As Christians we know that death is not the natural state of how things were meant to be and is the result of original sin. Death therefore entered into the universe in a real time in history, when man fell from grace. I have a problem however squaring this with our scientific understanding of the universe. I’d like for some of your advice on pointing out where i’m going wrong
The Universe came to be billions of years ago giving way to our planet that could support life eventually leading to humanity which was God’s plan. The earth Adam and Eve (whether literally or figuratively) lived in would look drastically different from this one as there wasn’t any death. How does this square however with the fact there are destructive natural disasters that shape the earth that predate man’s existence, the earth’s beauty is caused by catastrophic disasters, would it be that God would simply have shielded us from such disasters?
Another point i have issue with is evolution, we can see throughout history the advances life has made in form and intelligibility that eventually led to us. The evolutionary process describes events where life is created and eventually passes away. We as products of such a process guided by God would be subject to this same fate. There is nowhere where we can look in the past and see humanity before it’s fall as eternal and not subject to death. It’s almost as if the process or being and born and dying was the most natural state of reality even before the fall as we can observe with animals and other life that existed long before us. Just wondering on your guys thoughts on this? Thanks