Did God Lie to Adam?

Supposed contradiction and verses:


Did God lie to Adam about when he would die?.


When he ate from the tree:

Genesis 2:17

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.


Over 900 years later:

Genesis 5:4-5

4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:

5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.




   This one is actually a blatant disregard for what the text reads. Re-read Genesis 2:17 and notice that God does not say ON the day, but rather IN the day. This is a predictive form of speech. Adam would have lived forever, and never known death had he obeyed God. “In the day” is figurative of some point or era in time. Just as when we reflect on things and say “Back in the day” that does not refer to a specific date, but rather an event or time phase. This is the same here. There are to different time phases, the first being before the fall, the second being after. God was referring to the point of after, that in the time phase of him disobeying, he would then surely die and not live forever. Not on the exact day.

   There is no contradiction!


In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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