Genesis 2:17 surely die.
- To “die” has the basic idea of separation.
- It can mean spiritual separation, physical separation, and/or eternal separation.
- At the moment of their sin, Adam and Eve died spiritually, but because God was merciful they did not die physically until later (Genesis 5:5).
- There is no reason given for this prohibition, other than it was a test.
- There was nothing magical about that tree, but eating from it after it had been forbidden by God would indeed give man the knowledge of evil—since evil can be defined as disobeying God.
- Man already had the knowledge of good.
Discussion question: How did Adam and Eve understand God’s warning (Genesis 2:17) “surely die”
- They witnessed the death of animals before they disobeyed God. This enabled them to understand God’s warning [This supports Biologos view, only if you hold a literal view of genesis]
- They never witnessed the death of anything. Therefore God explained death to Adam and Eve. [An argument from silence]
- Neither - this part of Genesis is poetic [Neither supports nor denies Biologos position of death before Adam and Eve]