Adam and Eve Ate the Fruit, Why?

Introduction to the Poison In Eden

This article is one of several written about the lives of Adam and Eve before, during, and after mortality; and is based on teachings found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints though this article is not an official document endorsed by the church or any of its leaders.The views expressed here are the author's understanding of LDS teachings.

Adam and Eve were not dolts! They knew the commandments of God, but as with their posterity, life happens. Agency helped pave the way for all that has followed since Adam and Eve's mortal beginnings.

Adam decided to poison himself to keep his marriage covenant to Eve and keep God's commandment to multiply and replenish the Earth! ....Sounds almost like Romeo and Juliet except for the boy gets the girl!

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Except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat of that tree!

The reason they could not eat of this tree (depicted to the right) is that it would cause the seeds of death to grow in the bodies that God created for them. For the Plan of Salvation God orchestrated to glorify and sanctify humanity to work, Adam and Eve needed to choose to partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil or remain forever in the Garden of Eden in a child-like mental state.

And still, He forbade them to eat warning them of the death that would follow if they did.

By placing the tree in the Garden, it provided opposition to the commands of God and choice: eat and die or not eat and live in paradise.

Why italic paradise and not TRUE Paradise?

To obey the first commandment to be fruitful and multiply, Adam and Eve had to partake of the fruit. If they never partook of the fruit of that tree, they would still live in the garden to this day! Just a couple of people living--two humans isolated from others who would never exist!

For some reason, Adam and Eve could not produce children in their perfect state of immortality. They needed to be mortal. The prophet Nephi taught that if Adam had not listened to his wife Eve and partook of the fruit of the tree of good and evil

...he would have remained in the garden of Eden.

And ALL THINGS which were created must have REMAINED IN THE SAME STATE in which they were after they were created;

and they must have remained forever, and had no end! (punctuation and bold added)

Nothing would have changed unless Adam and Eve partook! Thankfully they did partake.

The Fruit

The fruit of this tree, colloquially named sin, was delicious and tempting to the senses.

It was pleasurable but deadly. The price for knowledge to proceed with the Plan of Salvation was high. God placed the tree in the garden because it provided Adam and Eve with the choice to obey or disobey. Adam and Eve had to choose to participate in the plan because God could not instruct them to partake of the fruit.

Satan desired to be God. Unlike God, however, he endeavored to control the Plan of Salvation and dictate how it transpired for each person regardless of choice. He did not fancy Adam and Eve to fail necessarily as has been popularly believed, but that they should worship him as the Father of Creation.

His meddling in the plan to convince Eve to partake of the fruit proved advantageous for the progress of the plan, but in the end, Satan would not have them as his children as he hoped.

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Innocence of Youth

Adam and Eve were as innocent as if they were children while living in Eden.

They were naked and not ashamed because the desires that come so naturally to humanity had not awakened within them.

Satan, not having a body himself, did not know of those passions but he was aware that they were to be a part of the human experience.

Satan did not care for such things at the time not knowing the power it has over humanity. He only wanted to lead Adam and Eve down to subjugation. This view in opposition of those who would imply that Eve was anything but virtuous when she knew her husband following their expulsion from Eden's garden.

A tradition has decided to debase the honor and integrity of humanity's first parents. In solemn truth, Adam and Eve broke no commandments save the transgression to partake of the sin-fruit of that tree.

Modern day witnesses testify of the virtue of Adam and Eve as circumspect before the Lord and innocent as children until they gained their knowledge and became like one of the gods, knowing good and evil--receiving the ability to act rather than only acted upon.

Sin - Strychnine

Sin is the willful act to disobey the will of God in full knowledge. Where there is no knowledge, there is no sin. Children have no sin but are alive in the Atonement of Christ.

A child may transgress a law, but cannot sin seeing as how that child does not know that it is wrong other than a parent disapproves of it--at least until the child reaches the age and mental state of accountability before God, revealed as being the age of eight years.

The tree's fruit had the power to alter the chemical make-up of Adam and Eve's physical bodies. It would change their neurological constitution and cause the poisonous blood to flow through their veins that causes decay and degeneration. If a person drinks Strychnine what will happen?

Strychnine

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Strychnine was used to kill rats in the past and was an import from China to Europe.

The benefit of strychnine outweighed the hazard to humans because controlling the rats prevented disease like The Black Death plague.

Among other things, strychnine was a necessary danger to promote the overall health of communities. On occasion, some poor soul would ingest the seeds and sow the anti-reward of a painful and agonizing death left untreated.

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Strychnine is a neurotoxin affecting the brain, which controls the functions of life.

The elements of the body would fail due to the inclusion of a foreign substance that did not support the neurological functions of the victims of strychnine.

The body would respond by going through biological changes that ultimately ended in death.

Satan knew that the very elements of the bodies of Adam and Eve would fight against them if they disobey the Creator.

The elements would eventually stop functioning the way they were commanded and return to chaos. This is called death because the spirit and body would no longer function together.

All the elements love the Father because He is just. If the pinnacle of His creations, humans, were to disregard God's word and disobey a decree, the elements would no longer honor men, because men do no honor themselves.

The bodies of Adam and Eve would eventually grow weary and die because they were not worthy of immortality.

God told Adam and Eve they would surely die after partaking of the fruit and they surely did die. The scriptures teach that Adam's body betrayed its spirit after obeying the Father to give Adam life over 900 years.

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When Satan approached Adam, he was refused immediately about partaking of the fruit of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Eve did the same, but Satan persisted with Eve because she would give him ear. Eve understood that she wanted and needed to become like the Father but did not know how.

Satan convinced her that if she partook of the tree's fruit, she would learn how to become like the Father. Once she partook, she started to realize and understand the plan better.

She also explained to Adam who decided to partake of the fruit to stay with her and keep the other commandment to be fruitful and multiply. With their eyes now, open to knowing good and evil they could discern the serpent as Lucifer, the brother who rebelled and wanted to be like the Father, without taking any of the risks of mortality.

James T. Summerhays

James T. Summerhays wrote an article on the edge of orthodoxy related to Mother Eve. Said he

...Margaret Barker, a scholar who has much to say about feminine wisdom, thoroughly documents that the early post-exilic Israelites were not monotheists but understood Elohim to be both male and female; they understood that there was not only a Father but a divine Mother as well, and the Israelites called her name Wisdom. This Mother was involved in the creation of the world and in the creation of Adam and Eve...

...How apropos that the divine woman, called Wisdom, created a daughter in her image, Eve the Wise. Eve followed the divine female pattern by partaking of the tree of knowledge.

...In looking at the story of the Fall, Eve's wisdom puts her one step ahead of Adam on more than one occasion. When God commands Adam not to partake of the tree of knowledge, he simply takes God's word at face value and goes about his way enjoying the delights of the garden.1

Summerhays's perspective may offend many who have long held tradition of God and Adam & Eve in a particular cultural tradition, however, the fact remains that Eve understood and partook first, even though she was deceived into thinking Satan was concerned about her salvation when in fact he just wanted a worshiper.

She was not deceived about the benefit of the fruit and she explained it too her husband, who wisely listened to her counsel and partook.

Modern day prophets assure of the wisdom and righteousness of Adam and Eve. President Gordon B. Hinckley, rest his soul, extolled the virtue of Eve and all women when he said

Gordon B. Hinckley

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Woman [Eve and all] is God’s supreme creation. Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created; and only then was the work pronounced complete and good.

Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth.2

It is suiting in modern society that Satan would work to destroy the image and honor of women and distort their true divine nature--make them seem like second class people--an afterthought!

Women are the last to be organized not because they are the least of all of God's creations, but the most precious jewels of all creation. Men must always remember that their wives [all women] are not second to them, but equal and costly beyond any other association.

The Tree of Life

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Point to Remember

Sin = Death

Death is the separation of the spirit from the body. The body ceases to function, and the spirit goes to paradise or prison--heaven or hell.

The Tree of Life grants eternal life also represents the love of God. In His wisdom and great mercy, God provided a tree that sustains human life for eternity called love.

Love is what makes the universe function. The planets stay aligned to produce the forces that provide the correct amount of gravity and oxygen for us to breathe on this planet because all the elements obey and love Jesus Christ.

Each atom loves God and does not fly apart from our bodies because it honors the Lord for His justice.

The Charcoal Treatment of Atonement

When He created worlds, Jesus Christ watched all things until all obeyed His commands--and only then did He declare them good. As strychnine is the representation of sin or transgression in this article, let love or a charcoal treatment be the cure for sin.

It takes more than a pill to save a person from strychnine poisoning as it takes more than an apology to take care of sin.

Someone must pay for it. At the time of Adam and Eve, no one had paid for the original sin. The very seeds that sowed death in the bodies of Adam and Eve could have been charcoaled away in the instant, but the wages of sin is death, both spiritual and temporal--somebody had to die for the transgression.

Had Adam and Eve partaken of the antidote immediately they would have remained in sin, cut off from God's presence--spiritually dead. If they could physically have children, all of them would have lived forever genetically, but never return to heaven to receive the rewards Father has to offer.

God's words would not have been void for the sextillions of people waiting to come to earth, and the Plan of Salvation for humanity would have been frustrated.

God could have started over with a new Adam and Eve damning the first couple for all time. God loves ALL of his Children. So He prohibited, our first parents from partaking of the Tree of Life, not because they were not loved, but because God loved them so much He provided a probationary time for them to have a chance to repent in this life and follow the path He laid out for them.

He reminded them that He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who would atone for their mistakes so that the elements of their body would break down, but Jesus Christ would pay for the demands of justice so that those elements would again return to reconstitute as immortal bodies to house their spirits.

Adam had to choose to partake of the fruit without interference from God as he did. And Jesus Christ had to opt to drink of the bitter cup to undo Adam's choice without interference from the Father--and he did.

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For official teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints you may go to LDS.org or Mormon.org. President Thomas S. Monson is called by God as His representative on the earth and authorizes him to speak on behalf of the church and to ordain others to do so. All references to "the church" are to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

© 2013 Rodric Johnson

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What do you think of my views of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden? 12 comments

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Rodric29 2 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

God did not fail my friends. He simply allows us to have our agency to choose. He has provided a plan for us to decide whether or not we accept Jesus Christ's atonement from Adam to the last person born before the world fulfills its purpose for creation. People deciding not to follow His commands is not a failure on God's part; it is a success.

Death, pain, suffering, misery, and hopelessness is a part of life that we must experience to understand life, peace, success, joy, and hope. It is not meant to be only a pleasant experience here. We would learn nothing if all we had were good times.


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A well-written hub and great images. Enjoyed it and thank you.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Rodric

Good luck


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Ib, yes I do think I am that special. I do have God's ear. I did read you comments. I am no better than any other person. My health is failing me right now and I am having to apply for disability. I am not free of trials.

I am not better than the next person. God loves us all the same and has a plan for all the billions of people who have lived and will live on this planet. There is not special secret to talking to God, only faith to open our mouths and be willing to listen and receive inspiration or revelation.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Rodric

You didn't read a word of my comment. Millions of people die while praying and having others pray for them, why do you think that you are so special that you have God's ear.

Are you better than these people, are you more deserving than these people, what is it?


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I promise you he will answer you. I did not always believe. I more than believe in God, I know him and know he is willing to help us get to where he is if we are humble enough to listen. Listen to him and make your own judgement. If you still hate him after you speak to him, fine. Don't give up just because what you grew up believing does not fit with what your limited understanding of what you think life aught to be.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Be skeptical, but be open to new ideas. Your mind needs to be open to possibility.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Rodric

That is your opinion but it is based on faith and not intelligence. There is no foundation for faith, as there has been no news from God for over two thousand years.

I grew up as a Catholic and went to parochial school for my first seven years. I liked the ideas that I was taught, but as I grew up I did my own thinking. We humans have high intelligence, but there is no intelligence needed to have blind faith. A dog has blind faith in their master, but dogs are not very intelligent. A dog at least can see, and be guided by their master.

The bibles were written by humans, men actually over a fifteen hundred year period, and it was a human that put all the writings into the bibles.

The stories in the bibles are well written but they are stories created by men. From Genesis you couldn't even know that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

If you believe the bible there was no heaven for Adam and Eve and their children, the Garden of Eden was their eternal paradise on Earth. Creating Eve by cloning makes women subservient to men, as was the tradition at the time that the bibles were being written.

How many billions of humans do you have to create before you realize that humans are failures, as much as were the angels. And if you already know the future, then stop the game. Because the game so far is a failure.

Why would humans do any better than did Adam and Eve? There was no difference that would make them more loyal or anything. Without making a change, it is fruitless to think that there would be a beneficial difference.

When Cain killed Abel, that should have been the game. Adam and Eve committed theft and disobedience, but Cain killed a person.

Even with God's help Moses never got to the promised land, even after 40 years.

The alleged tablets containing the Ten Commandments was easily broken by Moses.

The Jews were the chosen ones, but they didn't follow Jesus.

The list goes on and on.

If there is one God, then there should be one unified following. But there are religions that differ not because of what God wants, but what the humans that created the religion want.

Finally, the bibles are not self authenticating and God has chosen to be silent. So the bibles should stand alongside Aesop's Fables, and the story of Santa Claus.

Thanks


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

You are correct. I know not the number of angels, but if you read the articles that I have written, you can see what I believe. I am a LDS Christian, a Mormon. I believe in modern day prophets. I speak to God daily, and honestly, he does speak to me. Sometimes there are words, but mostly impressions or feelings. Very rarely in a audible voice. He does live. I did not always know that, but I know it ever since I asked him if he was there. It was the first time I ever heart God's voice and I have had a relationship with him since then--over 20 years.

Yeah, bad things happen. If you understand the plan of salvation it is not so bad. I have lost my grandmother and my own daughter, but I know that the plan will allow for us to meet again.

These bad things are the result of the Earth refusing to cooperate with human kind for rejecting his teachings. Humans are the only creation of God that can think like God. He cannot control us. We have our free will. He invites us to voluntarily give our wills to him. It is a choice which many will not make. I give my will by following his teachings and my life is blessed but still hard.

If we endure life well, all will be well with us in this life and the next.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Rodric

God has failed

he failed with the Angels

he failed with Adam and Eve

he failed with Cain and Abel

he failed with Moses

And he failed with the billions of humans, as the humans have not changed for the better before or after AD.

This is from the fable you call the bible.

Take away your bible and you have no contact with God, I don't mean that you don't talk to him, but he never responds.

All the natural disasters kill thousands and millions of people, and they call them acts of God.

I will bet that you cannot tell me how many angels are a third of the angels.


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Rodric29 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I appreciate your comment and for reading. You, ib, have the right to your views. I believe the story of the Eden Experience. It is beautiful and simple yet very complex and yielding. God did not fail with fallen angels. He suceeded in allowing all humanity have free agency. Those angels used that agency to rebel against a plan they did not agree with. Yes, God tests humans so that we can mature and become a god just like he is. For those who do not seek to be as our Father, he prepares a place for them to serve as angels in his royal courts.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

The garden of Eden story is childish, and shows the shallowness of the biblical God.

Even according to the bible, God failed with a third of the angels, and now he is going to test humans.

The biblical God failed at everything.

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