"And the Lord God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
When man fell in the Garden of Eden, the effects of that fall was extremely devastating not only for Adam and Eve, but according to Romans 5:12, all of man mankind and the ecological world as well. The fall of man in the garden even affected God to this extent: Before the fall of Adam in the garden, God rested on the 7th day after all of his creative activity. Since the fall, God has constantly been at "redemption" work (not surprising to Him), and has not rested since. Adam and Eve's fall, not only brought about sin and put man at odds with "Holy" God, but man has since been put at odds with the rest of God’s creation. God handed down judgment and punishment to everyone involved, including the serpent that was used by Satan to bring emity between God and man.
God executed his judgment on everyone involved in Genesis 3:14- 19:
So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this,"Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!You will crawl on your bellyand you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
To the woman he said,"I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
To Adam, HE said:"Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,'"Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you,and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
From that moment on, the whole human race" before the plan of salvation was put into motion, has been completely at odds with God, his creator and with all of creation. The Bible says, Adam's disobedience in the garden literlly caused all of creation to groan for redemption. The fowl of the air, the beast of the field, and the creeping things both on and in the earth even the fish of the seas and the natural environment all were affected by the fall that occurred in the Garden of Eden.
Now, from a long term perspective, Romans chapter 5:12 gave us the status report for all of creation as a result of sin. The Apostle Paul reminded us that death reign, the ecology system was upset, paradise was lost, and man (Adam) passed sin upon the whole human race. Paul, the Apostle tells us in Romans 3: 23 "All of us have sinned and come short of God’s glory". All of mankind became sinners in the eyes of God because of what happened in the garden and over the course of time in executing a "future judgment upon this earth, God will renovate the earth’s surface again and eradicate sin and all it touched from the face of the earth. The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:10:
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up".
When Adam and Eve feel prey to disobedience and sin in the garden, the overall effect of what they did affected the world in 5 clear and distinct ways:
Spiritually: the relationship that man enjoyed in communion with God in the garden before the fall no longer existed. Adam changed mmediately! His eyes were open and instantly, he did 3 acts to prove this: First, he reconized his nakedness. Second, he sewed fig leaves together to "cover up" and third, he hid (or tried) to hide from the presence of God the instant he heard God's voice. All of us every since then became "spiritually" separated from God. The reason for this was Adam and Eve had their children after the fall. This means that every one of them were not made in the image and likeness of God, but rather, the image and likeness of a "fallen Adam".
Throughout the Bible, man has shown all of the character traits of the fall. Jesus said that man would get worse and worse.. Using the Apostle Paul in both 1 Timothy 3 and 2 Timothy 3, God gives an "end time" list of the kinds of perilous behaviors that are regularly exhibited by people who are living out the effect of unconfessed and unrepentance due to SIN :
1 Tim 4:1-4
"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth."
2 Tim 3:1-9
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,having a form of godliness but denying its power." Have nothing to do with them. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth — men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
Psychologically, man’s mind (heart) as the Bible in Genesis 6:5-8; and 11-13 revealed since the fall, man's heart and mind was now constantly bent on doing that which was evil (without Jesus Christ). The Bible revealed the Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. It was so bad, that the Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air, for I am grieved that I have made them." But because Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord, God didn't totally destroy all of mankind .
Even the animal kingdom became psychotic and now many species of animals who were once docile since then became predators and since then began to attack and kill their own and other species of animals, even man.
Geological and climaticly: There were massive changes in both the geological and the ecological systems. The first time it ever rained on the earth, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Even after God renovated the earth in Genesis 6, (the flood) man continued to sin. Constantly, God sought to reconcile with every generation of the human race since Noah's descendants, sending prophets, judges, even kings, one named David he labled: "A man after my own heart but ultimately to limited avail". God would in his anger toward the sin and gross abominations of the people cause cataclysmic changes that effected the infrastructure of the earth's surface. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, formed volcanoes and volcanic eruptions, tidal waves tsumanies. Every now and then, there are mud slides due to torrential rain periods. All of these calamities over time have caused dramatic, even cataclysmic changes topographically,climatically as well as atmospherically This is reflected in many of the present and still changing conditions of the present earth. (global warming)
Physically, man, animals and environment became victims of all kinds of viral infections, as well as other air-blown infections, (from chemical warfare), pestilences, violent rain and wind storms (tornadoes, typhoons, hurricanes, etc.) earthquakes, massive flooding, mud and rock slides. These devastating life changing catastophies and the constant historic warring between various nations of men and women have left in their violent wakes massive deaths in both the human plant and animal world. Not only this, due not to just these pestilence and diseases, but in bringing the separation spiritually from God to the psychological change in man’s mindset.
Solution God's solution to the fall of Adam was to send a "Messiah, a Savior" that would reverse the curse upon Adam through the salvation. What did the Messiah do?
The Nelson's Bible Illustrrated Dictionary gives us this insight on the "Messiah"
He is the "one anointed" by God and empowered by God's Spirit to deliver His people and establish His kingdom. The Jews believed the Messiah would be the king of the Jews, a political leader who would defeat their enemies and bring in a golden era of peace and prosperity. From the Christian perspective, the term "Messiah" refers to Jesus' role as a spiritual deliverer, setting His people free from sin and death. As the Saviour, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ secures to the sinner a personal interest in the work of redemption. Salvation is redemption made effectual to the individual by the power of the Holy Spirit. Salvation negatively delivers us from three things: (1) the penalty, (2) the power, (3) the presence of sin. Positively it includes the inheritance of glory, bliss, and life eternal in and with God our Saviour.
Conclusion: The effects of what Adam and Eve's sin affected everything, but God gave us the greatest solution to the ongoing saga and plight of man and nature: Jesus Christ!
The Apostle Paul gives us a fitting conclusion to this saga:
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 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one 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.
Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.