Can we imagine a world with no sickness, no disease, no allergies, no aging, and no pain? Considering the death that surrounds us everyday, it may be a challenge for us to imagine that scenario but there was a time when everything was perfect. God Himself said it was perfect. “And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31a).
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He took six days to create a perfect world, a perfect environment, perfect plants and animals, a perfect man and a perfect woman. The first thing God did was bless them. He told them to be fruitful, fill the earth, subdue it, and have dominion over all the animals (Gen 1:28). The very next instruction had to do with their sustenance, “And God said, ‘Look! I have given you the seed bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given all the grasses and other green plants to the animals and birds for their food.’ And so it was” (Genesis 1:29-30 NLT). Clearly God gave man the instruction to eat a plant based diet. The animals and birds were also given plants to eat. There was plenty of nourishment in the plants that God created to maintain and energize the animals’ bodies as well as Adam and Eve’s bodies who would do the work God planned for them. The supply of perfect food would be endless because the food itself carried the seeds that would produce more food. The food would eventually be available everywhere on the earth. Originally the earth would not have uninhabitable areas like it does now. It would not be filled with people, animals and vegetation but it would be habitable, that is, it would have a comfortable climate and fertile soil with a mist available to water the gardens. Before the Fall of Adam the entire earth would have been perfect. Temperate climates and gentle misting for perfect humidity, perfect air pressure and so on would allow for pleasant living everywhere on the earth. Even though the animals were also plant eaters, lush vegetation in a perfect world would provide for man as well as animals.