Quotes on Fall, The

See also: Moses 4:9; Genesis 3  

Adam did not commit sin in eating the fruits, for God had decreed that he should eat and fall.  But in compliance with the decree, he should die. — Joseph Smith’s Commentary on the Bible

You can learn how to be more effective parents by studying the lives of Adam and Eve.  Adam was Michael who helped create the earth – a glorious, superb individual.  Eve was his equal – a full, powerfully contributing partner.  After they had partaken of the fruit, the Lord spoke with them.  Their comments reveal some different characteristics of a man and woman. To Adam He said, “Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat?”  Now, Adam’s response was characteristic of a man who wants to be perceived as being as close to right as possible.  Adam responded, “The woman thou gavest me, and commandest that she should remain with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree and I did eat.” And the Lord said unto Eve, “What is this thing which thou hast done?”  Eve’s response was characteristic of a woman.  Her answer was very simple and straightforward: “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” — Elder Richard G. Scott, Ensign, November 1996, p. 74

Was Adam and Eve’s partaking of the fruit a sin?  (See Genesis 3:6 and Moses 4:12.)   “What did Adam do?  The very thing the Lord wanted him to do; and I hate to hear anybody call it a sin, for it wasn’t a sin. . . I see a great difference between transgressing the law and committing a sin” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, p. 20).

If it wasn’t a sin, then why did the Lord “curse” them for doing it?  Genesis 3:13-19 states:  “And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?  And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow [mortal life] and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”

He didn’t curse Adam and Eve.  Read Genesis 3:13-19 more carefully.  He cursed the serpent (verse 14) and the ground (verse 17).  In fact, the ground was cursed “for thy sake,” i.e., it was a blessing for them.  Joseph Fielding Smith explained this as follows:  “When Adam was driven out of the Garden of Eden, the Lord passed a sentence upon him.  Some people have looked upon that sentence as being a dreadful thing.  It was not; it was a blessing.  In order for mankind to obtain salvation and exaltation it is necessary for them to obtain bodies in this world, and pass through the experiences and schooling that are found only in mortality. . . . The fall of man came as a blessing in disguise, and was the means of furthering the purposes of the Lord in the progress of man, rather than a means of hindering  them” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual, p. 21).  (See also Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, March 1976.) — David Ridges, “The Plan of Salvation,” BYU Education Week, 2002

Elder James E. Talmage explained how, even in her being deceived, Eve still brought about the purposes of the Lord: 

“Eve was fulfilling the foreseen purposes of God by the part she took in the great drama of the fall; yet she did not partake of the forbidden fruit with that object in view, but with intent to act contrary to the divine command, being deceived by the sophistries of Satan, who also, for that matter, furthered the purposes of the Creator by tempting Eve; yet his design was to thwart the Lord’s plan.  We are definitely told that ‘he knew not the mind of God, wherefore he sought to destroy the world’ [Moses 4:6].  Yet his diabolical effort, far from being the initiatory step toward destruction, contributed to the plan of man’s eternal progression.  Adam’s part in the great event was essentially different from that of his wife; he was not deceived; on the contrary he deliberately decided to do as Eve desired, that he might carry out the purposes of his Maker with respect to the race of men, whose first patriarch he was ordained to be.”  (Articles of Faith, pp. 69-70)

Brigham Young said that “we should never blame Mother Eve,” because through her transgression, and Adam’s joining her in it, mankind was enabled to come to know good from evil (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 103) Old Testament Student Manual, pp. 40-41

The promise concerning the bruising of the heel and head means that while Satan (as the serpent) will bruise the heel of the Savior by leading men to crucify Him and seemingly destroy Him, in actuality that very act of Atonement will give Christ the power to overcome the power that Satan has over men and undo the effects of the Fall.  Thus, the seed of the woman (Christ) shall crush the head of the serpent (Satan and his kingdom) with the very heel that was bruised (the atoning sacrifice). Old Testament Student Manual, p. 41

Because of Adam’s transgression, a spiritual death – banishment from the presence of the Lord – as well as the temporal death, were pronounced upon him.  The spiritual death came at the time of the fall and banishment; and the seeds of the temporal death were also sown at that same time; that is, a physical change came over Adam and Eve, who became mortal, and were thus subject to the ills of the flesh which resulted in their gradual decline to old age and finally the separation of the spirit from the body.  (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:111; for further information on the principle that spiritual death also resulted from the Fall, see D&C 29:40–41; Alma 42:7.) Old Testament Student Manual, p. 42

(Summary)  Lehi said, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might

have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25).  Each of us is a spirit child of God.  This earth was organized as a place for us to continue our learning and progression.  Adam and Eve opened the door to mortality for us and for all of God’s children who earned the right to come here.  In the premortal life we shouted for joy at the possibility of experiencing mortality (see Job 38:7). But once we come here great things are expected of us.  Mortality is a proving ground.  The Fall did not open to us the door to Eden; it opened the door to a knowledge of both good and evil.  The experience of mortality is a great blessing for each of us. Old Testament Student Manual, p. 43

God’s plan in relation to man was that he should fall, and having fallen and obtained a knowledge of good and evil, (which knowledge he could not have obtained without placing himself in that position), then it became necessary that he should know concerning the atonement and redemption which should be brought about through the mediation of Jesus Christ. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 51