So far we have been looking at the fall of Adam and Eve from Edenic conditions from the perspective on the implications it had on their fall from an immortal to a mortal state.
The fall had other more immediate and urgent implications as well.
Eden, from its descriptions appears to have been of limited geographical extent and a place of lower entropy. It is described as a " garden" where every need appears to have been catered for.
We learn more about the garden simply by the contrast between it and the outside world, that Adam and Eve are cast out into, after partaking of the forbidden fruit.
From Genesis 3 we learn that the outside world is is a place of:
- v14 cursing and eating of dust
- v15 enmity and violence
- v16 sorrow, desires and ruling
- v17 cursing and sorrow
- v18 thorns and thistles
- v19 sweat, work and eventual death and decomposition
These are the things we know and that are an every day part of our lives.
This is the world we live in.
It is the world of ever increasing Entropy.
Entropy is a measure of the degrees of freedom in a system, put differently it is the number of choices or options available at any given time.
A system with high entropy has many available options or possible outcomes, whereas a system with low entropy has fewer degrees of freedom.
Thanks to understanding the laws of thermodynamics we now know that systems tend to devolve and become more disorganization over time unless there is some form of energy input or work to maintain the current level of order.
In this world we live in... if one does not actively do something to maintain stuff, that stuff tends to fall apart over time.
That is because there are far more ways for things to become less organised than there are ways for things to become ordered. As systems evolve over time they follow the path or "pick the choices" that require the least energy, therefore things under these circumstance are likely to follow the path of least resistance.
I like to think of it that Time flows in one direction only and that is because it follows the path of least resistance. Time does not flow backwards because that would require it to flow uphill, so to speak.
That is why our lives consist of work, work, work.
We have to constantly be inserting energy into the system to counter the energy that flows out of the system in the form of disorder, waste and decay.
Eden was different, entropy or the tendency to fall apart and unravel was lower.
It appears that in Eden the direct presence of God either provided the necessary energy to maintain things in an ordered state or that simply that presence meant that things decayed more slowly, if at all.
It is easy for me to consider that Eden had far fewer degrees of freedom.
In fact we only read about two choices in this regard. One would maintain a blissfully ignorant immortal state that would last forever or the other that would introduce drastic change.
The latter was chosen and as a direct consequence, a new world with many more options or "degrees of freedom" ensued.