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Adam & Eve: Similitude of God

Updated on January 5, 2020
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Sometimes writers distance themselves from religious subjects. Religion is still taboo to speak about. Read about it instead.

Adam was like God in many ways. After partaking of the fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, he became like one of the gods knowing good and evil as God Himself revealed in Genesis (Genesis 3:5).

The less-celebrated way of Adam's similitude is family. Following are some thoughts on the relationship between God and His sons Adam and Jesus.

All human life began as spirits without mortal bodies prior to the creation of Earth. All people of every race and persuasion began in heaven as part of a family that belongs to God the Father.

After God revealed His plan to help those spirits, children of His, to progress to become more like Him, a minority of them rebelled led by Lucifer out of fear that the plan would cause some of the spirits not to return to their heavenly home. The links below offer perspective on the immortality of human spirits.

The focus here is not necessarily the doctrine premortal life, which will cause a spectrum of agreeance, but the way the pattern of the family is eternal. Family discord continues following Adam and Eve's mortality as their family began to grow.

  1. Adam and Eve were taught to offer up animal sacrifices.
  2. Adam and Eve received instruction for their obedience for the sacrifices.
  3. The first couple experienced what God experience in heaven, including their own version of Lucifer.

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As the first man and first prophet, the Lord gave commandments to Adam line upon line and precept upon precept--as he developed the mental capacity to accept and understand God's laws.

Similitude of the Son

Adam was instructed to perform sacrifices unto the Lord as a part of his responsibilities as the authorized servant of the Lord on the earth with priesthood authority from God directly.

As the first man and first prophet, the Lord gave commandments to Adam line upon line and precept upon precept--as he developed the mental capacity to accept and understand God's laws.

Remembering the importance of how the human brain works through experience, repetition, and reward, Adam went through this cycle of learning until properly motivated to move on to understanding, which generally comes much later in human understanding. Eve also experienced this learning in conjunction with Adam since the truths taught by the Apostle Paul taught,

Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. [I Corithians 11:11-12]

Both men and women come from God and are good to be together with each other. It takes both men and women to make either a man or woman, for both to be centered in God. In other words, Eve and Adam both matured spiritually

Recorded in Selections from the Book of Moses chapter 5, God told Father Adam to take the firstlings or firstborn of his flocks and sacrifice to the Lord in a prescribed manner. Adam, being obedient as was his nature from the beginning, did as directed.

God sent an angel to explain to Adam why Jehovah insisted that they sacrifice a lamb in the manner shown to him. The angel instructed Adam that the lamb represented the eventuality of the atonement of Jesus Christ. The lamb, associated with tenderness and innocence, represented Jesus who had no sins of His own for which death could rightly apply. Death did not rightly apply to the lambs Adam and many officiating priests administered following him either.

The unjust sacrifice of those lambs and eventually other creatures the Law of Moses used in ceremonial explication through all generations occurred as tokens of that unjust application of sacrifice to Jesus Christ to atone for the sins of humanity. Adam performed symbolically what occurred in actuality with Jesus millennia later.

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Adam and Eve were the first Christians because they exercised faith unto Christ.

Christianity

An Angel appeared asking of Adam if he knew why he must sacrifice the firstlings of his flock, but he could not answer other than that he was instructed by God.

The angel proceeded to instruct him that Jesus Christ would come and make a sacrifice in the like manner. The Angel taught him the gospel of Jesus just as plain as the Savior taught as He walked the earth in mortality.

Adam and Eve were the first Christians because they exercised faith unto Christ. They were taught faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands.

Animal lovers will not take kindly to the idea that Adam sacrificed animals along with other priests down until the sacrifice of the Human-Animal known as Jesus. Bloody was the lesson taught to generations that a bloody but infinite atonement of humankind would come to atone last and for all for the sins of Adam and all his children.

Adam effected the first part of the plan of God by becoming mortal for humans to experience birth. Jesus effected the second part of the plan of God giving immortality back to humankind and a way to return to heaven called repentance.

This partnership between the first and second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-49) as Paul describes it fulfills God's plan to bring eternal life to man, all who desire it.

Adam received the word of God and prayed towards the Garden of Eden, and though his eyes were open to the truth of good and evil, his mind was still veiled

Satan Worship

As the first son of God, Adam had a responsibility to accept God's plan and, with Eve, teach it to his children--instructing them in the ordinances of God and informing them of his parentage as a son of God being made in His image. Moses instructs that though Adam taught it, Satan revealed himself to these children and told them he also is a son of God and not to believe Adam.

Opinions and conjecture dot the horizon of the human ability to reason as to why those people, in the beginning, thought to follow an unembodied spirit, Satan, above the word of their parentage through Adam and Eve. Within the first hundred years of the fall of Adam and Eve, there is just no telling how many children grew to maturity without accepting the story told them of Eden's Garden, the divinity of their parents or the veracity of God as their Grandfather.

Adam and Eve's children loved Satan more than God and would not believe the words of their father, which brought great sorrow to Adam and Eve.

Finally, Satan had the adulation that he sought from the beginning. His desire to hurry the process of Adam and Eve into producing children so that he could lead them away was complete--just the beginning, however.

Satan intended to use deception and cunning to win the souls of all the children of Adam and Eve away from God employing his advantage of using the veil of forgetting over the minds of these people of their pre-mortal life with God.

Adam received the word of God and prayed towards the Garden of Eden, and though his eyes were open to the truth of good and evil, his mind was still veiled to many things as is all of humanity's minds are veiled until mankind manifests the faith to remember those things associated with pre-mortal life through the Holy Spirit.

Like God, Adam lost a number of his children to the false teachings of Satan eventually led by Cain born to Adam and Eve at a later time with the infamy of enforcing his pride through fratricide.

For your Consideration

Does it sound plausible that any of the things that are written above could have occurred? Many of the things taught in the several articles associated with this one about the first mortal humans fit nicely in a package to believe for those not willing to question the veracity of the creation of life on Earth through Adam and Eve.

Presenting information to make it more logical to believe in the creation as recorded in the Bible is my pleasure, but it is no excuse for avoiding an earnest search of the Bible and prayerful consideration to God.

If the stories are not true, God is a myth at best akin to Thor, Odin, and Zeus. If they are true then comes an opportunity to reach out to the divine author of it all and ask directly.

© 2019 Rodric Anthony

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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Bill, I get a little undertone in you and Adam's commonality, but that could just be my divergent mind reading too much into what you wrote. If not, I tend to agree. Out of respect to Adam, I chose not to go down that rabbit hole for now.

      Since Adam was the first man, I will confidently say that all of us have a lot in common with him. I just wish I could live to 900 years old but with my 18-year-old body and its stamina.

      I have a new question, which I will post at the next Mailbag.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Eric, you had me rolling! I thought it was a bit long when I wrote it, but I tossed the thought aside thinking that no one would say anything about it.

      You did! I want to keep the length close to 750 words, but it is twice that! I really want to know what do you recommend because your opinion matters to me. In fact, I think I will add it to my questions for one of Bill's mailbags.

      The subject-matter of this article may warrant a shorter piece or division.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Me and Adam, we have so much in common. It's like he whispers in my ear, especially when I was younger. :) I suspect many men can say that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great job Rodric. I like your take on this. And I like your gentleness in presentation. This is great to communicate like this.

      (but this is way too long. You really want me to take an hour out of my day to read it?)

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