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...and to dust you shall return.
Death entered this world because of man's decision to disobey the one law God imposed upon him.
As man had thrown off God's one law upon his behavior and did what he wanted to do instead, God also removed His one law from man's home, the creation.
You recall that one of the basic laws of science, the second law of thermodynamics, states that everything in the creation, left to itself, eventually runs down (becomes more and more disordered; decays and dies). It was God's continual exertion of power, a 'higher law', that kept everything "very good" despite the second law. God took out the one law He imposed upon the creation that limited its action. The creation without God's 'higher law' limiting its behavior is dying even as its master, man, who chose to free himself from God's 'higher law' limiting his behavior, is dying.
Another, even more understandable way of stating this is that since man didn't want God's law, God did not 'keep up the house while the children went wild', so to speak. We live in a world of hurts, pains, tears, lawlessness, disappointments, and death because man did not (and still doesn't) want God's 'interference' in his affairs, NOT because God intended for us to live like this!
The dogma of evolution (which is man's attempt to explain everything he sees around him without involving God) states that through millions of years of struggle for existence and the death of countless billions of life forms, man finally emerged. The Bible record stands in stark opposition as it states that because of man's sin, the struggle and death we see today entered the world.
Satan, the one who tempted Eve and Adam in Eden, is also a created being. Good and evil have not been in 'eternal opposition' as many believe. The Bible states that Satan let pride in himself and his position drive him to reject God's authority over him. This occurred sometime between God completing His creating and the record recounted above. Satan already knows about the glories of God and has rejected being a part of it. He could be no higher than he was when he rebelled, so since he was not satisfied with that position, he will be sent into eternal torment (hell) when sentences are handed down at the coming judgement.
I will blot out man whom I have created...
God must judge sinful man.
It would be just as wrong for God to allow disobedience to go unchecked as it would be for a judge to allow a law-breaker to continue his actions without fear of punishment. Since God can do no wrong, He is compelled by His own all-good nature to judge. The flood record in Genesis 6-8 is physical proof of God's hatred and judgment of sin.
Geologists study the layers of rock of the earth's crust. For over 150 years, it has been believed that these layers were laid down slowly over millions of years, but with such overwhelming evidence throughout the geologic record of catastrophic upheavals that cannot be explained by continuing natural processes, some geologists are abandoning this theory for one involving great catastrophies. Another reason many geologists are modifying their interpretation of the rocks is that the layers were laid down by water all over the earth. Of course, they will not admit to a single, planetary cataclysm, but will believe in many local catastrophies.
In these rock layers are buried billions of remains of plants and animals called fossils. Now, if one sees billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth, the logical conclusion is a cataclysmic planetary flood as described in detail in Genesis.
It is estimated that the earth had a population of at least 7,000,000,000 at the time of the flood (the present - early 2006 - population is around 6,500,000,000). Out of this great number of people, only 8 were saved. From this we see that God saves only those who live under His rule. We also see that God doesn't 'grade on the curve', allowing the best of the bad to set the standard. Noah's faith in God and work on the ark, his surrendering to God's authority and instruction, saved him and his family from the destruction that God said no human would survive.