Adam & Eve (3) - Degenerative Effects of the Fall - Imperfections of Life
Adam & Eve (3) - Degenerative Effects of the Fall - Aging describes the genetic deficiencies of the mortal human condition diffused into the human population because of the effects of the fall of Adam and Eve from immortal bliss described in Genesis of the Bible.
This article asserts the part imperfections in all arrays and severity afflicts the human race because of the choices made in the Eden Garden and its effect on the development of each of the countless lives ever sent to the blue globe of Earth since its formation. As if it needs to be written, the dark side of the Fall from Eden's Garden is the suffering it brought, a necessary experience for mankind.
Bad Things are Supposed to Happen
Research and science try to compensate for the failures and successes that come as natural consequences of the fall of Adam and Eve, or mortal life. In order to experience success, there must exist the possibility of failure.
The misconception that many maintain that life on Earth was meant for ease and glory forever causes many people to disbelieve in God and hate Eve for partaking of the fruit. These unfortunate souls do not have the whole story.
An ancient American prophet taught the imperative of both good and bad in life when he wrote that it "needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so... righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must...be a compound in one," 2 Nephi 2:11.
Bad things happen because it is part of the eternal plan of God to help humanity experience all needed to become like God. As unpleasant and horrible as life can be, that is the way God intended for it to be.
People experience the horrors of murder, torture, war, disease, hate, and confusion in mortal life for one reason only: The Chance to Become Like God. Paul instructs the Saints in Rome in Romans 8:16-17
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (New International Translation)
What were the sufferings of Christ?
He paid the penalty for each act of violation against the commands of God committed by each human from the first to the last--a retroactive atonement to cover all the penalties for the sins of humanity. In order to share in God's glory, all of humanity must endure the suffering of His Son. In other words, all people must humbly submit to life on Earth without becoming bitter and full of hatred as did Jesus Christ in order to get to heaven. Enduring in such a manner is also called bearing a cross.
Disease will happen whether people believe in God or not. Aside from making a covenant with God to live a life of love and service, the commitment is for the duration of mortality. God wisely inflicts life on all of humanity to prepare people for eternity as His heirs with Christ. Adam and Eve paved the way by bringing mortality to pass with the fall in the Garden. Benjamin, an ancient King and prophet explains that
the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father (Mosiah 3:19).
Why is the natural man or woman and enemy to God? It comes instinctively to all people to seek creature comforts and pleasures at each point. Jesus willingly chose to endure the pains of suffering because God asked Him to do so. As the example of a good son, Jesus showed the pattern to glory by submitting His will to God for the service of others, giving the ultimate sacrifice with His life.
To descend below all things, Jesus proved "willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him." Each person must also endure such a trial, though each person's trial will tailor that individual's spiritual need for progression. Because Jesus endured the trial to suffer for the transgression Adam and Eve committed to bringing about the human race, He made it possible for all others to have the option to endure their individual Gethsemane. What does that mean? It means sickness, disease, suffering, disability, and rancor to name just a few.
Christ suffered for our sins so that we would not have to suffer for them in addition to enduring the horrors life can bring. Suffering will occur to all, though some suffer more than others in one area and less in other areas. The key is to endure it well so that suffering will not include the eternities. Before Christ died upon the cross, He said, "It is finished."
The resurrected Savior said,
"I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not. For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men (Doctrine and Covenants 19:15-19).
Mortal Life Comes with Trials
The elements that make up the body will not always function properly for all humans, as humanity deserves naturally to die. The wages of sin is death, as Paul instructs in Romans 6:23. Sin is not only breaking the ten commandments but also the innate human lack of the embodiment of Godliness--the ability to see the truth from all angles to make perfectly righteous judgments.
As Jesus truthfully taught, echoing revelation given to an ancient prophet, Alma, "For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence" (Alma 12:14).
The pathos of the human mind convicts each ponderer of virtue or vice as the beast fed most grows the stronger of the two. Sin burrows to the soul as does virtue. Incorrect assumptions about others lead to conclusion that can produce thoughts, words, and actions that create sin within individuals.
All creation obeys the laws God have decreed them. Only the children of God have the ability to resist Gods law, and therefore the ability to defy Him. Because of that status and ability, humankind have severe consequences for failing to measure up.
Death is more horrible than imagination will allow. Many faiths teach of the destruction of the body and soul into oblivion as death. Such a belief goes against the eternal nature of the human soul, children of an eternal God. The soul cannot be obliterated. There are two deaths: One is separation from the body of the spirit. The other is the separation of the soul from God for eternity.
With the separation comes the possibility of other things occurring prior to death, such as diseases, body malfunctions, and deformities. The elements that compose all living things do so on Earth for the benefit of humankind. All life on Earth exists for the benefit of humans. When Adam and Eve became mortal, life became temporary and the elements under God's decree of death of the physical body affected everything including the Earth itself.
Eventually, the elements will again honor the bodies of all people in a glorious resurrection that will converge with the establishment of an Edenic society after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Until then, the elements will falter. Cancers will grow. Viruses will attack. Bacteria will infect. All this because of Sin.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Rodric Anthony