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Is God a Failure? Adam and Eve & Cain and Abel

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During the primordial times of Earth's creation, an immortal race lived in a distant galaxy of such exquisite virtue and intelligence a description of it is not capable in mortal language to do it justice. These Beings of enormous power and ability organized others of Their kind who did not have the same ability to prepare for a journey to qualify for an increase of their status. Though the lesser beings of the race did not possess all that the great ones possessed, within them lay the potential to progress to that point with the help of these powerful ones.

The great ones I refer to are God the Father and Jesus Christ. Like the race They organized, they are humans. No, they are not mortal like most of humanity are on this sphere called Earth, but human they are, genetically in my estimation of the Scriptures.

In an article that I wrote years ago, Brad the Agnostic wrote that God failed His people, all of them--every creation. I took the opinion that what Brad the Agnostic saw as a failure was a misinterpretation on his part of his former religion of Catholicism and an uninformed judgment of all other Faiths due to his disappointment with his former faith.

As can be surmised, my beliefs are fantastic in nature, because I Actually believe the things I write. In this article, I will express why I believe that God did not fail with humanity who existed as angels in a premortal world of spirits, specifically with Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel.

“Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in the

world. It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.”

— E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

God Has Failed

He failed with the Angels.
He failed with Adam and Eve.
He failed with Cain and Abel.
He failed with Moses.
He failed with the billions of Humans
He failed with the fable called the Bible.
Take away the Bible and no contact with God
Natural disasters killing are called acts of God.
Regret is disappointment over Failing
God admittedly Failed.
Humans have not changed
Jesus Christ's did not Work.
Humans talk to God
"God are you There?"
"Can you hear my Prayer?"
He never Responds.
God is not really There
God has Failed

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How could God fail Adam and Eve?

Moses gives a compelling account of the history of the human family in mortality in Adam and Eve as the first mortal man and woman on the planet. Moses teaches that "in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." [Genesis 1:1] Following this epis series of organization and creation, God created during the sixth creative period, He called days, the bodies of Adam and Eve.

What was the purpose of God creating them?

Depending on the religious tradition of the answerer, there are a number of responses to this question. The Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions are the most popular and extant views in human history, and even among this group of billions, the interpretations vary wildly--not to mention the other 3.5 billion or so people on the planet.

In Genesis, God created people, Adam and Eve, to rule the world, basically. Everything belonged to them. All Adam and Eve had to do were be fruitful and multiply [a.k.a be industrious and have kids] and avoid the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Adam and Eve were not dolts! They knew the commandments of God, but as with their posterity, life happens. Agency helped pave the way for all that has followed since Adam and Eve's mortal beginnings.

Adam decided to poison himself to keep his marriage covenant to Eve and keep God's commandment to multiply and replenish the Earth!

— Rodric Johnson - Adam & Eve (1) - Do Not Eat Forbidden Fruit

  • Adam & Eve (1) - Do Not Eat Forbidden Fruit
    Satan desired to be God. Unlike God, however, he desired to control the plan of salvation and dictate how it transpired for each person regardless of choice. He did not desire Adam and Eve to fail as has been popularly believed...
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The Fall was Not a Fail

God knew Adam and Eve would eat the fruit. Just like any parent who knows his or her child will do something wrong because they have the free agency to do so, With that knowledge, no good parent would cease parenting because disobedience is inevitable. I told my nine-year-old daughter not to chat online while playing an online game. I hoped she would listen, but I knew that it was possible she would not. She didn't listen. She chatted online planning to meet one of the players! What!

I failed her. I told her not to do something and she did it anyway! I am a failure!

Actually, no I am not!

I knew she might do something like that so I had a plan in place when she did. She cannot play games online that allow chatting for a year. Why? Because she needs time to understand why chatting with strangers is dangerous, especially if they want to meet.

God, the Father that He is, told them not to eat the fruit. Well, since they did it, God gave them time to learn to be obedient called mortal life. The ancient prophet historian Nephi taught about Adam and Eve following their taking of the fruit that because of their transgression,

...the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were lost, because of the transgression of their parents. And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end. And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin. [2 Nephi 2:21-23]

They and all their children would have mortal life as a testing ground to work on becoming like God with the help of a Savior called Jesus Christ who would come four thousand years from the time they became mortal and make sure they would not stay dead, once they died.

God included in His plan for Adam and Eve to fall. It was not a failure on His part or Eve's part. Eve executed the plan to bring mortality, which in turn brought childbirth and death. "Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." [2 Nephi 2:25] Adam and Eve would still be in the Garden had they not taken the step to eat the fruit!

God planned before the world was created to send Jesus Christ to make humanity possible. Nephi continues, "the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall." [2 Nephi 2:26]

Cain, Abel, the world is yours.

God set the sun in the heaven to light your days

To warm the flocks, to kernel the grain

He illuminated your nights with stars

— Arta Romney Ballif

God Failed Cain and Abel?

Most people think that Cain and Abel were Adam and Eve's first two kids and therefore the only two kids. A poem called Lamentation by Arta Romney Ballif captures the essence of what Eve would feel if her only two kids were dead and banished. Cain Killer. Abel Killed. Three people in the world left and one is Banished! With that limited understanding, it would sound like a failure on God's part.

Lamentation

By Arta Romney Ballif

And God said, “BE FRUITFUL, AND MULTIPLY –”
Multiply, multiply – echoes multiply

God said, “I WILL GREATLY MULTIPLY THEY SORROW–”
Thy sorrow, sorrow, sorrow –

I have gotten a man from the Lord
I have traded the fruit of the garden for fruit of my body
For a laughing bundle of humanity.

And now another one who looks like Adam
We shall call this one, “Abel.”
It is a lovely name “Abel.”

Cain, Abel, the world is yours.
God set the sun in the heaven to light your days
To warm the flocks, to kernel the grain
He illuminated your nights with stars

He made the trees and the fruit thereof yielding seed
He made every living thing, the wheat, the sheep, the cattle
For your enjoyment
And, behold, it is very good.

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Adam? Adam
Where art thou?
Where are the boys?
The sky darkens with clouds.
Adam, is that you?
Where is Abel?
He is long caring for his flocks.
The sky is black and the rain hammers.
Are the ewes lambing
In this storm?

Why your troubled face, Adam?
Are you ill?
Why so pale, so agitated?
The wind will pass
The lambs will birth
With Abel’s help.

Dead?
What is dead?

Merciful God!

Hurry, bring warm water
I’ll bathe his wounds
Bring clean Clothes
Bring herbs.
I’ll heal him.

I am trying to understand.
You said, “Abel is dead.”
But I am skilled with herbs
Remember when he was seven
The fever? Remember how—

Herbs will not heal?
Dead?

The First Mourning

And Cain? Where is Cain?
Listen to that thunder.

Cain cursed?
What has happened to him?
God said, “A fugitive and a vagabond?”

But God can’t do that.
They are my sons, too.
I gave them birth
In the valley of pain.

Adam, try to understand
In the valley of pain
I bore them
fugitive?
vagabond?

This is his home
This the soil he loved
Where he toiled for golden wheat
For tasseled corn.

To the hill country?
There are rocks in the hill country
Cain can’t work in the hill country
The nights are cold
Cold and lonely, and the wind gales.

Quick, we must find him
A basket of bread and his coat
I worry, thinking of him wandering
With no place to lay his head.
Cain cursed?
A wanderer, a roamer?
Who will bake his bread and mend his coat?

Banishment

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Abel, my son dead?
And Cain, my son, a fugitive
Two sons
Adam, we had two sons
Both – Oh, Adam –
multiply
sorrow

Dear God, Why?
Tell me again about the fruit
Why?
Please, tell me again
Why?

Luckily, Cain and Abel were not the only children of Adam and Eve. They were not even the first! Eve's heartbreak would have been as sorrowful as if they were the only children of hers because murder was not recorded before that time.

In the Pearl of Great Price, which is a compilation of records and declarations by prophets (one being a revelation about the writing of Moses), it is recorded:

And Adam knew his wife, and she bare unto him sons and daughters, and they began to multiply and to replenish the earth.And from that time forth, the sons and daughters of Adam began to divide two and two in the land, and to till the land, and to tend flocks, and they also begat sons and daughters. Moses 5:2-3

It is important to note that Adam and Eve produced many children after they left the garden who in turn paired off and divided into the land and produced children. This information is based on the revelations given to Joseph Smith Jr. and other prophets in the latter-days.

The question as to whether Adam and Eve had other children before Cain and Abel is settled with the information in the Pearl of Great Price; however, the information must still be accepted against the tradition of current sects of all Abrahamic based faiths. [1]

Conclusion

God did not fail Adam and Eve or Cain and Abel. Jesus Christ atoned for the transgressions of Adam and Eve, who now enjoy their eternal rest. Abel also rests in heavenly bliss while Cain received his reward for his deed. Cain had free will, meaning God succeeded in giving him the choice to decided to follow Him or not.

God never intended for this mortal life to be one of ease and pleasure, or hardship and misery, but a mixture of both so that all of humanity could learn to choose the good and reject the bad.

And we see that death comes upon mankind... which is the temporal death; nevertheless there was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead. [Alma 12:24]

Bad things happen to good people because life IS fair! Mortal life, limited to the parameters of its scope is not fair, however. God will give all living things their reward during the eternal life of each creature. In this temporary time on Earth as mortals, humans suffer and bask in luxury. It is not a failure. All will be judged at how we esteem each other so that God's success in providing us the right to choose remains inviolate.

References

Author - Truth About Cain & Abel: First Family [1]

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.

© 2019 Rodric Anthony

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