Adam & Eve - Real Story (1)
The story of Adam and Eve is one of the great romance stories of the Abrahamic religions. God took of the elements of the earth and created two beings to populate a planet! How many stories are based off this simple, but true story? This article in a series discusses the origins of the bodies of Adam and Eve.
The Dust of the Earth
Of the Dust
The word dust refers to the particles that compose all things, atoms. Dust represent the modern elemental concept written in the original texts of Scripture to explain the meaning of particles as small as an atom. 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. Some refer to dust as dirt or clay. Some speculate that a sexual act occurred between unworldly beings to produce the bodies of Adam and Eve. None of these opinions if excluded from the religious narratives prove detrimental to the salvation of individuals' souls, but intriguing details to discuss among believers in the stories of creation and those who consider creation a myth..
Regardless of the meaning of dust of the Earth explicitly, Moses used generalities in his explanation of the first parents. Dust, as in the particles of this planet (atoms) is what I submit as the building blocks in the production of the bodies of Adam and Eve. Atoms in the scientific modern narrative are a concept of recent historical addition and discovery
Though the Scriptures records Eve came to be due to an extraction of the rib of Adam, I offer such a concept as a metophor of her position in regard to Adam in addition to any physical tangible meaning. She too is of the dust or elements. Eve, taken of the side of man, or the same dust/element as the man, establishes her equality 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, in other words.
The point here is that Adam and Eve are equal before the Lord and are made of the same materials, dust. The narrative of inequality of men and women espoused by most of human society has no origin in pure religion but came as cultural interpolation to oppress half of humanity as subordinates just because a man's body received organization first. That is another topic, however.
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, another disputed, but true history. As stated previously, Adam was created first and Eve second. Adam saw to the naming of the animals and found no companion among them, found no companion for himself--no female mate for him as did the animals have. Nothing more has been revealed by God about the process of the creation of the bodies of Adam and Eve that is also accepted as revealed canonical Scripture by most any major faith.
Once God organized the bodies of these great people, He placed their spirits in by the breath of life. Heavenly Father breathed the breath of life into the physical bodies of both beings, I assume since He alone had a physical body at the time--unless the act was by word. There is no scriptural source for this inference, just a logical determination being that those of the Restored Gospel as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asserts that God the Father is a glorified man of flesh and bone, and not some ethereal creature of essence alone. The Church teaches for doctrine that "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit." (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22) Because the three individuals, Father, Son, and Spirit make up what most call God or the Godhead, God is of spirit and body, which too is another topic of consideration.
Additionally, God intended that Adam and Eve's 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 should end.
God did not tell them that if they ate of the fruit that they would get an automatic divorce, even though much of the Abrahamic faiths assume that death ended their marriage. Many Christians cite the teaching of Jesus that there is no marriage in the resurrection to prove it.
There is no marriage in the resurrection, true. Such things should be completed before the resurrections and sealed by the power of God, which seals things in both heaven and in the earth--our salvation, our relationship to Him, and also our relationships to each other. Adam and Eve's relationship did not receive solemnization after their descent to mortality. Just like their lives, their marriage is meant to be forever.
No others but Adam and Eve
No other people lived before or with Adam and Eve on Earth during that time relevant to humanity. Adam is the first of his species on Earth followed by Eve. Together, these two sired others making all humankind the descendants of Adam and Eve.
Theorizing regarding the existence of other humanoid life during the time of Adam and Eve creates 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 regarding the existence of fossils and remains that suggest Earth's age is much older than previously believed, basing time on the model of Earth current rotation around the sun equaling one year. It is also not in accepted scriptural accounts the age of the Earth other than that there have been 6000 plus 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.
Empirical science at this time escapes humanity to reconcile what experts conclude happened for the human family to develop and what Cannon says. Theories exist to help reconcile why there seems to exist some disagreement. One suggests that both science and Scripture are correct. The Earth existed for millions of years without humans as presently constituted Adam and Eve were not mortal until six thousand or so years ago. Also, there is no fast rule among leaders of the Church of Christ that people have to accept that humanity came as the result of evolution or reject it to enjoy its sacraments.
Where science and religion do not meet becomes a matter of faith and interpretation. Science does not need to cancel out faith or faith mute science. If either is true, there will follow a correlation at some point, a stance supported by the Church and many enlightened religionists the world over.
The Veil of Heaven
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 life prior to earth life, it took revelation from God to gain a knowledge of what once existed in their lives.
In the next article will be more mention of the preeminence of the Adam and Eve story as the truth upon which other cultural traditions are based. It would be critical to understand this article to know the theological construct upon which the perceptions are based by reading the other related articles. Read Life Before Eden.
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.
© 2018 Rodric Anthony