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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thanks to Adam and Eve for ... Sinning?

PhotobucketPerhaps you have visited one of the many official Mormon church websites. As I was reading over the Mormon.org website, I came upon the following article entitled, "Adam and Eve Gave Us the Gift of Choice" which can be found here. I will quote the article in its entirety, then put it to the test:

The article from www.mormon.org
"Adam and Eve Gave Us the Gift of Choice
You may know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but did you know it was they who paved the way for the rest of us to come to earth, make choices, and become like our Heavenly Father?


As God’s first children on earth, Adam and Eve were living in their garden paradise. They didn’t feel any sorrow or pain, which might seem nice, except that without it, they also couldn’t feel joy. They didn’t remember their pre-earth life. If they hadn’t eaten the forbidden fruit, they would have lived like that forever and never had children. Mankind never would have been born or the world populated.



As we know, Adam and Eve succumbed to Satan’s temptations to eat the fruit and disobeyed God who had commanded them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As a consequence, they were separated from God’s presence physically and spiritually—an event we refer to as the Fall. They became mortal—just as we are—subject to sin, disease, all types of suffering, and ultimately death. But it wasn’t all bad because they could now feel great joy. “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25) But as they were obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ Adam and Eve were able to receive God’s inspiration, revelation, and even visits from heavenly messengers.


Once out of the garden, they were able to progress and learn to become more like our Heavenly Father. In addition, they could have children, which meant the rest of God’s spirit children (all of us) could come to Earth, experience physical bodies, and be proven by our daily choices. Just like Adam and Eve, there are consequences to all our choices, good or bad. Lasting happiness and progression come from choosing to do what God wants us to do. The key word is “choosing.” Generally God does not step in and prevent us from making the poor choices Satan tempts us to make. He will, however, offer his love, divine guidance, and warnings when we open our heart to Him."

When comparing any Mormon doctrine, we must go directly to the source of truth, which is the Bible alone. If we do not have a final authority, we will not be able to show error as error. So let us compare what the Bible teaches, and see if it is in harmony with what the Mormon teaching says.

First, the article starts off with, "You may know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but did you know it was they who paved the way for the rest of us to come to earth, make choices, and become like our Heavenly Father?"

No where in the Bible do we see anything that even comes close to alluding to the fact that Adam and Eve "paved the way" for anyone to come to earth, and makes choices, or become like God. It simply is not there. In fact, throughout the Bible, we never once see the fall of man, and our original sin, painted in a good light. It is never something that anyone is thankful for, it is never a blessing, and it is never credited to them as sinning for the "benefit of humanity" in order to make the human race possible. I cannot be more clear or direct, this teaching just is not there.

The article continues, "As God’s first children on earth, Adam and Eve were living in their garden paradise. They didn’t feel any sorrow or pain, which might seem nice, except that without it, they also couldn’t feel joy." 


Is this really true? Is it logical to conclude that since Adam and Eve were in paradise and could not feel any sorrow or pain, they therefor were unable to feel joy? Let us look at what the Bible says:

1 - Adam was created in a paradise. Adam was the first human being, and was the first human being to see the finished creation of a totally perfect world, undiluted by the fall, without sin, and in the presence of God.

2 - God placed Adam in the garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of this paradise (Gen. 2:8). This garden was full of every tree that were pleasing to the sight, that was good for food, along with the tree of life as well (Gen. 2:9).

3 - There were rivers which flowed right out of the garden, giving a fresh water source, along with gold, and other precious stones (Gen. 2:10-14).

4 - God not only places the man, but gives him permission to eat of absolutely any tree in the garden, with the one exception of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and God is even good enough to tell Adam that if he were to eat of that tree, he will die! (Gen. 2:15-17)

5 - The man was given the duty of naming all of the animals, and the Bible tells us that God brought the animals to the man to name. Adam had the joy of seeing every animal, naming it, and without fear of being ripped to shreds or torn up by the dinosaurs, the lions, or the bears! (Gen. 2:18-19)

6 - God knew that it was not good for the man to be alone, He knew that none of the animals were a suitable helper, and so knowing this, God shows His grace and creates woman out of man, giving Adam a WIFE! Adam seems to sound happy when he says, "The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” (Gen. 2:23)
Here we see the institution of marriage started! How is this not joyous?

It seems to be an understatement to say that the notion of Adam and Eve not having sorrow or pain stopped them from having the ability to feel happiness and joy is unbiblical. To suggest this is simply to ignore several verses in the Bible in which we have words from the first man, and from God Himself.

Next, the article says, "They didn’t remember their pre-earth life. If they hadn’t eaten the forbidden fruit, they would have lived like that forever and never had children. Mankind never would have been born or the world populated."


Is this true? Remember, there is nothing in the Bible to suggest a "pre-mortal" existence of man. Is it true that had Adam and Eve not sinned, they would not be allowed to have children? Let's go to the Bible and let it answer this question.

We read in the very first chapter of Genesis, the following:
Genesis 1: 26-31

26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.


So here we have the Bible stating as clear as day that on the 6th day that Adam and Eve were BLESSED by God, and told to multiply, which would mean to have children, and not only that, to rule the earth! So the Bible completely refutes this idea that the only way Adam and Eve would be able to have children is to willfully, purposefully, and deliberately disobey God, and sin against our perfect and Holy God.

The article continues, "As we know, Adam and Eve succumbed to Satan’s temptations to eat the fruit and disobeyed God who had commanded them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As a consequence, they were separated from God’s presence physically and spiritually—an event we refer to as the Fall. They became mortal—just as we are—subject to sin, disease, all types of suffering, and ultimately death. But it wasn’t all bad because they could now feel great joy."


You may have done as I did after reading this and shake your head. Adam and Eve, by sinning according to Mormon teaching, now were separated from God's presence ... do not gloss over this, they were separated from God's presence both physically, and spiritually, become mortal, subjected to disease, all sorts of suffering, and death ... but hey, it's not all bad, they now could feel "great joy"? How on earth could the separation from God both physically and spiritually, being subjected to every disease, suffering and death give them joy, when being in the very home God created for them, walking in the presence of God the Father, being given the earth to rule over, and being in a world without sin could not give them joy? Does anyone see any sort of a problem here?

Not to mention, if it was a sin for them to fall, yet also a blessing, how on earth can God be viewed as just? He would punish Adam and Eve for a sin that would result in the need of a perfect sacrifice, Jesus, a sin that God ultimately wanted them to commit? I am not sure how many more ways you can go wrong with this theology. Again, NONE of this is in the Bible to begin with! But in order to make it fit, we have this sloppy, confusing, hypocritical order of things we must believe in, just to make it possible.

Then the article states, "“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25) But as they were obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ Adam and Eve were able to receive God’s inspiration, revelation, and even visits from heavenly messengers."


Adam was obedient to the Gospel of Jesus by ... sinning? The same sin that caused death to spread to all men? Romans 5:12 and 5:15 speak to the fact that through one man, sin entered the world, and sin brought death! We see the results of this sin immediately in the fact that in Genesis 3, the world is cursed, man is driven from the Garden, and we see the first death in which Adam and Eve are clothed in animal skins, as we know the Bible says in Romans 6:23, that the wages of sin is death! And in order to make a perfect sacrifice, it took the perfect Son of God to die on the cross. So to say that Adam was obedient to the Gospel of Jesus by sinning is as disgusting as it is blasphemous.

Lastly, the article states, "Once out of the garden, they were able to progress and learn to become more like our Heavenly Father. In addition, they could have children, which meant the rest of God’s spirit children (all of us) could come to Earth, experience physical bodies, and be proven by our daily choices. Just like Adam and Eve, there are consequences to all our choices, good or bad. Lasting happiness and progression come from choosing to do what God wants us to do. The key word is “choosing.” Generally God does not step in and prevent us from making the poor choices Satan tempts us to make. He will, however, offer his love, divine guidance, and warnings when we open our heart to Him."



Again, we have no Biblical basis for believing that after the fall, we could now become like God (which is an entirely other problem since we are told many many times throughout the entirety of scripture that there is but One God, and no other, and that man can never become a god), or now progress, or only now have children, or release some sort of "spirit baby" floating in the heavens. The article has no problem promoting along with this unbiblical heretical doctrine, the importance of "choosing the right" (CTR rings which most mormons will wear), and that God wants us to "choose" good.

1st Corinthians 2:14 says, "But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised." We are not able to choose enough good works to lead us to heaven. We do not deserve heaven, but hell. It is the grace of God that He sent Jesus to die so that we might be made alive, and pass from death to life! And while yes James tells us faith without works is dead, He does not say works lead unto salvation. Our salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, the works are a side effect of sorts of the new life we live. The works we do are out of gratefulness and thankfulness, not out of our working our way to heaven.

Romans 4:4 states, "Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation." It is not through our works, but through faith in Christ, and that faith produces works, but these works do not save us.

This post is to show the errors contained within the emotional draw and appeal from the Mormon church. Friends, if you are a Mormon reading this, please understand that placing your faith in the wrong God, as sincere as you may be, is still wrong. Someone once said, if 50 million people say something foolish, they have still spoken foolishly. This is to say that just because a large group of people believe something, the number of people does not all of a sudden make the thing true. God is clear, unless you believe in Him, and Him alone, the true God revealed in the Bible, you will die in your sins, and will be on your way to an eternal hell.

I pray you will place your trust in Him, research these issues, and feel free to comment on this blog post and ask any questions.

In Him,

Jamie

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hidden truths behind the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormonism) LDS

http://aomin.org/
Have you wondered what the Mormon church actually teaches? Perhaps you have heard your Mormon friends talk about God, and Heaven, and you figure that since they are using the same words as a Christian, they must be a Christian. Do you wish someone could quickly, yet accurately walk you through exactly what Mormons believe and show why it is inconsistent with Biblical Christianity? Then watch the video below!

Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries is a leading apologist who has debated with Mormon apologists such as Van Hale, Potter, and Van Hale. It is not only the understanding he has of Mormonism, but the grasp on what Christianity actually teaches that helps him demolish his opponents. This video is one of the best I have ever seen, and I am shocked it does not have more views! Please watch the video below, and leave a comment on my blog! If your a Mormon, lets have a discussion on these issues!