And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “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 from it you will certainly die.” —Genesis 2:16–17

Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died. —Genesis 5:5

If Adam lived for 930 years, then what died in him on the day he ate the fruit? Understanding and comprehending the answer to this question is what differentiates the cross of Christ from all the religions and philosophies of the world. The spiritual realm that enabled Adam to have a relationship with God died instantly, while the body took many years to die. The realm that ensured the absence of the cosmic vacuum died. The fall of humanity and the beginning of the present state started with the death of the spiritual faculty in mankind that could be in communion, communication and companionship with God. 

The dimension beyond mind and body that could communicate with God died. Consequently, death occurred in all realms. While spiritual death was the cause, physical death was the consequence. Supernatural beings became natural beings. The ability of human beings to live in constant community and intimacy with God died. 

We lost the ability to:

  • Experience their identity as children of God
  • Live in perfect love relationships within the community
  • Live forever in the body

In the military, if the command center is hit, all other units are cut off and become ineffective. When a computer’s operating system is infected with a virus, all the programs will crash. In the same way, humanity lost its ability to experience the awareness of God. Humanity was birthed in the original with a cognitive ability to be aware of God. Spiritual death brought the demise of this awareness. This state resulted in the recognition of inner emptiness, along with the birth of the desire to fill that inner spiritual vacuum with things from the dimensions of the mind and body. There is a cosmic vacuum that we try to fill with material things.

The death of the body is an event, while the death of the spirit is a state. Human beings are now born into this dead state of the spirit. The human dimension that had the ability to live in communion with God has been disconnected from Him. The human operating system is disabled. The spiritual core that defined human identity has been cut off. A chasm formed between the Spirit of God and the spirit of mankind, causing the search for replacements. Humanity went from being spiritual, to being seekers (or deniers) of the spiritual. From a spiritual being defining our identity, human beings became “human doings,” identified solely through mind and body.