HOW THE FALSE KIND BEGAN
consisted in eating fruit of a literal tree in rebellion against God's universal sovereignty. 13 Before Eve was created and hence before sexual intercourse was possible for the man, God had said to Adam : "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die ." (Genesis 2 :17) Adam was made a living soul. If he disobediently ate the forbidden fruit before or after Eve's creation, Adam would die as a human soul . God's law, stated thousands of years after this, is harmonious with this Edenic decree, for it declares : "Behold all souls are mine : as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine : the soul that sinneth, the same shall die ." (Ezechiel 18 :4, Dy) It follows that if the perfect Adam, "the son of God," never ate the fruit as long as it was forbidden and if he never sinned in rebellion against the Universal Sovereign, he would never die. So his life everlasting in Eden with perfect fruits to eat was conditioned on his everlasting obedience to his God . Clean religion in that original righteous world promised endless life for him as a human soul in the earthly paradise . False religion, as now introduced by Satan the original Serpent, promised new intelligence and a self-determining life as gods if they disobeyed Jehovah God . What did the adoption of the new religion do for mankind? This the following chapters will unfold . 13. On what was Adam's living everlastingly conditioned, how is this shown, and what did clean religion promise him?
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