It Was a Cruel, Cruel World: Death and Life Before and After the Fall (Part 27)

The impact of the Fall on the record of nature is usually focused on the “curse.” The Bible has God speaking,

“And He said to Adam, “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it:’ The ground is cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the days of your life.”

Gen. 3:17 (HCSB)

The Hebrew word here is ‘arar, which means cursed.

Some interpreters focus on the curse to say that the entire earth system is infected including, for example, the introduction of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and the introduction of carnivorous activity into the animal kingdom.

Dr. Jason Lisle, a leading Young Earth proponent, says,

“…the earth, the plants, and all living creatures were changed as a result of the Curse.”

Dr. Lisle’s statement gives us a way by which we can test the extent of the curse on the record of nature. Does the natural world give evidence that it is cursed? What do we see?

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