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When God warned Adam about eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he said that in the day that he ate there of he would surely die.

Genesis 2:17 KJV

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

We know that Adam lived over 900 years on the Earth:

Genesis 5:5 KJV

And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

So Adam and Eve did not die physically that day, but the argument could be made that they did die in the respect that they were now separated from God for eternity.

Since God had created man in their image, which I take to mean as in three parts body, spirit, and soul.

If sin had separated man from God eternally, and man was condemned to eternity in the lake of fire that would be the second death:

Revelation 21:8 KJV

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

And since man was condemned to the lake of fire for eternity, which is the second death that would have taken place on the same day as their sin.

Could that have been the reason why:

Genesis 3:22 KJV

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

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Is this intended to be a question? –  Ryan Frame Dec 5 '13 at 1:30
    
@ Ryan Frame Yes it is what I believe I asked if God meant the death of the body, the death of the living Soul which Man became when God breathed the breath of life into Adam's nostrils, or the death of his Spirit. –  Bye Dec 5 '13 at 3:12
    
This question is often asked but because of the restrictions imposed by religious beliefs it is never answered. Because you are already limiting the scope of the answer as well I cannot vote you up. –  gideon marx Dec 5 '13 at 14:19
    
@ Gideon Marx In that case do you recommend that I delete the question? –  Bye Dec 5 '13 at 14:35
    
I have found that jayyesu gave a very satisfactory answer to this question in answer to another of my questions. please see his answer to: Since Jesus death paid our sin debt in full, why do Christians still die? –  Bye Dec 5 '13 at 14:58

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It can't have been his body, because he was still alive physically and didn't drop dead on the spot.

And it can't have been his soul because he felt naked after eating of the forbidden fruit. Which means his natural mind was still working.

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. - Gen 3:8

The only part left of us is our spirit which we cannot perceive through our 5 senses.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. - John 3:6

So I believe it was a spiritual death, not a natural death.

Why was he driven out of the garden? I believe it was so that he couldn't continue to eat of the tree of life and continue to live physically forever in a fallen state.

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Gen 3:22

I believe it wasn't so much that sin had separated God from man, but man from God. It was man who hid from God in the garden after eating the fruit and man who felt shame. God continued to reach out to man but sin kept man away from God.

But obviously things were not quite the same. Without a spirit that is alive they were unable to fellowship with God. They (and we) cannot relate to God spirit to spirit unless we are born again.

Gen 3:8-10:

8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

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You have explained it nicely.. –  Seek forgiveness Dec 6 '13 at 4:12
    
@ Matt Sorry I have not accepted and voted up your answer, but I have not revisited this question since you answered it. –  Bye Dec 6 '13 at 14:20

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