Many Christians believe in evolution despite that it says in the very first chapter of the Bible that God created the world and all that is in it in six days. Many Christians view evolution as the process in which God created the world, but do not realize that this view is incompatible with the full message of the Bible. Romans 5:12 says “just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin.” Sin is what caused death. Death is often described as separation from God. Jesus experienced this death while on the cross he cried out “Father, why have you forsaken me?”
When God created the Garden of Eden and man He described it as “all very good.” Can you imagine a world of frail, dying bodies (human or animal) as “very good” to a mighty God? In the beginning God walked with man in the garden. After the original sin of Adam and Eve, God left their presence, cursed the ground, and death was initiated in Genesis 3:19 – “For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”
Evolutionists teach that millions of years elapsed of animals living and dying before man ever even came into existence. How is that possible if death (sin) didn’t begin until man in the garden? If death didn’t enter the world through man, why would Jesus be necessary to come back and deliver us from death (eternal life) if death was always a part of the design of creation?
Old-earth creationists claim that the original sin was more of an allegory towards spiritual death. This claim does not understand the nature of the original Garden of Eden. It was a perfect place, basically heaven on Earth. No thorns, everything was vegetarian (Gen. 1: 29-30), no death. Their physical bodies were perfect, unlike anything we can imagine. Their genome was complete, void from any errors or missing information. There would be no tiring or sickness that we are used to. So, although Adam/Eve did not physically die when they ate of the forbidden tree, that process began… and they would have known it, felt it immediately.
If original sin only started a spiritual death, why did Jesus need to die physically and rise physically? In the Old Testament, why were sins always dealt with through sacrificial death? The entire storyline of the Bible is Jesus returning to allow us a pipeline back to that perfect state of living in the presence of God, exampled in the garden. Evolution, through introducing physical death for millions of years before Adam, destroys the entire gospel message and is therefore incompatible with Christianity.