Adam and Eve Out of the Garden Battling for Stability
Sorrow came to Adam and Eve after banishment from the Garden of Eden because they were leaving the presence of God; however, they had obtained a promise from God himself that salvation would be brought to them.
Because Adam and Eve never knew sorrow prior to the fall from immortality, the mortal experience taxed them. Rather than lose mental stability, both Adam and Even remembered the lessons each learned while in Eden's Garden and turned to worshiping Jehovah, with a distinct understanding of the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ to repair the effects of the fall.
Adam and Eve understood firsthand what they missed from the Garden of Eden acutely as the reality of mortal life set in. These tow sought all the days of their lives to qualify for the salvation God introduced to them as a way to live again with physically perfect bodies.
It is hard to imagine being perfect and immortal and then mortal with the memory of being immortal and painless. All other humans would not have this knowledge as did Adam and Eve without direct revelation from God. Adam and Eve were anxious to share all their experiences with their posterity.
Having experienced forgetting and mortality took its toll on Adam and Eve following their expulsion. The psychological effects of having to experience pain, sorrow, sadness, depression, disappointment, etc produced a great desire for soothing, happiness, peace of mind, acceptance, etc.
Adam and Eve did not appreciate the Edenic state of existence until they experienced the lone and dreary world. It was lonely because the procession of heavenly beings did not attend them in the same manner as in Eden's Garden.
It was dreary because things did not grow as quickly and as perfectly as in Eden. Life outside of Eden's Garden was an eyesore! If Adam and Eve wanted the beauty they remembered from life in the garden, they had to work for it.
They had to prune and dig weeds away. They toiled and ached over the ground--trying new ways to grow things. They failed along the way and succeeded measuredly.
The most damaging part of the experience without Eden is the looming memory of God the Father and Jesus Christ vividly in their minds, yet they could not see them anymore.
Leaving Eden's Garden did not mean they left Eden--the land of Eden, but it did mean they left the beauty and protection of that paradise. Adam had to work by the sweat of his brow to obtain food rather than have it grow effortlessly for him. Eve conceived and bore children in pain.
The misconception about the cursing or supposed cursing placed upon Eve is that no curse was given. God simply pronounced what occurs during mortal childbirth. There never was another way to experience mortal life that excluded pain and suffering.
Knowing pain and suffering allowed them to appreciate peace and prosperity--an understanding that their children would learn quickly since they were born into mortality--so that they would know ease and progression with appreciation when it occurred.
For Adam and Eve. life became a place of probation, a time to prepare to see their Father again. A time to instruct their children to meet God.
Multiply And Replenish
Posterity, The Human Family
Adam and Eve had children, many children, who, as they grew, began to pair off in marriage and produce children themselves. Several groupings of children came into being who produced children as Adam and Eve continued to produce along with them!
It is important to note that no other group of humans existed with the family of Adam who did not owe their existence to Adam and Eve. Again, Adam and Eve are the grandparents of all humankind making all living humans relatives, cousins.
No other humans lived outside of their family. Brothers married sisters. In today's society, incest is against the law and is considered an abomination under God's law. In the beginning, it was not so!
Many philosophers and scientist try to explain the existence of dinosaurs and the fossil record of supposed pre-Adamic life of humanoids. The truth of the matter is these people speculate because they lack knowledge that they could acquire from God. God created the world and all things on it. He knows the answers to the questions the irreligious and religious speculate about. God has not revealed from where dinosaurs have come, but He has revealed where humans originated on this Earth.
The problem with the speculative detractors of the existence of Adam and Eve is that they acknowledge the God concept by using words like pre-Adamic but deny the possibility that God in truth exists. In this manner, it is easy to dismiss the creation and the Edenic experience as fiction.
Moses testified of the creation of the world and its people in the book attribute to him, Genisis. Also, other scriptures corroborate Moses's story due to extra-Biblical writers and their experiences independent of Moses's theophany.
The Judeo-Christian-Islamic concept of Adam and Eve as the first humans is correct and all other concepts are incorrect. Other philosophies are manmade. Other religious interpretations are distorted or expressly incorrect about the origins of humanity.
Adam's transgression (and Eve's) is his own and does not apply to humanity in general; therefore, the idea of original sin is a farce--a misunderstanding of what Adam and Eve's experience in the Garden means.
Adam is the first of a long line of humans on this planet, but he is not the first human ever to exist. However, he is the only human to which all humans on this planet owes existence.
Interestingly, all religious notions pieced together about the first humans on this planet approach to the truth because all humanity began with one family and branched out from there. It happened twice, once with Adam and Even and again with Noah and his wife, three sons, and three daughters-in-law. The difference of those experiences is the existence of four couples to repopulate the Earth rather that one to replenish it.
Robert L. Millet
"When it came time to begin our second estate," instructs Robert Millet, an emeritus professor of Brigham Young University, "it was appropriate for God our Father to call upon Michael to receive a tabernacle of flesh and become earth’s first inhabitant. Luke’s genealogy of Jesus ends with a noble description of Adam, “the son of God.” speaks of the preeminence of Adam, which by default includes the glorious Eve."
Humanity's first inhabitant of the earth was Adam, then came Eve, and then the rest of humanity. It is conceivable that uncles married nieces and cousins married each other because there existed no other humans that did not come from Adam and Eve. The bloodline was clean and disease did not exist upon the earth as virulently pervasive in the time of our first parents as it does now. Again, the operative phrase regarding Adam as offered by Moses in Genesis and Robert Millet agree that Adam appeared in mortality as Earth's First Inhabitant.
The Degenerative Effects of the Fall of Adam and Eve
The genetic deficiencies that have crept into the human gene-pool over years of breeding continue to diffuse into the human population. With each passing year since the fall of mankind from immortality, all corruption grows more corrupt and the elements cease to obey their original command more quickly.
In Adam and Eve: The True Story, it explains the degenerative effects of blood to the human condition. Adam and Eve were not created with an active genetic trait to produce blood, but their children did come with active genetic traits to produce blood and to die.
Over time, the result of the fall from immortality affects the human gene pool as the elements of degradation are passed from generation to generation. Each new group of humans experienced progressively shorter life spans from Eden-time until the average lifespan of humanity under perfect conditions is 75 to 95 years.
Divine instruction indicated to Adam and Eve that if they partook of the forbidden fruit they would die, and by genetic default so would any children they produced. The death is regarded for the express purpose to give humans in general time to grow, progress and learn for a greater purpose not discussed here.
The genetic code became less reliable than in the beginning as the elements of the body no longer functioned in every birth to produce physically (or mentally) flawless humans. Genetic diseases that play a factor with environmental causes produce inferior offspring physically and mentally in quality.
Not that the humans produced were less valuable, but as humanity dishonors itself by breaking the laws, the elements do not honor their injunction to always produce genetically sound bodies for the posterity of Adam and Eve. In mortality, so many factors influence the birth of a healthy child. The way life is now is the way God intended for it to be. Suffering, death, deformity, poverty, illness, and any other negative factor are necessary experiences in which Adam and Eve agreed to raise the human family. Conversely, ease, beauty, wealth, health, and all positive factors are necessary possibilities in which Adam and Eve agreed to raise humanity. It is a yin and yang concept.
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. God, to the consternation of some, created it all--good and evil.
The misconception that life on Earth was meant for ease and glory forever cause many people to disbelieve in God. These unfortunate souls do not have the whole story. An ancient American prophet taught "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 one1," yin and yang. 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.
The Elements Dishonor Humanity for Sinning
Another result of Adam and Eve's transgression is that the elements that make up the body will not always function properly for all humans, as humanity deserves naturally to die.
The elements of this earth of which humanity is composed do not sustain humanity for lengthy periods of time anymore because as a general group, humans continuously dishonor their bodies through sin and corruption.
Though the wages of sin are paid through Jesus Christ, humanity still suffers the edict pronounced upon the bodies of Adam and Eve that they must surely die for partaking of the fruit and changing the biological faculty of the body by activating the blood producing functions.
The Plan of Salvation provides all humanity with bodies for a length of time to learn how to master the urges thereof, but the elements will not honor the human existence within these bodies indefinitely.
Each person is given a set time to work out his or her salvation on this Earth and return for judgement so that he or she may obtain a permanently resurrected body that will not degrade or will never terminate because the Atonement of Christ paid for all sins in perpetuity.
In partnership with God, all who have lived mortally on the Earth at some time during their eternal life agreed to do so and to produce bodies for others to live in mortality on Earth. The commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve to replenish the earth is still in effect, and will continue until the last soul that must advance to this earth appears.
Similitude of the Son
As the first son of God, Adam had a responsibility to accept God's plan and, with Eve, teach it to his children.
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.
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.
He also made known the sayings of God 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 us 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.
Later, after Adam and Eve showed sufficient faith, 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.
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.
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--especially Eve.
Eve desired her children to follow God and worship him, but these would rather worship Satan. 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.
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.
Their children, a great majority of them, would not hearken or hear and obey Adam and Eve regarding their beliefs.
New Hope in Cain, then Abel, then Seth
Adam and Eve's expanding posterity would not listen to the gospel taught to them, bringing sorrow and affliction to their parents. When Eve bore Cain, she was full of hope and joy at his birth.
Adam also joyed in a successor for the priesthood of God which he freely ordained Cain giving him the patrimonial succession. Their joy was short-lived, for as Cain went among the people, they converted him away from the right way.
Cain was a prophet of God, a chosen vessel and a leader of the kingdom. He forfeited his calling by listening and mimicking to his elder brethren who hearkened to Satan.
At Cains birth Eve proclaimed, "I have gotten a man from the Lord; wherefore he may not reject his words;" however, "Cain hearkened not, saying: Who is the Lord that I should know him?" Moses 5:16. He loved Satan more the God following the trend set by humanity up to that point save Adam and Eve.
When Abel was born, again, Adam and Eve put their hopes in him and he, Abel, was ordained to the priesthood and given the birthright position to lead the souls of men to God. "And Abel hearkened unto the voice of the Lord" Moses 5:17.
Satan, desiring Abel as he did the worship of all humans, but not able to convince him away from his righteous employment among the people decided to use the enmity in Cain's heart to prevail upon Cain to offer an improper sacrifice, which Satan knew would be rejected.
Cain was taught by Adam that the Lord wanted an offering from the firstlings of the flock, but Satan instructed Cain an offering using the first fruits of his field. Cain was a man of the earth--a farmer. Abel was a tender of cattle and sheep.
Pride prevented Cain from requesting a proper animal from his brother. Pride buoyed by Satan led Cain to change the ordinances of God without being instructed. Pride was wounded when God refused the offering. Cain seems to be the father of priestcraft from the records available. There is no mention of any other man holding the priesthood authority of God that changed the ordinances before Cain. What Cain attempted is akin to an elder baptizing by sprinkling when the Lord requires immersion. Just like Satan did as Lucifer in the premortal world, Cain tried to have his own plan for salvation based on the false premise that he knew better than God what should occur and how it should occur.
Apparently, Cain still had the ear of the Lord and could also receive instruction because he was chastised for his foolish act.
The Lord warned him if he kept along the path that he trod, a curse would come upon him--that he would rule over Satan in wickedness! "...and this is a cursing which I will put upon thee, except thou repent" thus said the Lord.
"And Cain was wroth, and listened not any more to the voice of the Lord, neither to Abel, his brother, who walked in holiness before the Lord," Mose 5:25-26. Abel became the mouthpiece and Cain the rebellious.
Cain murdered Abel following his complete disconnect from God and the curse came upon him--stripped of the birthright and the priesthood, the Lord marked him for his protection. Again Adam's Posterity was without a patrimonial heir.
Seth's birth brought caution from Adam and Eve. There was no rush to ordain him or declare him until Adam knew for sure Seth would be heir to the birthright.
"And Adam glorified the name of God; for he said: God hath appointed me another seed, instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. Moses 6:2
The Beginning of Adam and Eve's Joy
Adam and Eve's cautiousness paid off with Seth, as they were able to witness the miracle that they wanted from the very begin when the first children were born, a continuation of righteous seed.
And God revealed himself unto Seth, and he rebelled not, but offered an acceptable sacrifice, like unto his brother Abel. And to him also was born a son, and he called his name Enos. And then began these men to call upon the name of the Lord, and the Lord blessed them; And a book of remembrance was kept" Moses 5:3-4
In Seth, Adam found his successor as leader of the faith which continued in an unbroken chain until Noah. He found the son that could take the gospel to his children and grandchildren.
Moses 6:10-12, "Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his own image, and called his name Seth. And the days of Adam, after he had begotten Seth, were eight hundred years, and he begat many sons and daughters; And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died" a happy man as he saw the plan unfold before his eyes watching grandchildren also take the patrimonial responsibility upon them to teach the gospel to the people.
© 2012 Rodric Anthony Johnson