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Adam and Eve Ate the Fruit. Why?

Updated on August 28, 2018
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Rodric has been a member of Christ's Church since he was 15 years old. He has a lot to say about his religion.

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!

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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

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.

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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

What do you think of my views of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden?

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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      God did not fail my friends. He simply allows us to have our agency to choose. He has provided a plan for us to decide whether or not we accept Jesus Christ's atonement from Adam to the last person born before the world fulfills its purpose for creation. People deciding not to follow His commands is not a failure on God's part; it is a success.

      Death, pain, suffering, misery, and hopelessness is a part of life that we must experience to understand life, peace, success, joy, and hope. It is not meant to be only a pleasant experience here. We would learn nothing if all we had were good times.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A well-written hub and great images. Enjoyed it and thank you.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      Rodric

      Good luck

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Ib, yes I do think I am that special. I do have God's ear. I did read you comments. I am no better than any other person. My health is failing me right now and I am having to apply for disability. I am not free of trials.

      I am not better than the next person. God loves us all the same and has a plan for all the billions of people who have lived and will live on this planet. There is not special secret to talking to God, only faith to open our mouths and be willing to listen and receive inspiration or revelation.

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      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      Rodric

      You didn't read a word of my comment. Millions of people die while praying and having others pray for them, why do you think that you are so special that you have God's ear.

      Are you better than these people, are you more deserving than these people, what is it?

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I promise you he will answer you. I did not always believe. I more than believe in God, I know him and know he is willing to help us get to where he is if we are humble enough to listen. Listen to him and make your own judgement. If you still hate him after you speak to him, fine. Don't give up just because what you grew up believing does not fit with what your limited understanding of what you think life aught to be.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Be skeptical, but be open to new ideas. Your mind needs to be open to possibility.

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      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      Rodric

      That is your opinion but it is based on faith and not intelligence. There is no foundation for faith, as there has been no news from God for over two thousand years.

      I grew up as a Catholic and went to parochial school for my first seven years. I liked the ideas that I was taught, but as I grew up I did my own thinking. We humans have high intelligence, but there is no intelligence needed to have blind faith. A dog has blind faith in their master, but dogs are not very intelligent. A dog at least can see, and be guided by their master.

      The bibles were written by humans, men actually over a fifteen hundred year period, and it was a human that put all the writings into the bibles.

      The stories in the bibles are well written but they are stories created by men. From Genesis you couldn't even know that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

      If you believe the bible there was no heaven for Adam and Eve and their children, the Garden of Eden was their eternal paradise on Earth. Creating Eve by cloning makes women subservient to men, as was the tradition at the time that the bibles were being written.

      How many billions of humans do you have to create before you realize that humans are failures, as much as were the angels. And if you already know the future, then stop the game. Because the game so far is a failure.

      Why would humans do any better than did Adam and Eve? There was no difference that would make them more loyal or anything. Without making a change, it is fruitless to think that there would be a beneficial difference.

      When Cain killed Abel, that should have been the game. Adam and Eve committed theft and disobedience, but Cain killed a person.

      Even with God's help Moses never got to the promised land, even after 40 years.

      The alleged tablets containing the Ten Commandments was easily broken by Moses.

      The Jews were the chosen ones, but they didn't follow Jesus.

      The list goes on and on.

      If there is one God, then there should be one unified following. But there are religions that differ not because of what God wants, but what the humans that created the religion want.

      Finally, the bibles are not self authenticating and God has chosen to be silent. So the bibles should stand alongside Aesop's Fables, and the story of Santa Claus.

      Thanks

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      You are correct. I know not the number of angels, but if you read the articles that I have written, you can see what I believe. I am a LDS Christian, a Mormon. I believe in modern day prophets. I speak to God daily, and honestly, he does speak to me. Sometimes there are words, but mostly impressions or feelings. Very rarely in a audible voice. He does live. I did not always know that, but I know it ever since I asked him if he was there. It was the first time I ever heart God's voice and I have had a relationship with him since then--over 20 years.

      Yeah, bad things happen. If you understand the plan of salvation it is not so bad. I have lost my grandmother and my own daughter, but I know that the plan will allow for us to meet again.

      These bad things are the result of the Earth refusing to cooperate with human kind for rejecting his teachings. Humans are the only creation of God that can think like God. He cannot control us. We have our free will. He invites us to voluntarily give our wills to him. It is a choice which many will not make. I give my will by following his teachings and my life is blessed but still hard.

      If we endure life well, all will be well with us in this life and the next.

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      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      Rodric

      God has failed

      he failed with the Angels

      he failed with Adam and Eve

      he failed with Cain and Abel

      he failed with Moses

      And he failed with the billions of humans, as the humans have not changed for the better before or after AD.

      This is from the fable you call the bible.

      Take away your bible and you have no contact with God, I don't mean that you don't talk to him, but he never responds.

      All the natural disasters kill thousands and millions of people, and they call them acts of God.

      I will bet that you cannot tell me how many angels are a third of the angels.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I appreciate your comment and for reading. You, ib, have the right to your views. I believe the story of the Eden Experience. It is beautiful and simple yet very complex and yielding. God did not fail with fallen angels. He suceeded in allowing all humanity have free agency. Those angels used that agency to rebel against a plan they did not agree with. Yes, God tests humans so that we can mature and become a god just like he is. For those who do not seek to be as our Father, he prepares a place for them to serve as angels in his royal courts.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      The garden of Eden story is childish, and shows the shallowness of the biblical God.

      Even according to the bible, God failed with a third of the angels, and now he is going to test humans.

      The biblical God failed at everything.

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