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Adam & Eve: The Psychology of Mortality

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Moving away from home does not produce negative psychological sentiments if the child that leaves does so for the right reason. Children who leave home because they have decided that the time has arrived to be independent have a better chance at being happy with the knowledge that if things go wrong in life there is a home to which they can return. Venturing out into the world to claim a piece of it brings with that determination a measure of respect from the parents towards the children, family pride. There is something about seeing Mother cry when her child tells her it is time for him or her to shove off independently.

On the other hand, there is a sadness evident in having to tell the child to leave, not sadness for the parents to finally have the house to enjoy, but that parents had to nudge the child out! Reasons exist why adult children do not, have not, or can not leave their parent's home. Under normal circumstances, parents do not want a situation where the only way to get rid of a child is to ask him or her to leave and start his or her own life.

Adult children need to become curious to leave, curious to know if the things that others say about living life are true. Curious to know how to keep all of the commandments God gave, including the forbidden fruit, they should be. Adventurous like Eve, who though deceived by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit, she was not ignorant of what would happen to her after ingesting it. She was willing to risk it all to know how to gain the knowledge of God, and she did. She risked and lost her life. This article talks about that.

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Eve moved the plan of God on! There is no telling how many eons those two waited in that Garden before someone realized to become like God, they would have to fall from divinity to experience imperfection.

Choosing Banishment

Eve, as mentioned in the article Adam & Eve - the Fruit They Ate, eventually listened to Satan, who "convinced her that if she partook of the tree's fruit, she would learn how to become like the Father. Once she partook, she started to realize and understand the plan [of Salvation] better.

"She also explained to Adam who decided to partake of the fruit to stay with her and keep the other commandment to be fruitful and multiply. With their eyes now, open to knowing good and evil they could discern the serpent as Lucifer, the brother who rebelled and wanted to be like the Father, without taking any of the risks of mortality." 1

Eve moved the plan of God on! There is no telling how many eons those two waited in that Garden before someone realized to become like God, they would have to fall from divinity to experience imperfection.

Jess L. Christensen offered commentary on the drama Satan began with Eve. After two failed attempts at directly asking Adam and Eve to eat the fruit, Satan tried Strategy.

“Ye shall not surely die,” protested Lucifer, directly contradicting the word of the Lord (Moses 4:10; see also D&C 29:41–42). “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Moses 4:11).

Lucifer spoke a partial truth mixed with a falsehood. If Eve were to partake of the fruit, her eyes would indeed be opened “as gods” and she would begin to know good and evil; yet the notion that eating the fruit could immediately make Eve as the gods was a clever deception.

The purpose of life can be fulfilled only when we have time to prepare to meet God and learn good and evil by our own experience (see Alma 12:22–26; D&C 29:39).

Eve... chose to partake of the forbidden fruit. She subsequently encouraged Adam to partake (see Moses 4:12). Adam concluded that God’s command to remain with his wife (see Moses 4:18) was more important than His command to abstain from the fruit. Thus in the face of this enticement, “Adam fell that men might be” (2 Ne. 2:25). 2

Though the scriptures teach, and God says He cast them out, by making the decision that they made to eat the fruit, Adam and Eve made a deliberate choice to stay together as outcasts from Eden's Garden never to return in mortality. Because they had made the decision before God told them to leave the Garden, their banishment was not one of disappointment for their Father, God. Adam and Eve had made an independent decision, which, unfortunately, was against God's command. It, however, was the best decision that they could make to further along God's plans for them and humanity; otherwise, they would still be in the Garden to this day.

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It is hard to imagine being perfect and immortal and then mortal with the memory of being immortal and perfect-- painless. All other humans would not have this knowledge as did Adam and Eve without direct revelation from God.

Setting Goals for Heaven

Because Adam and Eve never knew sorrow prior to the fall from immortality, the mortal experience taxed them. Rather than lose mental stability, both Adam and Eve remembered the lessons each learned while in Eden's Garden and turned to worship Jehovah, with a distinct understanding of the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ to repair the effects of the fall.

Adam and Eve understood firsthand what they missed from the Garden of Eden acutely as the reality of mortal life set in. Those two sought all the days of their lives to qualify for the salvation God introduced to them as a way to live again with physically perfect bodies.

It is hard to imagine being perfect and immortal and then mortal with the memory of being immortal and perfect--painless. All other humans would not have this knowledge as did Adam and Eve without direct revelation from God. Adam and Eve were anxious to share all their experiences with their posterity knowing first hand how life could be compared to what life is for humanity. Instead of this knowledge of the paradise looming over the heads of the first couple, it was a motivating factor to push them forward. Who else better to start the human family than two mentally strong people?

Knowing that they were the only living humans in existence having to literally produce their future friends by birthing them did not deter them from doing the job.

Adam and Eve with Their First Children

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Their children had no word but their parents'. The children never lived in the presence of God as physical beings as had Adam and Eve.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. Job 13:15

Having experienced forgetting and mortality took its toll on Adam and Eve following their expulsion. The psychological effects of having to experience pain, sorrow, sadness, depression, disappointment, etc produced a great desire for soothing, happiness, peace of mind, acceptance, etc.

These two left the Garden after having made the choice to experience life. It was a choice with which Adam and Eve wanted to live and die, and they did. Their minds fixed on their goal to return to a place that they knew with personal proof existed.

Adam rejoiced in the knowledge of a coming atonement as taught to Eve and him by angels of the Lord and the Holy Spirit. Eve, in joy proclaimed to Adam upon hearing these things and experiencing the providence of God's mercy regarding their fall from divinity and subsequent repentance, said,

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. (Mose 4:11)

Their children had no word but their parents'. The children never lived in the presence of God as physical beings as had Adam and Eve. Moses further records,

Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters. And Satan came among them, saying: I am also a son of God; and he commanded them, saying: Believe it not; and they believed it not, and they loved Satan more than God. And men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish. (Moses 4:12-13)

The first couple's children according to Moses filed off from the truth. Karma would have their children disobey them as they disobeyed their Father. Though a good consequence also came out of Adam and Eve's choice, a good parent never wishes their kid to make the wrong choice to begin with, even if it helps that kid learn to be mature.

Adam and Eve left home by the choices they made. Eve partook of the forbidden fruit wanting to become like her Father against His wishes. Adam partook of the fruit wanting to remain with the love of his life. Those are healthy choices emotionally. Instead of letting the problem they had become bigger than their love for each other, they united behind God and took on life together.

Supporting Sources

Rodric Johnson - Adam & Eve - the Fruit They Ate. The tree's fruit had the power to alter the chemical makeup of Adam and Eve's physical bodies. It would change their neurological constitution and cause the poisonous blood to flow through their veins that causes decay and degeneration. 1

Jess L. Christensen - The Choice That Began Mortality - ensign. The Fall was a glorious necessity to open the doorway toward eternal life.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Rodric Anthony

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