Why do Mormons accept and applaud Adam and Eve’s rejection of God while at the same time teach that behaving inappropriately isn’t acceptable?
Adam and Eve clearly disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden by partaking from the tree of knowledge. Their behavior took several deliberate steps of action that went down a slippery slope. Let’s take a look at the events in context –
4.Pride entered heart
6.Believed God lied
7.Twisted God’s words
8.Wanted to be like God
9.Justified their sin
10.Tried to hide sin
11.Blamed others (Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent)
We see their behavior spiraling ever downward as they tried to reason their way out of being wrong. And then we witnessed what their hearts said inside of them. At one time they were walking hand in hand enjoying each other’s presence and in the blink of an eye they were pointing fingers. The blame game began in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:1-13
All of that, the blame game, trusting Satan, mistrusting God, twisting God’s words, rejecting Him, etc, is what Mormons believe is good.
2 Nephi 2:25; “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy”.
They believe God tricked Adam and Eve and it was all in the original ‘plan of salvation’ for these two people to sacrifice their eternal bliss so we could all be born.
2 Nephi 2:23; “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”.
My questions today are as follows;
How do you gauge what is right or wrong if you believe Adam and Eve didn’t sin against God?
How did you decide Joseph Smith was telling the truth but God had lied in His word?
Do you see any parallels in this at all? Why or why not?
Why is murder unacceptable in Mormon society today, but it was okay under the dictates of blood atonement in Mormonism a century ago?
Journal of Discourses 1:97; “The principle, the only one that beats and throbs through the heart of the entire inhabitants of this Territory, is simply this: The man who seduces his neighbors wife must die, and her nearest relative must kill him!” – George A. Smith, Salt Lake City, October 1851
Why is adultery condemned in Mormonism while polygamy was commanded?
D&C 132:62; “And if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified”.
Overall, we’ve published more than 2,500 discrepancies, aka dilemmas, from Mormon doctrines which I’m convinced all stem from one place.
For me, it all goes back to the beginning, that being Adam and Eve. If you can’t accept they sinned against God, believing any other commandment of God’s is lost. You’ve made yourself out to be a god that makes his/her own rules, you reject God, trust Satan…
The Mormons accept something is evil only if and when it hasn’t inconvenienced their god’s system. Their plan of salvation doesn’t exemplify what the Bible says and you can see this in the way they’ve justified their sin just as Adam and Eve did all those years ago.
If it weren’t for the US Government stepping in, blood atonement and polygamy would still be in effect today.