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Adam & Eve: Do Not Eat Forbidden Fruit

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Poison In Eden

Adam and Eve weren't dolts! They knew the commandments of God, but as with their posterity, life happened. Agency helped pave the way for all that's 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!

Adam and Eve's injunction to not eat the forbidden fruit was one of the four commandments God gave:

  1. Do be industrious, fruitful
  2. Do Not eat the forbidden fruit

  3. Do oversee the Garden and the Earth
  4. Do populate the Earth with people

Except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

God instructed Adam and Eve not to eat of that tree!

The reason they could not eat of this tree is that it would cause the seeds of death to grow in the bodies God created for them. For the Plan of Salvation God orchestrated to glorify and sanctify humanity to work, Adam and Eve needed to choose to partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil OR remain forever in the Garden of Eden in an innocent mental state.

And still, He forbade them to eat the fruit--warning them of the death that would follow if they did.


By placing the tree in the Garden, it provided choice: eat and die or not eat and live in paradise.

To obey the first commandment to be fruitful and multiply, Adam and Eve had to partake of the fruit. If they never partook of the fruit of that tree, they would still live in the garden to this day! Just a couple of people living--two humans isolated from others who would never exist!

For some reason, Adam and Eve could not produce children in their perfect state of immortality. They needed to be mortal. The prophet Nephi taught that if Adam had not listened to his wife, and partook of the fruit of the tree of good and evil

...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! 2 Nephi 2:22

Nothing would have changed unless Adam and Eve partook! Thankfully they did partake.

The Fruit

The fruit of this tree was delicious and tempting to the senses, pleasurable but deadly. The price for knowledge to proceed with the Plan of Salvation was high. God placed the tree in the garden because it provided Adam and Eve with the choice to obey or disobey. Adam and Eve had to choose to participate in the plan because God could not instruct them to partake of the fruit.

Satan desired to be God. Unlike God, however, he endeavored to control the Plan of Salvation and dictate how it transpired for each person regardless of choice. He did not fancy Adam and Eve to fail, as has been popularly believed, but wanted them to worship him as the Father of Creation.

His meddling in the plan to convince Eve to partake of the fruit proved advantageous for the progress of the plan, but in the end, Satan would not have them as his children as he hoped.

Innocence of Youth

Adam and Eve were as innocent as if they were children while living in Eden.

They were naked and not ashamed because the desires that come so naturally to humanity had not awakened within them. Satan, not having a body himself, did not know of those passions but he was aware they were to be a part of the human experience.

Satan did not care for such things at the time not knowing the power it has over humanity. He only wanted to lead Adam and Eve down to subjugation. This view is in opposition to those who would imply that Eve was anything but virtuous when she knew her husband following their expulsion from Eden's garden.

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A tradition has decided to debase the honor and integrity of humanity's first parents. In solemn truth, Adam and Eve broke no commandments save the transgression to partake of the sin-fruit of that tree.

Not only did they look like God, but they had the power to act like God. When they acted contrarily to the laws of God and partook of fruit poisonous to their systems, death entered the equation where they exercised the power to act as gods knowing good from evil with the power to choose the good and live with God again.

— Rodric Anthony Johnson —


Modern-day witnesses testify of the virtue of Adam and Eve as circumspect before the Lord and innocent as children until they gained their knowledge and became like one of the gods, knowing good and evil--receiving the ability to act rather than only acted upon.

God gave them an impossible choice. Adam and Eve could have avoided eating the fruit and stayed in paradise, but they would not have kept the command to fill the Earth with people. They were like small children having no knowledge of reproduction or the ability to practice doing so until their eyes were opened following choosing to disobey God's law.

It wasn't a mistake that God placed two commandments that seemed to compete with each other. Death was always meant to be a part of the Earth experience. In order to get that to happen, both Adam and Eve had to do something that made them worthy of death. They were perfectly obedient until they partook of the forbidden fruit that caused mortality and eventual death.

Because Adam willfully disobeyed the law, God sent the second Adam, Jesus Christ. Adam was the first immortal man to become mortal. Jesus was the first mortal man to become immortal. Adam partook of the fruit that caused death in the body. Christ drank of the fruit of a bitter cup that ended in restoring life.


Adam and Eve's injunction to not eat the forbidden fruit was one of the Four commandments God gave:

  1. Do be industrious, fruitful
  2. Do Not eat the forbidden fruit

  3. Do oversee the Garden and the Earth
  4. Do populate the Earth with people

Weigh In

This article is one of several written about the lives of Adam and Eve before, during, and after mortality. It is based on doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though this article is not an official document endorsed by the Church or any of its leaders. The views expressed here are the author's understanding of Church Doctrinal teachings.

For official teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you may go to President Russel. M Nelson is called by God as His representative on the earth and authorizes him to speak on behalf of the Church and to ordain others to do so. All references to "the Church" are to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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.

© 2013 Rodric Anthony

What do you think of my views of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden?

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on September 20, 2016:

God did not fail my friends. He simply allows us to have our agency to choose. He has provided a plan for us to decide whether or not we accept Jesus Christ's atonement from Adam to the last person born before the world fulfills its purpose for creation. People deciding not to follow His commands is not a failure on God's part; it is a success.

Death, pain, suffering, misery, and hopelessness is a part of life that we must experience to understand life, peace, success, joy, and hope. It is not meant to be only a pleasant experience here. We would learn nothing if all we had were good times.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on March 04, 2013:

A well-written hub and great images. Enjoyed it and thank you.

Brad Masters from Southern California on March 02, 2013:


Good luck

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on March 02, 2013:

Ib, yes I do think I am that special. I do have God's ear. I did read you comments. I am no better than any other person. My health is failing me right now and I am having to apply for disability. I am not free of trials.

I am not better than the next person. God loves us all the same and has a plan for all the billions of people who have lived and will live on this planet. There is not special secret to talking to God, only faith to open our mouths and be willing to listen and receive inspiration or revelation.

Brad Masters from Southern California on March 02, 2013:


You didn't read a word of my comment. Millions of people die while praying and having others pray for them, why do you think that you are so special that you have God's ear.

Are you better than these people, are you more deserving than these people, what is it?

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on March 01, 2013:

I promise you he will answer you. I did not always believe. I more than believe in God, I know him and know he is willing to help us get to where he is if we are humble enough to listen. Listen to him and make your own judgement. If you still hate him after you speak to him, fine. Don't give up just because what you grew up believing does not fit with what your limited understanding of what you think life aught to be.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on March 01, 2013:

Be skeptical, but be open to new ideas. Your mind needs to be open to possibility.

Brad Masters from Southern California on March 01, 2013:


That is your opinion but it is based on faith and not intelligence. There is no foundation for faith, as there has been no news from God for over two thousand years.

I grew up as a Catholic and went to parochial school for my first seven years. I liked the ideas that I was taught, but as I grew up I did my own thinking. We humans have high intelligence, but there is no intelligence needed to have blind faith. A dog has blind faith in their master, but dogs are not very intelligent. A dog at least can see, and be guided by their master.

The bibles were written by humans, men actually over a fifteen hundred year period, and it was a human that put all the writings into the bibles.

The stories in the bibles are well written but they are stories created by men. From Genesis you couldn't even know that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

If you believe the bible there was no heaven for Adam and Eve and their children, the Garden of Eden was their eternal paradise on Earth. Creating Eve by cloning makes women subservient to men, as was the tradition at the time that the bibles were being written.

How many billions of humans do you have to create before you realize that humans are failures, as much as were the angels. And if you already know the future, then stop the game. Because the game so far is a failure.

Why would humans do any better than did Adam and Eve? There was no difference that would make them more loyal or anything. Without making a change, it is fruitless to think that there would be a beneficial difference.

When Cain killed Abel, that should have been the game. Adam and Eve committed theft and disobedience, but Cain killed a person.

Even with God's help Moses never got to the promised land, even after 40 years.

The alleged tablets containing the Ten Commandments was easily broken by Moses.

The Jews were the chosen ones, but they didn't follow Jesus.

The list goes on and on.

If there is one God, then there should be one unified following. But there are religions that differ not because of what God wants, but what the humans that created the religion want.

Finally, the bibles are not self authenticating and God has chosen to be silent. So the bibles should stand alongside Aesop's Fables, and the story of Santa Claus.


Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on March 01, 2013:

You are correct. I know not the number of angels, but if you read the articles that I have written, you can see what I believe. I am a LDS Christian, a Mormon. I believe in modern day prophets. I speak to God daily, and honestly, he does speak to me. Sometimes there are words, but mostly impressions or feelings. Very rarely in a audible voice. He does live. I did not always know that, but I know it ever since I asked him if he was there. It was the first time I ever heart God's voice and I have had a relationship with him since then--over 20 years.

Yeah, bad things happen. If you understand the plan of salvation it is not so bad. I have lost my grandmother and my own daughter, but I know that the plan will allow for us to meet again.

These bad things are the result of the Earth refusing to cooperate with human kind for rejecting his teachings. Humans are the only creation of God that can think like God. He cannot control us. We have our free will. He invites us to voluntarily give our wills to him. It is a choice which many will not make. I give my will by following his teachings and my life is blessed but still hard.

If we endure life well, all will be well with us in this life and the next.

Brad Masters from Southern California on March 01, 2013:


God has failed

he failed with the Angels

he failed with Adam and Eve

he failed with Cain and Abel

he failed with Moses

And he failed with the billions of humans, as the humans have not changed for the better before or after AD.

This is from the fable you call the bible.

Take away your bible and you have no contact with God, I don't mean that you don't talk to him, but he never responds.

All the natural disasters kill thousands and millions of people, and they call them acts of God.

I will bet that you cannot tell me how many angels are a third of the angels.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on March 01, 2013:

I appreciate your comment and for reading. You, ib, have the right to your views. I believe the story of the Eden Experience. It is beautiful and simple yet very complex and yielding. God did not fail with fallen angels. He suceeded in allowing all humanity have free agency. Those angels used that agency to rebel against a plan they did not agree with. Yes, God tests humans so that we can mature and become a god just like he is. For those who do not seek to be as our Father, he prepares a place for them to serve as angels in his royal courts.

Brad Masters from Southern California on February 28, 2013:

The garden of Eden story is childish, and shows the shallowness of the biblical God.

Even according to the bible, God failed with a third of the angels, and now he is going to test humans.

The biblical God failed at everything.

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