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Where in the Bible does it say 'when God created us he didn't intend us to die' and 'he made us like him'?

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Thank you for this question about living forever, death, and being made in the image of God.

The phrase 'when God created us he didn't intend for us to die' is not found specifically in a Bible verse. However, the principles of this truth are found throughout the scriptures.

The second phrase, 'He made us like Him' can be found in the scriptures. In Genesis 1:27 we read: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God made us to be like Him. This can be shown through our ability to create, to think and contemplate, to compose art, to love and have complex feelings and in a multitude of other ways. These are all Godly characteristics that He has placed within each one of us as evidence of who He is.

When God created Adam and Eve He called them "very good" (Genesis 1:31). This would have included every part of their bodies, free from disease and decay. We can see that death entered the world at the fall in Genesis 3. After the serpent tempted Adam and Eve to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, God said to Adam:

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return. (Genesis 3:19).

Here we see God saying that Adam, and every man after him, will return to dust, being a symbol of death. It is therefore strongly suggested that man would have lived forever. Further to this, God had to banish Adam and Eve from the garden, and God tells us why:

Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—" therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. Genesis 3:22-23). The belief here is that if Adam and Eve had eaten from the Tree of Life, they would have continued to live forever.

Since this time, even though we continue to display some of God's attributes such as creativity and emotions, we are also separated from God because of our sin. We all will die one day, returning to dust as God declared.

However, even though we die, in one sense we continue to live forever. Our soul is not made to be temporary but eternal. The Bible tells us that we will either live forever in the presence of God in heaven or we will continue to be separated from Him, being in hell.

Jesus tells us that there is only one way that we can get to heaven, and that is through Him: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). If you want to go to heaven when you die, then you need to go to Jesus. "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12).

Jesus lived a perfect life, being tempted just as Adam and Eve were, and yet He did not sin. He died on the cross taking the punishment for our sin and rose again from the dead to show His power over death. By accepting Him as Lord and Saviour we can be with God when we die.

Will you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?

In summary, the Bible shows us that although Adam and Eve were created very good and made in God's image, they chose to turn away from God. It is at this point that sin and death entered the world, and God made it clear that they will die, returning to dust. However, each of us will live forever in one place or another, and so it is important that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour so that we can be in Heaven with God when we die.

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