[QUOTE]I have a few questions regarding the story of Adam and Eve. For starters, do you view the sin Adam made by partaking of the fobidden fruit a good thing or a bad thing? I’ve been taught in the LDS church that we should thank Adam for what he did because it allowed Adam and Eve to have children and to bring us into the world. Also, do you believe that if Adam had not partaken of the fruit that we would be in paradise right now?[/QUOTE]
First my friend; WELCOME TO CAF!
The CC teaches that the STORY of Adam and Eve is a Moral Allegory: Adam and Eve being “REAL” but perhaps by different names? And a STORY with a true Moral message and lesson. The details as articulated need not, but can be believed.
God Created man who choose to not only sin grievously; but actually attacked the very Sovereignty of God; but desiring to “be like, equal to God. Thus the consequences were & are so serious.
What you were taught mitigates God’s plan. In reading Gen. 1: 26-28 we discover that there WAS NO NEED to sin; God’s Plan already had “offspring” covered.
“And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth”
As to the paradise question. If we limit mans POSSIBLE disobedience to Adam and Eve alone; then yes. We would ALL be in paradise. BUT only God knows if the future offspring might have caused at some time; in some way and similarly serious affront to God? But each descendent; possessing a mind, intellect and freewill MAY HAVE? Caused a similar consequence?
[QUOTE]next question, Is it a literal story or a symbolic story? I’ve been taught its a literal story, but i would like to hear your thoughts on it[/QUOTE]
I just answered that
[QUOTE]Is Adam the Archangel Michael? Again, this is a common teaching in the LDS faith and would like to get your opinion on it[/QUOTE]
NO! There is nothing to indicate this; or for that matter; LDS believes of “god the father” or Jesus as NOT God. Ect.
[QUOTE]And last question, are we held responsible for the sin of Adam? A common teaching in the LDS faith is that we are accountable for our own sins and not for Adam’s transgression[/QUOTE]
We would have to define your [LDS] understanding of the term “accountable.”
If it means that mankind some how “caused it”; NO!
If it means only that consequences FLOWED by and through it: then YES!
But what I think you may be asking is this? Did and DOES the sin of our First parents play a critical role in mans POSSIBLE salvation? And the answer is YES is did and does.
Because A & E sinned is a manner that Questioned Gods Sovereign Rights to do as HE deems fit; the actions and choice is in God’s idea of Justice [In an absolute sense He did not HAVE to Create man at all]; necessary for all humanity be equally charged with this sin; KNOWING that He would offer a manner to OFFSET IT.
Space is limited so I can’t be more precise here. PLEASE keep asking questions!
God Bless you,
Pat /PJM here on CAF