Romans 5:12 confirms that sin entered the world through one man—Adam, as the head of the household. That sin brought death into this world and it brought death to all mankind. So how do we reconcile this with God’s intended purpose in the creation of mankind?
Psalm 8 reads like a review of the creation mandate. “For You have made him [man] a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet” (vs. 5-6).
Even though we were made a little lower than the angels, God intended for all things to be under our feet. While this obviously did not include God, it did include the angels, particularly those that had fallen. The fact that we failed to fulfill our mandate is the great tragedy of the human race. It allowed Satan to set up shop over this planet, functioning as the god of this world system (2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 6:12).
From that point forward the evidence of death would be seen in the bones and fossils of the geological record. Since death was not in the world prior to Adam, this means that these fossils cannot be dated to be older than 6,000 years. Those who subscribe to the theory of evolution contend that these fossils are millions of years old, in direct contradiction to God’s Word.
We can only conclude that the radioactive dating methods for determining the correct age of these rocks are completely unreliable. For one thing, the methods assume that death and decay have been constant over time. They do not acknowledge the disruptions of cataclysmic events, including the Flood.
For another, the dating process begins by making assumptions about the age of the rocks and then marking the radioactive half-life process from there. That’s called circular reasoning. It’s similar to using a word to define the word. If you ever did that in school, chances are your teacher corrected you for your faulty reasoning. This is why when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, the ashes from the eruption were dated as being much older, even though it just happened. [See The Case of the Missing Mountain by Master Books.]
In reality, Genesis 3:17-19 reveals that the whole of creation changed dramatically at that point in time, when sin and death entered the world. Hence, the drastic changes in the life spans of mankind in subsequent generations.
The Chronos Lesson: Hebrews 3:14 explains that Christ took on a flesh and blood body so that “through death, He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the Devil.” That’s why the earth was not subject to death until Adam and Eve’s fateful fall. Thanks to Satan’s lies and our ancestors’ choice, the earth was then exposed to his destructive intents.
“For the creation (nature) was subjected to frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it—[yet] with the hope that nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children” (Rom. 8:20-21, Amplified Version).
Now is probably a good place to explain that overcoming death and abolishing it once and forever is a crucial element of God’s plan. “For He [Christ] must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (2 Cor. 15:25-26).
In the meantime, Romans 8:22 explains “that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” We see the groaning in the natural catastrophes, destructive weather, sickness and disease, and super-viruses. The labor pains are the convulsions we see in society.
Romans 8:19 hints at the remedy, “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” This manifestation began with the Seed who overcame death through resurrection. It’s also called being birthed from death.
It will be fully manifested when Jesus comes again at the rapture, when the Head of the Church and the Body of Christ are joined together as One New Man. That is when believers will be fully perfected and conformed to His image. Then and only then can we deal with the consequences of both falls as joint-heirs with Christ.