The REAL Story of Adam and Eve
It would be critical to understand this article to know the theological construct upon which the perceptions described below are based. Read Life Before Eden because we lived before we were born. We lived as spirit children of Heavenly parentage created in the image of God the Father....
The word dust could have referred to the particles that make up all things, atoms. These elements could have been the closest word to what was actually written in the original text. Dust, elements, make up the bodies of all living things.
Speculation on the origins of the dust that helped to produce the bodies of Adam and Eve Abound. Eve too, was made of the dust of the earth.
Though in the Scriptures it is recorded that she was taken of the rib of Adam, I submit it is a symbolism of her position in regard to Adam.
She too is of the dust or elements. Eve was taken of the side of man, or the same dust/element as was man, making her equal to Adam.
Being that Adam is of the dust/element, any part of him is also organized dust/element making the use of his rib still a product of the dust/element--making Eve a part of the dust/element.
Adam The Man &Eve The Woman
God the Father authorized the creation of physical bodies for Adam and Eve, following the expulsion of Satan or Lucifer from Heaven, There has been some speculation on the subject of how these bodies came into being. Clarifyingly, from the dust of the earth, came both of their bodies.
Adam was created first and Eve second. Adam saw to the naming of the animals and found no companion among them. The scriptural account states that Eve was taken from the rib of Adam; therefore, out of this rib from Adam, God formed Woman. She, Eve, was made of the same dust, elements that Adam's body was made. So, it would be correct to say that she was formed of the dust or elements of the Earth too because she was formed from the elements of the body of Adam.
Nothing more has been revealed from God about the process of the creation of the bodies of Adam and Eve.
Once God organized the bodies of these great people, He placed their spirits in by the breath of life. I assume that the Father breathed the breath of life into the physical bodies of both being that He alone had a physical body at the time--unless the act was by word.
No other people lived before or with Adam and Eve on the earth during that time relevant to humanity making all humankind the descendants of Adam and Eve. Additionally, God intended that their marriage continue as immortally as did their lives at the time He married them in The Garden because Adam and Eve married as immortal beings. Their union, as God design, had no end. There existed no clause ending their relationship if they ever committed sin, only their lives in mortality.
Speculation regarding the existence of other humanoid life during the time of Adam and Eve create doubt in the minds of faithful believers. It appears that God purposely avoided providing a complete picture of the details of creation. He decided to hold back information surrounding the reasons for the many pieces of evidence science has unearthed about the existence of fossils and remains that suggest the earth is much older than previously believed. It is also not in accepted scriptural accounts the age of the Earth other than that there have been 6000 (give or take a few years) since Adam and Eve’s mortal condition began.
What God DID give humanity is an explanation through Moses--a version of creation that appeals to the simplicity of most of humanity. Just as a toddler does not have the capacity to understand how to support him or herself beyond sleep and play, God waits until humanity can grow enough to understand how He organized the universe beyond speculation and telescope.
Not remembering what occurred before Earth life is the lot of most of humanity because of the Plan of Happiness that God created for humanity. The veil, blanket, dark glass, etc. was created so that all humankind could live life true to character. (look here for information about the veil from The Church of Jesus Christ).
Each person has the opportunity to make decisions based on his or her true character without the influence of his or her heavenly home looming over each decision. Because of this film that covers human minds in forgetting, each choice will be based on what a person actually thinks.
Adam and Eve could not recall their home in Heaven with God and Jesus--or any of humanity! As they heard true teachings and concepts associated with their heavenly past they accepted them because possibly the veil became permeable so that truths seemed familiar when taught.
Other than small familiar feelings from the life prior to earth life, it took revelation from God to gain a knowledge of what once existed in their lives.
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 according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints making Adam and Eve the first Christians (as in a belief in Christ definition, not the nickname given by the Greeks and others). In spite of the veil that they would forget their pre-mortal life (before they were born 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 were instructed by other heavenly visitors besides the Father.
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 (That Snake Thing is Another Story),
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 being and progress towards His status.
Satan wanted it to frustrate the Plan of Happiness that God revealed to all beings before Satan was thrust out of heaven. Satan did not agree with Heavenly Father's plan for humanity wanting the glory of the Father without putting forth any 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?
The Serpent Beguiles
Imagine the conversations between Eve and Lucifer started like this:
Serpent: Surely the Lord will not allow you to utterly die my Queen. He is your father and surly will save you. Do you not recall the other tree in this garden that gives eternal life?
Eve: I do remember it. I am free to partake of it serpent. It is a tree that I have come to know as most desirable of all the trees of the garden, as it also represents the love of God.
Serpent: Ah, I see you have been talking to other visitors from Father. I am sure they have told you much about the other tree that can make you wise. How do you really know it is not more desirable than the Tree of Life?
Eve: Well, I am not sure--being that I lack knowledge and am new to life. I do not imagine it, the other tree, would be more desirable. I am not so sure....
Serpent: But, of course, you mustn't partake of it because Father said to avoid the tree my Queen. I am certain that a small taste--just so that you may know why you avoid the tree--would not hurt. Why take the risk of being sure my Queen if it is forbidden?
Eve: I must diligently obey the Father. He has taught Adam and me so much....
Serpent: I am sure Father does not mind you being diligent in all things to know why you should not partake of the tree--seeing that you seek knowledge and it is a tree of knowledge....
Eve: Yes, knowledge to become like Father. I wonder if there is any other way to gain the knowledge of good and evil than eating of the tree?"
Serpent: No my queen. It is how Father obtained knowledge. He partook of a similar tree and gained knowledge.
It is how all the people called Adam or Eve and their children who have come before on all the worlds Father has called into existence obtained the knowledge of good and evil.
Eve: Serpent, I know only this world; yet, I see that to become like Father I must partake of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil if it was done in other worlds.
I will then immediately partake of the Tree of Life so that Father will not have to see my body crumble to dust. I will go tell Adam....
Serpent: No my queen! I am sure that thy husband will not envy if you partake of the fruit and then give unto him after....
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.
However, Abraham was sent as a missionary to teach the gospel to Pharaoh along with astronomy and mathematics during his ministry.
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.
This article asserts that Adam and Eve are the progenitors of the human family. God has revealed that Adam and Eve are the first humans on the Earth.
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.
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.”
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- Life Before Eden
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- Adam and Eve's Partnership With Jesus Christ
As a partner in this great plan of salvation, that God the Father authored and Jesus executed along with Adam & Eve, mankind would be tried and tested with the opportunity to live again in the presence of God
© 2012 Rodric Johnson