The symbol is a “D” for death with the skull and crossbones. According to Genesis 3:17-19, not only man was affected by the Curse, but the ground and the plants are specifically mentioned as being affected. Then, in Romans 5:12, we are told that death was not part of the world before Adam sinned. In Romans 8:20-22, we are told that everything God made was affected by the Fall of Adam and that this was not just a reference to a spiritual death but that physical death began at the time of Adam. To believe that physical death was part of the world before Adam sinned, is to reject one of the clearest and most fundamental teachings of Scripture.
Death is the result of a moral choice made by one man who was put in charge over creation. It was not part of the process which created him. (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12; 8:20-22, 1 Corinthians 15:21)
Romans 8:20-22 (NLT)
20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Genesis 3:17-19 (NLT)
17 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. 18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. 19 By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
Romans 5:12 (NLT)
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
1 Corinthians 15:21 (NLT)
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.
Death is because of man; it didn’t help create man.
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