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Mormonism and Eternal Truth

Truth is not only
violated by falsehood;
it may be equally
outraged by silence.
(Henri-Frederic Amiel)

THE MORMON VERSION OF THE FALL

THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT

All Mormon doctrines (including those on deity) are based on eternal progression. (Links to relevant articles on that subject are provided at the end of this page.)

Part of their teaching is that in a prior existence we were all begotten in a spirit form by God and His wives, into their heavenly family. In order to progress we needed to take on physical bodies and live an earthly life. However, the Bible indicates that mankind had never existed in any form at all, until God created the first couple, Adam and Eve (c/f Genesis). He made their bodies from the earth, and breathed a spirit into each of them. Then He gave them two commands. They were not to eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil, and they were to multiply and replenish the earth.

The Mormon story is that in order to fulfil the greater command (which they say was to multiply), Adam and Eve would have to break the lesser command by partaking of the forbidden fruit. This would give the remainder of the spirit beings in heaven the opportunity of taking on earthly bodies of flesh and bone so that they could continue their journey of eternal progression.

“Of course for this whole plan to work, physical bodies had to be prepared in which Heavenly Father’s spirit children could dwell. Thus, the first commandment on record is the commandment to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. Mormonism teaches this was a greater and more important commandment than the commandment not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” (LDS Apostle Talmage, Articles of Faith, pages 64-65).

“There was as yet neither procreation nor death. These would enter the scheme of things only after the fall. Adam and Eve had to break the lesser commandment, and incur the Fall, in order to fulfil the greater commandment.” (LDS Apostle McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, pages 84, 91).

Every single command which God has given us is for our own good. And He wants us to obey all of His commands, none of which are contradictory. To insinuate that they are, is to make light of who God is. The problem here is that if our basic doctrines on God are wrong, then we’ll be wrong about all other other doctrines too, because ultimately all our beliefs stem from our understanding of God. And the LDS’s idea of who God is, bears little resemblance to what the Bible teaches us about Him.

In reality, the sin Adam and Eve committed was experiential involvement in both good and evil. God had clearly and unequivocally forbidden them to go that route (Genesis 2:17). And when they ignored His warning, He condemned their actions and questioned them about their disobedience. They never excused themselves by saying that He had given them conflicting commands, as the LDS infers was the case, for the simple reason that He didn’t do any such thing. Knowing they didn’t have a leg to stand on and filled with shame, Adam put the blame on to Eve and Eve blamed the serpent (Genesis 3). God condemned all three of them.

THE CONSEQUENCES

According to LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith, Adam and Eve’s disobedience of God’s command (which introduced suffering, heartache, disease and mortality to mankind), is a benefit, rather than a sin.

“We can hardly look upon anything resulting in such benefits as being a sin, in the sense in which we consider sin.” (Doctrines of Salvation, volume 1, page 115, Joseph Fielding Smith).

LDS Apostle Bruce McConkie goes one step further when he says:

“Properly understood, it becomes apparent that the fall of Adam is one of the greatest blessings ever given of God to mankind.” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, page 87).

But God’s prophet Isaiah says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.” (Isaiah 5:20).

The biblical God is not devious; that is Satan’s role. God is pure, holy, righteous and true. The Bible tells us that He is light, and that in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). He would never ever plan for mankind to have to progress through disobedience or sin.

God is a moral being, and He created a universe with moral laws. Good actions build us up and sinful actions degrade us. The consequences of sin are always negative and destructive, never positive or constructive. Sin always spoils, hurts and destroys. So sin or disobedience, such as was the case in the fall, could never ever be the means of enabling mankind to progress spiritually.

If the fall had been part of God’s plan for mankind, and if He had been hoping that Adam and Eve would be clever enough to disobey Him, as the LDS would have us believe, then why did He punish them so severely for having done just that? Only a sadist would have deliberately engineered things that way. Through their version of the fall, the LDS has dragged a holy and good God of truth and righteousness down to the level of devious, sinful man.

The primary motivation behind all sin is pride, which manifests itself in self-will and independence from God (the very traits that caused Satan to rebel against Him). The truth of the matter is that the bait Satan used when he tempted Adam and Eve to follow his ways rather than God’s, was for them to join him in his own ambitious plan to raise himself to the level of Deity (Isaiah 14:13-14).

Joseph Smith perpetuated Satan’s lie to the full. He actually taught the LDS that because of Adam’s act of wilful disobedience, mankind can be enabled to progress to godhood. (Doctrine & Covenants 132:19-20).

This is what Mormon scriptures (written by Joseph Smith) say about the jubilation of Adam and Eve immediately after the fall.

“And in that day 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 should never have had seed, and we should never have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.” (POGP, Moses 5:10.)

THE REALITY

Contrary to what the LDS teaches, in violation of God’s command Adam and Eve strayed over His moral bounds by participating in both good and evil (c/f Genesis 2:17). What is more (in direct contrast to Moses 5:10 quoted above) they knew full well that what they had done was sinful, and that they had slipped up badly. That’s why they each tried to put the blame for their disobedience on to someone else. Moreover, the Bible tells us that instead of feeling godlike as Satan had said they would, they felt guilty, ashamed and fearful. They realized with hindsight that their disobedience had been a tragic blunder. So much so, that they desperately tried to hide from the One they had wronged, dishonoured and disobeyed (see Genesis 3:8).

As a consequence of their sin they became alienated from and lost their fellowship with their Creator; the human race became a fallen people, and the whole of creation became cursed. Throughout the Bible God portrays the fall of the human race as a calamity. But Mormons are taught that it was a blessing.

The LDS’s peculiar reasoning regarding the fall was aptly illustrated by Assistant to the Twelve Apostles Sterling W. Sill, when he said:

“Adam fell, but he fell in the right direction. He fell toward the goal. Adam fell, but he fell upward” (Deseret News, Church Section, 31 July 1965, page 7).

Mormon teachings all stem from the mind of Joseph Smith. And they are based on his unbiblical and heretical ideas about eternal progression. As a youth he was heavily involved in the occult and spiritism (c/f An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins, by Grant Palmer; No Man Knows My History, by Fawn M. Brodie). So it does not surprise us that his spiritual stance differed to that of the Bible.

In order to make it seem as though his teachings fitted in with the Bible Joseph gave his own, exclusive meanings to biblical terms. And because of the LDS’s resulting habitual misuse of biblical terminology, unless one has a good understanding of what the Bible actually teaches, as well as of the basic doctrines of Mormonism, it is easy to be misled into assuming that it is a form of Christianity. The reality is that Mormonism is a religion of deception, designed to lead folk away from the truth.

The following links lead to articles relevant to what we have been discussing above:

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