The Fall of Adam and Eve is one of the most commonly misunderstood doctrines in Christianity. Many believe that the Fall was tragic. Others believe that Eve ruined it for all of us, and were it not for her actions we could still be living in Eden. Others believe Adam and Eve committed a serious sin by partaking of the fruit, and that their sin is a permanent stain on all of humanity in the form of original sin.
Not so! In this episode of I Believe: Expressions of Faith, I’ll briefly outline the true nature and meaning of the Fall, including the necessity of the Fall, the difference between sin and transgression, and Adam and Eve’s important role in God’s plan for all of us.
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Faith Quote: Adam, our father, and Eve, our mother, must fall. They must become mortal. They must fall that man may be… Fall? Yes, plunge down from thy immortal state of peace, perfection, and glory to a lower existence; leave the presence of thy God in the garden and enter the lone and dreary world; step forth from the garden to the wilderness; leave the flowers and fruits that grow spontaneously and begin the battle with thorns, thistles, briars, and noxious weeds; know pain and sorrow; …-but with it, bear children; provide bodies for all those who served with thee when thou led the hosts of heaven in casting out Lucifer, our common enemy. Yes, fall; fall for thine own good; fall for the good of all mankind; fall that man may be; bring death into the world; do that which will cause an atonement to be made, with all the infinite and eternal blessings which flow therefrom.
(B. McConkie, “Eve and the Fall,” Woman, D. Book, 1979, p. 58).
Scripture: Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God. And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient. (Moses 5:10-11).
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