The Holy Scriptures describe death as an enemy to be destroyed (I Corinthians 10:25). The Scriptures also describe death as the wages of sin. Both of which indicate that death is a moral evil (and/or the result of moral evil, although moral evil might not be the correct terminology for this context).
The Scriptures say little about the Tree of Life, so I will forbear from saying more than this (at the moment):
In Genesis, God does not say that Adam “must eat from the Tree of Life, or he will surely die.” God does, however, tell Adam not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge “for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” There is not a law connected with the Tree of Life, but there is one connected with the Tree of Knowledge.
I really like Job 38-40. They remind us how utterly microscopic our knowledge really is when compared to God’s:
Job 40:3-5 (ESV)
Then Job answered the LORD and said:
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
I have spoken once, and I will not answer;
twice, but I will proceed no further.”
I suppose predation is part of the post-fall natural order that is currently in existence. However, the book of Job certainly doesn’t say that it was an aspect of God’s original “very good” creation. Certain other passages of Scripture also imply that predation wasn’t a part of God’s original Creation (I believe we’ve brought some of them up in this discussion already).
(Side note). Lutheran theologians generally say that the Image of God was lost at the fall (however, we also say that humans still have special dignity as beings who were created in the Image of God and that the Image of God is being restored in Christians [although it won’t be fully restored until the resurrection]).
The Image of God is another thing that I would be interested in hearing your take on. Does evolution affect this doctrine?
How do you resolve Romans 5?
Thank you both for this interesting discussion, and I look forward to hearing (well…reading ) your responses!