“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day” Genesis 1:31.
If everything God created was “very good,” where did death and disease come from?
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 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’” Genesis 2:15-17.
“Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate’” Genesis 3:13. God told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the forbidden tree they would die. They ate and the death process came into our world.
Death and disease was a punishment for Adam and Eve’s sin. We suffer death and disease now because of Adam and Eve’s sin, not our personal sin. (We do suffer from the choices we make. Some choices lead to death or disease, but not as a direct punishment of God because of our sin or choice.)
God created a perfect world, but sin brought death and disease. When Jesus, God the Son, came to earth, He had power over death and disease. “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness” Matthew 9:35-36.
God has the power to heal all disease and prevent death in the world. But His plan is not to remove the punishment of Adam and Eve’s sin in this world, but rather to remove it for the next. Jesus came to die on the cross not to prevent death, but to give us HOPE in death.
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’ ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”
1 Corinthians 15:54-57.