If Adam never ate of Tree and never fell, what would happen? Death entered through sin, but only eating of the Tree would you have eternal life. So, I just wonder what would happen if he never fell and if he didn't eat of the Tree of Life.
I recently bought the Chrysostom Bible commentary on Genesis, and something I read really confuses me. First of all, is this series truly from writings of St. John Chrysostom? The way it's written does not anywhere seem how he'd write, I can't explain it; it's just a feeling I have about it. For example, one thing that strikes me as odd. The author/editor (whatever he is) makes very extensive use of Hebrew. He gives Hebrew roots and words for many things. This seems strange to me as St. John Chrysostom would be using Greek instead.
This part I read really confuses me as it contradicts everything I've been taught on the subject.
This is what brought about my first set of questions above.
The fact that man was not forbidden to eat from the tree of life meant that he was eating of it before he contravened God's command to abstain from eating of the tree of knowledge. It is important to remember this point in order to avoid the erroneous teaching that, had he not transgressed, man would have lived eternally on earth
More on what disturbs(?) me.
This seems (to me) to say that death was already around before the Fall or that man knew about death before the Fall.
In Genesis 3:19 it is not death that is instated, but rather the difficulty of life. Death is assumed as a given: "In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground [emphasis in original], for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return".
Lastly on this subject
My understanding is that God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden after the Fall because he didn't want them to eat of the Tree of Life and have sin be immortalised. That is what my Spiritual Father taught me, and what I've always understood on the subject. However, these excerpts just seem to contradict all of this.
So, in order to give a wake-up call, the Lord God forbids him to eat from the tree of life...as a reminder that he cannot live forever as the deities do. The man is dust to dust and remains so.
So, these questions basically boil down to, were these truly excerpts from St. John Chrysostom? Can this be trusted? Or, was my and my SF's understanding on this subject wrong?