Adam & Eve's Real Story: Origin Controversy
The truth is stranger than fiction. Adam and Eve are real people with real lives that ended over 5000 years or so ago. In this article will be addressed testimony about their lives as the first humans and their status as the first parents of humanity.
What Do You Think?
Do you believe Adam and Eve were the first humans on earth?
There are views that consider the Adam and Eve story a bastardized version of an Egyptian story dealing with Egyptian gods because of the reference to the rib and the serpent.
That perspective is noteworthy if the idea that humanity did not have the Hebrew faith until after Abraham, who would be its originator through Moses. However, the religion practiced by the Jews, which a sect of evolved into Christianity, had its place at the beginning with Adam and Eve; therefore, mothering all religions in some form that exists. Religious apostasy occurred during Adam and Eve's lives multiple times, which merits another topic. To reclaim the people, often God sent missionaries and prophets to those groups when it fulfilled His purposes to do so in a manner that benefited all of humanity.
Abraham received the anointing of God as a missionary/prophet to teach the gospel to Pharaoh and all of Egypt--along with knowledge of astronomy and mathematics during his ministry. This mission was one of reclamation and knowledge to give other nations the truth about God and dispel ignorance in general. The Egyptians received the mathematics and astronomy but rejected the gospel message. If there was a bastardization of a story, the Egyptian story is the illegitimate one.
This knowledge is revealed through Joseph Smith Jr.'s inspired translation of the Bible text. He added that the migratory reason for Abraham was not only related to survival but to share the gospel message with other people.
God told Abraham at the start of his ministry, "I show these things unto thee before ye go into Egypt, that ye may declare all these words." [Abraham 3:15] The lord explained to Abraham how the revolutions of the stars and planets relate to earth to demonstrate the wisdom and majesty of God. His purpose was to show the Egyptians that God created and organized all things to indicate to them that they should bow to Him and accept Him. That, however is another topic of discussion.
Adam and Eve are the progenitors of the human family.
God has revealed that Adam and Eve are the first humans on Earth. There is no incontrovertible evidence of this assertion by Diety, only His word alone as written in Scripture. Because God's words are interpreted through fallible men into words and translated into multiple languages, meaning could have changed in the process. Science indicates that there were other people here before the time indicated in Scripture. The timetable is questionable in Scripture or it will change in science as things often do. There is no reason to reject science as one theory of things or disbelieve the scriptural account of things. The truth is not one that causes dissonance. Patience is the rule when it comes to seemingly contradictory pieces of evidence. The most important aspect of the history of Adam and Eve is that they were first. The evidences will come in God's time. It is important not to lose faith in God because human understanding does not grasp His level of science yet.
Some struggle with unanswered questions about things that have been done or said in the past... Sometimes questions arise because we simply don’t have all the information and we just need a bit more patience. When the entire truth is eventually known, things that didn’t make sense to us before will be resolved to our satisfaction...
A question that creates doubt in some can, after careful investigation, build faith in others.— Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Moses recounts in Genesis and Abraham recounts in his record the creation and notes that Adam and Eve are the first of humankind in mortality. An assumption could be made because of the records that exist now about early humanoid life on the planet that the origin of humankind is just a myth-story used to explain something that was once inexplicable.
If it were not for modern revelation to support the Adam-and-Eve-as-the-first-people theory, questions could arise about the significance of the antediluvian period where humans became mortal. Author Bailey suggested:
The Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith much more about the occurrences in the Garden of Eden than what has survived in the Bible.
When Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden, he was privileged to have a tangible, physical body of flesh and bone.
“And the Gods planted a garden, eastward in Eden, and there they put the man, whose spirit they had put into the body which they had formed” (Abr. 5:8). He was created in the “very fashion, image and likeness of God” (Teachings, 345).
Any race that approaches the likeness of humankind is either human misidentified or an extinct species with its own purpose that God has yet to reveal. God has provided within the several records and documents considered scriptural that Adam and Eve are the first humans and are the progenitors of all of humanity in spite of what the ever-evolving and changing sciences teach.
Adam and Eve ruled the world.
All things were subject to them and for their use. Adam and Eve received commands of God to be fruitful and multiply and to avoid, stay away from, and not partake of The Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Adam and Eve during this time in the garden also received other instruction from the Father as revealed by modern prophets. They were instructed in the gospel of Jesus Christ making Adam and Eve the first Christians (as in a belief in Christ by definition, not the nickname given by the Greeks and others). In spite of the veil that they would forget their pre-mortal life when they became mortal, those teachings would come to their remembrance once they heard them again in their mortal state and they did! Our first Parents received instruction by other heavenly visitors besides God and the fallen angel Lucifer.
Adam and Eve may have spent years in the garden before Satan discovered how to interject himself to affect the plan by getting Adam and Eve to partake of the fruit. He did not gain a body because he rebelled. He had to learn how to possess the body of a snake to make it speak for him.
As strange as it may appear, both God and Satan wanted our first parents to partake of the fruit of that tree.
- God selflessly wanted it to pave the way for all humanity to come into mortal existence and progress towards His status.
- Satan wanted it to frustrate the Plan of Happiness that God revealed selfishly wanting to replace God in glory and be worshipped.
Satan rebelled, indoctrinated followers, and, subsequently, all of them were thrust out of heaven. Satan did not agree with Heavenly Father's plan for humanity wanting the glory of the Father without putting forth effort. Greedily, he wanted Adam and Eve to worship him as an added insult to Heavenly Father.
What Do You Think?
Do you agree that all humans are descendants of Adam and Eve?
Robert L Millet in his remarkable article entitled The Man Adam provided words that fittingly end this article:
...Adam, Eve, and all forms of life existed in a paradisiacal condition. All things were physical. But they were also spiritual in the sense that they were not mortal, not subject to death (see 1 Cor. 15:44; Alma 11:45; D&C 88:27).
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve walked with God. Adam was made “lord or governor of all things on earth, and at the same time [enjoyed] communion … with his Maker, without a vail to separate between.”
Our first parents would have remained in this state indefinitely if they had not partaken of the forbidden fruit (see 2 Ne. 2:22; Moses 4:9).
Adam & Eve's Real Story: Of the Dust. Adam was created first and Eve second. The scriptural account states that Eve was taken from the rib of Adam. This is Part One of their real story.
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.
© 2012 Rodric Anthony