I’m sure that these issues have been dealt with before, but in contemplating the nature of the world prior to the introduction of original sin, I found several things that I could not figure out or that seemed confusing to me. I would very much like to discuss these issues with all the kind and wise people of this forum. My questions are:
Before original sin, did death exist in any way in the world? My answer would be that no, it did not, because of the fact that God prescribed the punishment of death as an originality at original sin, and because in the Book of Wisdom God says He does not desire the death of any living thing. Death seems contrary to God, Who is life.
If death did not exist, for humans, animals, plants, etc., then did predators or any other killing organisms, such as viruses, exist? Several possible answers arise for me for this question: did they exist in an herbivorous form and were then corrupted into predators by original sin? Or did God, anticipating original sin, give them the bodies of predators prior to original sin but they did not start killing until afterwards? Based on the portrayal of the serpent, who was Satan but who was also treated allegorically as a snake, the snake did not automatically attack them, and Adam and Eve did not seem especially afraid of it, as we would now. However, the historical existence of death in nature, as with dinosaurs, who were also predatory, seems to contradict this.
Without original sin, did waste exist? For example, would the human body still have its bodily function to dispose of waste, as with urination/defecation? Or would the food we ate prior to original sin have even had anything in it that our bodies couldn’t use? If so, did our bodies even have these waste organs?
Could Adam and Eve remember what it was like before original sin? If so, did they pass on this memory to their children, and could this perhaps account, within the context of the natural distortions of history and multiple retellings, for the universal myth of a paradise?
These are all the questions I can think of at the moment. I apologize for the somewhat convoluted nature of the questions, as I was also thinking as I wrote and I included my own speculations about the questions, meaning them as discussion questions not mere question and answer. Thank you all for your time and God bless. I look forward to seeing your answers.