Was There Death Before Adam’s First Sin? Theistic evolution, i.e., the teaching that God created the universe through evolutionary processes, inevitably requires death before Adam’s first sin. In other words, over the course of millions of years, according to this position, all forms of life gradually evolved and died, eventually culminating in the arrival of Adam – the first homo sapiens. Of course, such an understanding is completely antithetical to the biblical account. How so? Romans 6:23 clearly states “the wages of sin is death.” In short, death is the consequence of sin. Thus, in order for theistic evolution to be valid, sin would have had to have entered into the creation prior to Adam. However, the Bible is painstakingly clear that Adam by his first sin plunged the created order into sin. Romans 5:12 declares: “Wherefore, as by one man [i.e. Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned [in Adam].” The Apostle Paul likewise teaches in 1 Corinthians 15:21-22: “For since by man [i.e. Adam] came death, by man [i.e. Christ] came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Romans 8:19-23 also describes how God subjected the creation “to vanity” and “the bondage of corruption” in response to Adam’s first sin. In conclusion, theistic evolution is incompatible with biblical account since Adam by his first sin plunged creation into sin and death.