Wouldn't the original animals God created, and which Adam named, have lived much longer than they do now, like Adam did?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that they may have, but that would be pure speculation. The Bible does record that God apparently killed animals immediately after Adam and Eve fell into sin, in order to make garments for them (Genesis 3:21). Also, there would have been routine animal death from the relationship between predators and prey. Therefore, animal death was apparently not placed on the same level of importance or significance as human death, which was also implied by God specifically giving humans dominion over other life forms (Genesis 1:28), as well as by the sacrifice of animals as offerings to God (Genesis 4:4).

I would also think that as the population of the earth expanded and spread out, it would have involved a certain amount of habitat destruction, and thus possible animal death, which would have been accelerated even more after God gave humans specific permission to use animals for food (Genesis 9:3) (if they had not already been doing so prior to the Flood) -- although humans were still routinely living hundreds of years as late as Genesis 11.

November 29 2017 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini ainsley chalmers Medical Research Scientist, devoted family man.
The animals like Adam and Eve would have been mutation free at the time of the fall so they like Adam and Eve would have lived much longer lives assuming they weren't hunted for food, which they would have been.

Sin results in death because it separates us from God and thereby subjects us to increased DNA mutation rates which results in shorter life spans.

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