12/04 - OrangeMan writes ...
Mr. Niednagel - Since death did not enter the world until Adam's sin, and the universe was perfect previous to that, did the first humans, still in their perfection, perform natural bodily functions such as sweating and urinating?
Indeed, quite an intriguing question! Thank you for writing. As the Bible clearly states, death did not enter the world until Adam sinned, which does not ride well with other alternative views of creation (i.e. 'day-age,' 'progressive,' etc), who all place suffering and death before the Fall. Yes, everything in the beginning was "good," just as God said it was. Although Adam and Eve were perfect, they were human, and therefore would have performed the same body functions that you and I do today (although whether to the same degree is another matter). The Lord told Adam, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely..." (Gen 2:16). One can safely assume that if Adam ate, he also disposed of what he ate.
With regards to sweating, it's interesting to note that after the Fall, God said to Adam, "By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread..." (Gen 3:19). Does this imply that Adam did not sweat before this? We do know Adam worked before the Fall, as it says in Genesis 2:15, "Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it," but did Adam sweat as he worked? This is perhaps unanswerable, and probably irrelevant (although God surely made man with the capability to sweat, which aids in cooling off the body). What we can say is this: The work Adam performed before the fall was not nearly as tiresome or taxing as it was after the Fall. There were no thorns and thistles, and the ground had not yet been "cursed."
Back to your question. There is nothing sinful about sweating or urinating. Yes, they were perfect, and performing natural body functions did not make them any less perfect. Without getting into any unnecessary or inappropriate details, you can be sure that in their unflawed, newly created state, and eating only that which grew from the ground, their 'waste' would have been nothing like ours. Even if it was, it doesn't matter. There is nothing imperfect about sweating and urinating.
Truly, you have an inquisitive mind, my friend, and I thank you for giving me some new thoughts to think about.
Thanks for writing,
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