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Was There Death Before Sin?
I believe that the punishment of death in Genesis three was spiritual. They died spiritually. They were separated from God. Adam and Eve did not physically die immediately, but lived for many years. Adam lived 930 years and had sons and daughters (Genesis 5:3-5). Romans 5:12 says, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned" (KJV). The "death" in this verse passed upon all men, not all plants, not all animals, for all have sinned. Have the plants sinned, have the animals sinned? No! The all refers to all men have sinned. The death by sin is spiritual.
Adam and Eve ate plants for food. Eating plants kills them. Some animals only live for a few hours and die. So there was death of plants and animals before Adam sinned. All agree that Satan sinned before Adam fell. Some say that Satan took a third of the angels from heaven in rebellion against God. What affect did Satan's fall have on creation?
Some say that the world started to decay when Adam fell (sinned). They see the 2nd law of thermodynamics starting with Adam's fall. The sun was created on the fourth day. The sun burns energy which involves the 2nd law of thermodynamics. The sun can not burn without the 2nd law of thermodynamics. So the 2nd law of thermodynamics did not start when Adam fell.