All was going as planned. A variety of tree species surrounded the first couple (Gen 2:9), a cute pair with the entire universe to themselves. Even lion and lamb muzzled together,forget oil spills, streams provided the freshest water; communion with God was constant, what else did they need? Nobody needed hoes, for the ground wasn’t cursed. Who needed hospitals (that’s even if the word “immunity” existed at all!) Adam and Eve had been designed to live forever. Insurance brokers would have gone home, risk was at zero, Ban Ki-Moon would have been on another job, and so would counselors and funeral service directors. Until Adam spoilt the party. The writer of Romans sums it up quite well. “Therefore just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men because all sinned.” (Rom 5:12) We had been meant to live forever, hadn’t Adam and Eve gone plucking in rebellion. Now alot (Including Climate change experts and salary bank accounts) promises to return humanity to Eden. But thank God for sentences like this in Rom 5:16-17, for because of them, we are assured of return to paradise – through another Adam, here we go! “The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation but the gift followed many and brought justification. For if through the trespass of one man, death reigned through that man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. ” Thank God for the second Adam, who could have stood the sting of permanent death, how could we have lived forever?