Adam and Eve Ate the Fruit. Why?
Introduction to the Poison In Eden
Adam and Eve were not dolts! They knew the commandments of God, but as with their posterity, life happens. Agency helped pave the way for all that has followed since Adam and Eve's mortal beginnings.
Adam decided to poison himself to keep his marriage covenant to Eve and keep God's commandment to multiply and replenish the Earth! ....Sounds almost like Romeo and Juliet except for the boy gets the girl!
Except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat of that tree!
The reason they could not eat of this tree (depicted above) is that it would cause the seeds of death to grow in the bodies that God created for them. For the Plan of Salvation God orchestrated to glorify and sanctify humanity to work, Adam and Eve needed to choose to partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil OR remain forever in the Garden of Eden in an innocent mental state.
And still, He forbade them to eat warning them of the death that would follow if they did.
By placing the tree in the Garden, it provided choice: eat and die or not eat and live in paradise.
To obey the first commandment to be fruitful and multiply, Adam and Eve had to partake of the fruit. If they never partook of the fruit of that tree, they would still live in the garden to this day! Just a couple of people living--two humans isolated from others who would never exist!
For some reason, Adam and Eve could not produce children in their perfect state of immortality. They needed to be mortal. The prophet Nephi taught that if Adam had not listened to his wife Eve and partook of the fruit of the tree of good and evil
...he would have remained in the garden of Eden.
And ALL THINGS which were created must have REMAINED IN THE SAME STATE in which they were after they were created;
and they must have remained forever, and had no end! (punctuation and bold added)
Nothing would have changed unless Adam and Eve partook! Thankfully they did partake.
The fruit of this tree was delicious and tempting to the senses. It was pleasurable but deadly. The price for knowledge to proceed with the Plan of Salvation was high. God placed the tree in the garden because it provided Adam and Eve with the choice to obey or disobey. Adam and Eve had to choose to participate in the plan because God could not instruct them to partake of the fruit.
Satan desired to be God. Unlike God, however, he endeavored to control the Plan of Salvation and dictate how it transpired for each person regardless of choice. He did not fancy Adam and Eve to fail as has been popularly believed but wanted them to worship him as the Father of Creation.
His meddling in the plan to convince Eve to partake of the fruit proved advantageous for the progress of the plan, but in the end, Satan would not have them as his children as he hoped.
Innocence of Youth
Adam and Eve were as innocent as if they were children while living in Eden.
They were naked and not ashamed because the desires that come so naturally to humanity had not awakened within them.
Satan, not having a body himself, did not know of those passions but he was aware that they were to be a part of the human experience.
Satan did not care for such things at the time not knowing the power it has over humanity. He only wanted to lead Adam and Eve down to subjugation. This view is in opposition of those who would imply that Eve was anything but virtuous when she knew her husband following their expulsion from Eden's garden.
A tradition has decided to debase the honor and integrity of humanity's first parents. In solemn truth, Adam and Eve broke no commandments save the transgression to partake of the sin-fruit of that tree.
Modern day witnesses testify of the virtue of Adam and Eve as circumspect before the Lord and innocent as children until they gained their knowledge and became like one of the gods, knowing good and evil--receiving the ability to act rather than only acted upon.
Does it make sense that the eating of the fruit was a necessary act?
This article is one of several written about the lives of Adam and Eve before, during, and after mortality; and is based on teachings found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; though this article is not an official document endorsed by the church or any of its leaders.The views expressed here are the author's understanding of LDS teachings.
For official teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you may go to LDS.org or Mormon.org. President Russel. M Nelson is called by God as His representative on the earth and authorizes him to speak on behalf of the church and to ordain others to do so. All references to "the church" are to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
© 2013 Rodric Anthony Johnson