I have a question for the Young Earth Creationists here. It is an honest theological question, based on my own ignorance of Christian theology.
I have heard and read many times that evolution goes against the statement in Romans 5 : > Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned
This verse appears to say that before the Fall, brought on by Adam’s sin, there was no death, and therefore evolution before Adam’s sin is impossible. I have also heard other interpretations of this passage stating that Paul is not referring to actual death but to spiritual death. Is there any basis for this idea?
I looked at Romans and found so much evidence that Paul is not talking about physical death, that I am truly amazed that anyone could miss it. Of course its entirely possible that I am missing something, since my Biblical background is very poor. That is why I asked the question and would strongly welcome input from YEC commenters.
In other parts of Romans 5 and in Romans 7, Paul mentions death several times, and it clearly doesnt mean physical death. One example is 7:9-11
9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.
Is Paul dead when writing this? Clearly not. And yet he says he died, and was put to death.
So help me here. Why is Paul referring to one kind of death in Romans 7 (and also in Romans 5:11) namely spiritual death brought by sin, and instead means actual mortal death only in Romans 5:2?