Some argue that the Bible is contradictory concerning whether Adam would die the same day after he ate the fruit. The argument is that Genesis 2:16-17 says that Adam would die the same day, yet Genesis 5:5 says that Adam lived 930 years. However, there is a very simple explanation that eliminates this alleged contradiction.
Scriptures – Why Didn’t Adam Die the Day He Ate the Fruit?
Genesis 2:16-17 – Adam Would Die the Same Day
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
Genesis 5:5 – Adam Lived 930 Years
Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. Genesis 5:5
The Answer – Why Didn’t Adam Die the Day He Ate the Fruit?
Adam Died Spiritually
The simple explanation is that Adam did die the day he ate the fruit. He died spiritually, not physically. When Adam ate the fruit, he fell into sin and sin entered into the world, causing him and all of his offspring to become “dead” in sin (Ephesians 2:1) and in need of a savior.
More Answers to “Contradictions” in the Bible
To read more answers to alleged and apparent contradictions in the Bible, see “Contradictions” in the Bible Answered.
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