You Will Surely Die

Dear Friends,

I'd like to throw this question out there in the hope of getting from you all your different perspectives: 

When Adam & Eve sinned - through disobedience and ultimate disunity with God; God said that : "You will surely die". 

Did God mean "eternally" or "physically" only? 

Then who were Adam & Eve? Global Genetical Studies have traced our roots back to two persons in Africa: Scientific Adam and Scientific Eve. If you are unfamiliar with this study; basically, all humans can be traced back to two persons (all of us) - to One Man and One Woman. Both of whom lived somewhere in Africa. How do you reconcile this with our faith that God created Adam & Eve? Are these two same Adam & Eve that God created? 

Please let me know what you think, your thoughts, your contemplations and understanding of any these issues.

Thank you


  • Separation from Life (the true definition of life) is considered death. If God is the source of life, and being with Him is life, then separation from God is considered death and that's what God was referring to.  
  • Mina

    Would that be "Physical" death or "Spiritual" death? 
  • "For God is good—or rather, of all goodness He is Fountainhead, and it is impossible for one who is good to be mean or grudging about anything. Grudging existence to none therefore, He made all things out of nothing through His own Word, our Lord Jesus Christ and of all these His earthly creatures He reserved especial mercy for the race of men. Upon them, therefore, upon men who, as animals, were essentially impermanent, He bestowed a grace which other creatures lacked—namely the impress of His own Image, a share in the reasonable being of the very Word Himself, so that, reflecting Him and themselves becoming reasonable and expressing the Mind of God even as He does, though in limited degree they might continue for ever in the blessed and only true life of the saints in paradise. But since the will of man could turn either way, God secured this grace that He had given by making it conditional from the first upon two things—namely, a law and a place. He set them in His own paradise, and laid upon them a single prohibition. If they guarded the grace and retained the loveliness of their original innocence, then the life of paradise should be theirs, without sorrow, pain or care, and after it the assurance of immortality in heaven. But if they went astray and became vile, throwing away their birthright of beauty, then they would come under the natural law of death and live no longer in paradise, but, dying outside of it, continue in death and in corruption. This is what Holy Scripture tells us, proclaiming the command of God, "Of every tree that is in the garden thou shalt surely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil ye shall not eat, but in the day that ye do eat, ye shall surely die."[7"Ye shall surely die"—not just die only, but remain in the state of death and of corruption." On the Incarnation - Athanasius
  • The translation used by St Athanasius in On the Incarnation is "die by death"
  • "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” John 4:24 nkjv


  • Christ' resurrection shows us about the flesh and spirit and regaining what is lost.
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