Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
Mormonism and Christianity have opposing views on the fall. The LDS maintains that it was a blessing that has enabled mankind to progress eternally. But the Bible describes it as a tragedy that brought about the (spiritual) ruination of the human race.
After God had created man, he placed him in the Garden of Eden, where there were two special trees (Genesis 2:9). The first was an emblem of the eternal life that would result if mankind lived in obedience to God. The second symbolized experiential knowledge of both good and evil. And God forbad Adam and Eve from going that route.
The LDS insists that God wanted them to disobey Him..You can read about their unbiblical ideas on the fall by following the link provided at the end of the page.
But God is not capricious. His commands are always for our benefit. He gave Adam and Eve the above command simply because He wanted them to avoid the terrible, eternal consequences of sin.
The Bible often illustrates hard to understand concepts through the use of picture language. And the book of Genesis likens involvement in sin to the eating of something that God has forbidden.
Once we’ve eaten a substance, it passes through our digestive tracts and is absorbed into our systems. After that there’s no turning back. It is distributed via our blood vessels and assimilated by every organ in our bodies.
Just so, when mankind became involved in sin its influence permeated our entire psyche like an invasive poison, affecting even our way of reasoning. Our focus turned from God to ourselves. And there was no turning back. From that moment on we viewed everything from our own fallen, biased points of view. This warped our judgment. The lines between right and wrong became blurred and we could no longer clearly distinguish between them. Even our motives were no longer what we imagined them to be as we had become adept at subconsciously justifying, promoting, and protecting our “selves.”
The Bible likens sin to insanity, where fallen man relates to everything that goes on around him through the grid of his “self,” as though he was the centre of the universe. His “insane” attitude and actions cripple, blight and destroy his own life as well as the lives of others.
“The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live …” (Ecclesiastes 9:3, KJV)
Through the fall of Adam and Eve, Satan succeeded in alienating the whole of mankind from the One who had created us for fellowship with Himself. He has also alienated us from one other. We’re a fallen race, existing on a much lower level than God had intended.
Initially Adam and Eve had enjoyed physical and mental well-being: Love, peace and togetherness with God and with each other had been the norm. But the fall has brought about distrust, enmity, suffering, fear, anguish, disease and death. And mankind is caught in a downward spiral that has to end in God’s judgment.
God had warned Adam and Eve that if they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would die (Genesis 2:17, 3:2-3).
Immediately they had sinned their bodies began the process of decay and physical death became inevitable. But that wasn’t the only area of their lives that had been affected. They lost the ability to function in the spiritual realm. Prior to their disobedience they had been spiritually united to God. But their sin severed that spiritual link. Consequently, in their fallen, unsaved state, they were unable to understand the things of the Spirit of God.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV)
On the catastrophic day that they chose to follow Satan’s leading and disobey God, hardship, pain, suffering, disease and death were ushered into the world. As they dejectedly walked out of the paradise they had once called their home into a cursed earth, with the sentence of death hanging over their heads, their lives went downhill all the way.
The following articles discuss LDS teachings on the fall, and the problem of sin:
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