As far as Im aware the faithful are required to believe Adam and Eve had imortal bodies before the fall. However i find that the biblical narrative does not support this, so here are my reasons.
My reading of genesis 3 begs me to interpret this differently. To me it seems that eating from the tree of life grants immortality to man. God put man in the garden with access to the tree of life and gave no command not to eat from it. So Adam had access and the right to obtain immortality but he was not created with immortality. Upon eating from the tree of knowledge however, he lost the chance to obtain immortality for he was banished from the garden.
Reasons why this view makes sense from the text.
- gen 3:22 seems to suggest 4 things, that the tree of life gives eternal life; that Adam lost the chance to obtain immortality; that Adam had not yet eaten from the tree of life; he would only need to eat from it once to obtain eternal life.
- Also considering that Adam only need to eat from the tree of knowledge once to obtain knowledge permanently, then only eating from the tree of life once grants life permanently.
- The text never mentions Adam eating from the tree of life before the fall.
The main difference im getting at is, that God did not create man with an immortal body, rather God gave man a choice between Life and Knowledge. Man chose knowledge and not life. Man had access to immortality he was not created in an imortal state
Other questions to consider regaining jesus and man’s original state.
If Jesus did not have original sin how was he able to suffer, how was he able to die?
If Jesus was never crucified would he have suffered a natural death?
This also has me wonder about weather or not Man had sanctifying grace, i would not contend that adam did not have free will but did he have sanctifying grace im not sure. That can be another post however.