I have had some people--after explaining to them that death before the literal fall is contradictory--tell me that nothing is wrong with death, or it's actually good. It comes to no shock to me to hear such a response from some-one who never experienced perfection. Especially when that person holds an evolutionary presupposition.
Here are some reasons why death is not good.
1. When God created, His plan and intention was for them to remain in that perfection. He didn't plan to kick us out but knew He would have to. Going back to Romans 5:12 we read:
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned."
Death couldn't have existed until after Adam sinned. This doesn't just apply to Eden, this applied to the whole world. To have this in the Bible that have death have always existed is contradictory.
2. Death is described as an enemy. In 1 Corinthians 15:26 we read:
"The last enemy to be abolished is death."
If death is an enemy as the Bible describes it how can it be 'good'? Yes, Jesus had to die to save us from sin but when He rose He concurred it. Plus, before the fall when there was no death Jesus didn't have to save us from sin. Because there was no sin yet. Calling something like death good is against God's character.
3. Creation is groaning. Romans 8:22 says:
"For we know that the whole creation groaning together and travaileth in pain together until now."
The creation is groaning because of sin and death. To call death good is to call groaning pain good. That is also against God's character.
Those are my reasons for not believing death before the fall. We all have our different beliefs and it's great to discuss them but not let it separate us from one another.
Regarding what God meant by "you will surely die," see this article:
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