garden was good for food, with only one exception. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God instructed the human pair that if they ate of this tree, they would lose their lives. God made it very clear to Adam and Eve, so they could not fail to understand. They knew the consequences of disobeying the command of God.
Adam and Eve’s conditional Immortality
Adam and Eve were created to be immortal but on condition they did as God instructed them. They did not have inherent immortality. To live forever, they had to eat the fruit of the tree of life, which was also in the middle of the garden - once each month. Satan thought that if he succeeded in making Adam and Eve disobey God, He would destroy them for their disobedience? This would prove to the watching universe that God was a vengeful and unjust God who was waiting to punish his subjects if they disobeyed Him. Genesis 2:16-18. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, their eyes were opened and they could now discern good from evil. Just as any loving father wants to protect their children from harm, God had wanted to protect the pair from knowing evil. Satan didn't care for Adam and Eve, he loathed them because they were created in God's own image. His motive in deceiving the pair was selfish and in direct contradiction of God's command to them. Genesis 3:1-6
Adam and Eve become Naked
Before they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve were naked in the garden. They were not aware of their nakedness. God's light, Psalm 104:2, covered them but when they had tasted the forbidden fruit, the light of God left them and they not only saw their naked bodies, they felt a nakedness within their souls. Immediately they found leaves to cover their fleshly nakedness, and hid in the garden, hoping that God would not find them and kill them. Although God called out to them to ask where they were? He already knew what they had done. Nevertheless, to give them the opportunity of repentance, God asked them why had they hid themselves from Him? Their reply was that they were afraid. They did not repent of their disobedience instead Adam blamed Eve for giving him the fruit and Eve blamed the serpent and ultimately the blame was cast on God who made them. Genesis 3:8-13
Why should they have been afraid of God? Because they had believed Satan and disobeyed God, therefore they knew their punishment was death. From their walks and talks with God in the garden, they had learned that God never lies, but Satan had persuaded them He could be wrong about the tree. They chose to believe Satan but once the act of disobedience had been done, they knew their fate was sealed.
God's Love for His Children
Satan and his angels were watching and listening to the conversation between God, Adam and Eve. Their faces full of expectation and smugness, as they waited to see what God would do. To their disappointment, God did not kill Adam and Eve, on the spot, as they thought He would. Instead, he told them to leave the garden to become wanderers on the face of the earth. Eve would bear children and Adam would till the ground for food and life. Even though God expelled them from the garden, His love for them had not ceased. He would also help them through the forthcoming trials they would soon be put through by Satan. God put enmity between the devil and mankind’s seed. Satan was deflated. God had not killed them as he had thought and to make matters worse for Satan, God would instil into Adam and Eve's character, a seed of hostility towards the devil. God's love is so great for His creatures, He shows them mercy when really, they deserve death.
Barred from the Tree of LifeOn leaving the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve and all their future offspring would be barred from access to the tree of life. God say's to His Son and the Holy Spirit:
“Look, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, so now, just in case he takes and eats of the tree of life and lives forever.” Genesis 3:22-24.
God placed an angel and a flaming sword to bar the way to the tree.
It is not known how long the tree of life remained guarded by the angel and sword but it was eventually removed from the Earth and taken into heaven.
Only God has immortality, this is one of His incommunicable attributes, along with His Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscience which belong only to God. Mankind can never possess these godly attributes. Immortality for humans becomes a promised gift by accepting Jesus sacrifice on the cross. Now that Adam and Eve did not have access to the tree, their bodies began the process of aging. 1 Timothy 6:16
Man is made of Clay
The substance with which God formed mankind was the wet dust of the earth. God made man of clay and breathed His breath (Spirit), into man's nostrils, and man became a living being. He did not give mankind a separate spirit that lives on after the death of the body. Genesis 1:26-28All things Age
Time corrodes Matter. All things of this earth now became subject to time. Animals, insects, birds, plants, trees all began to die when Adam and Eve left the garden. Although still sustained by God, the Earth itself started to age. Corrosion of all things had begun. Thorns grew where once there were none. The life of ease Adam and Eve had experience in the Garden of Eden was now gone. Toil and trouble was to be their lot upon the earth, until God could put right what Satan had caused. A time would be placed by God on His plan to redeem the human race and His Son had willingly agreed to be sacrificed to bring the human family back into the garden. A record of that plan would be kept so that God could reveal Himself through His Word to future generations. This record became known as The Old and New Testaments. God revealed His plan to the patriarchs and prophets, who wrote down what He said. The words they wrote were inspired by God but written by human hands. This signified the relationship God had with his children. It was a two-way relationship, a joint effort as a Father instructing his children and giving them the knowledge to make the right choices through life.
Longer Life Span prior to the Flood
Because Adam and Eve had eaten freely of the fruit of the tree of life, their life span was much longer than today. The life span of humans began to reduce after the flood. Adam lived 930 years because he had eaten of the life sustaining properties of the fruit of the tree of life. Even his offspring lived long lives. Methuselah lived the longest of the human family, dying at 969 years of age. As time moved on and the human family became more distant in time from the tree of life, and as more animal meat was added to their diet, the lives of those who lived after the flood, reduced until it reached the average age the human family lives today.
The Bible tells us after each person lived, ‘he died’. Genesis 5. God had said to Adam and Eve that if they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would die. Because of God's love and mercy, and much to the dissatisfaction of Satan and his angels, he didn't kill Adam and Eve instantly. But they did eventually die and so do all their offspring. Satan had said in the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve would not die, but they would have their eyes open and they would become as gods. In other words, they would live forever!
Life After Death
Who has been proven right? God or Satan?
Proven wrong, Satan was even more determined to gain a victory over God. Working through the minds of learned men he eventually gave them a philosophy which suited his purpose and perpetuated his original lie given in the Garden of Eden to Eve:
"You will not die but become like gods.” Genesis 3;4
A Belief in the Immortality of the Soul
Not knowing the God of creation, Greek philosophers formulated the idea that the body is evil and should be got rid of. Only the spirit of mankind is good. If mankind could be free from the body, then the spirit could roam freely and find its peace. This philosophy is known as the ‘immortality of the soul’. Under this philosophy the spirit of man is said to leave the body at death. His spirit is still conscious of things around him, but he lives in another realm. Occasionally, at the request of someone living, he can come back into this realm and although dead, can communicate with the living.
All other religions today believe in the consciousness of the soul after death. Even in Christian churches, prayers are said to the dead apostles, to Mary and other saints. Satan has worked his magic into the very heart of Christianity, which has joined itself to all other religions who believe in the endless existence of the human soul after the death of the body.
No Final Judgment
By believing in this philosophy, there will be no judgement of the wicked. Because all have an immortal soul, everyone will live forever, no matter what is done in the body. Those that butchered millions of humans during their life in the body will face no judgement because they have an immortal soul. Greek philosophy makes no distinction between evil or good. All mankind receive the same reward in the next life. But the Bible says differently.
When Adam and Eve were expelled out of the Garden of Eden, they eventually died. They did not become gods and live forever. God had formulated a plan of salvation. In this plan, He would sacrifice His Son on the cross of Calvary to save mankind form eternal death. If mankind had an immortal soul, then Jesus need not have died. Mankind's immortal soul would have returned to God and there they would have lived in heaven with Jesus. There would be no need for a resurrection of the body from the grave. We only have to look at the words of God in Genesis:
“And 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 forever, therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from when he was taken. So he drove out the man from the garden of Eden….. Genesis 3:22-24
Here the council of God make sure that Adam and Eve do not keep their conditional immortality! If God had given humanity an immortal spirit, he would not have said: ‘lest he live forever.’
Death is but a Sleep
The Bible says:
“The living know that they will die, but the dead no nothing, they have no more a reward in anything done under the Sun. Even the memory of them is forgotten, and their love, their envy and hatred have now perished. Never will they have a share in anything done under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:5-6.
Jesus himself calls death a sleep in John 11:11.
Separated from our earthly bodies we die. We fall asleep. Time stands still when we are dead. Even if 1000 years have passed on the earth, the dead do not know it. When they awake at the resurrection, time will again begin for that person and it will be as though only a few moments had passed since he or she fell asleep.
The Bible is God's Word - Jesus, speaking to us in written form.
“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word was with God (in heaven), and the Word was God. He (Jesus) was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5.
Back to the Garden
If Christ had not died on the cross; taking on Himself the sins committed by mankind from the disobedience by Adam and Eve until now, then eventually mankind would die out. Jesu, through his death on the cross, vindicated God's justice and proved Satan a liar. He ensured mankind would get back to the garden and eat of the tree of life again and live forever. But it took His death and resurrection to do this. All it takes for us is to accept Jesus, to acknowledge he is the Son of God and died for us.
Our reward - a new, young and healthy body at the resurrection and free access to the fruit of the tree of life to live forever with God on an earth made new. 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1;4.
God extends His invitation to all mankind. We would be foolish to turn Him down. To reject the sacrifice of Christ is to reject eternal life. The choice is yours.