Interesting thread, just had to post! If Adam and Eve had not sinned in the Garden Of Eden, mankind would be living in a perfect paradise on earth, this is what God originally intended for mankind. But, because they sinned, and God loved his creation (humans), he layed forth the bible's first prophecy, at Genesis 3:15 predicting a "seed", namely Jesus to come forth and exchange (ransome sacrifice) his perfect life for Adam's life, thus buying back what was lost. This enabled future humans the chance to worship God and to approach him, through Jesus, in prayer. His death also enables our sins to be forgiven, Ephesians 1:7. Satan the devil, from the beginning, by deceiving Eve and causing the sin in Eden has set forth events that have caused mankind to die, live in suffering and feel that there is no hope. Jesus "bought" back what Got originally intended for man and earth. The bible points forth events which will mark the last days of lawlessness by wicked humans. Anyone with a brain can see the progression of wars, famine, sickness and disease. Eventually, Satan and his demons will be destroyed, Rev. 20: 1-3, Romans 16:20. Earth will be returned to paradise and there will be a resurrection, John 5:28, 29, Acts 24:15. Psalms 37:11 talks about the earthly paradise as well as Matthew 6:10. Incidentally, there is no such thing as **** ! The bible speaks of Sheol, (Ecclesastes 9:5,10), but this is a Hebrew word..She'ohl', which means "common grave". God is Love, and does not cause death or sickness or unhappiness. He sets forth principles and laws in the bible for healthy living, marriage and clean living. One more thought, carbon dating is fine, but the flood has thrown off the fossil record.