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Unformatted text preview: Nolan Bradshaw Religion 121 Daniel Judd 11/10/2010 The Fall Traditional Christianity believes that the fall of Adam was the point where sin and death entered the world through one mans bad choice. As a result of Adams sin, all men are now sinners. As a matter of fact, we are all born sinners. The Fall was a horrible mistake and had radical repercussions for the entire human race. If it was not for what Adam did, we would all be living in bliss in a Garden of Eden type of existence. It was not in accordance with Gods plan for mankind. The Latter Day Saint perspective of the Fall is not near as grim. It is said that the Fall was indeed a fall, but it was a fall forward. If it were not for the fall, the human race would not even exist beyond Adam and Eve, still in the Garden of Eden in their original state. In the end, remaining in this state was not a good thing for Adam and Eve, or for the human race. As Lehi tells us, 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 Ne 2: 23). Unlike most of our Christian brethren, we do not believe we were born as sinners because of the fall. The 2nd article of faith states, We believe that men will be punished for their own sins and not for Adams transgression. We do indeed believe that we are born into a fallen condition, but we are not born as sinners, only into sinfulness. In this condition of spiritual death, we are prone to obey the voice of our own dictates rather than the will of God. In this condition it is natural for us to sin. The challenge lies in our willingness of hear the voice of God, turn from what seems natural, and heed His will instead of our own, or as Paul states, work out our own salvation. In what way was it a fall? It was a fall in that sin and death entered the world. Referring to their transgression, President James E. Faust observed, Adam and Eve, having chosen to leave their state of innocence, were banished from the presence of God. This is referred to in Christendom as the Fall, or Adams transgression. However, it was more than a timeout from a nice place to a lesser place, it was a spiritual death as well. Adam and Eve, representing all of mankind, were separated from the presence of God and given agency to act for themselves and not to be acted upon (2 Ne 2: 26). Their transgression related to a law of condition and was not a sin. It was a transgression that brought about change. Therefore, the Fall refers to both a change in location and a change in condition, as Alma tells his son, Corianton, And now, ye see by this that our first parents were cut off both temporally and spiritually from the presence of the Lord (Alma 42: 7). Being in a fallen condition spiritually, we are more prone to follow the dictates of our own mind and desires, which are often not the will of God. Here is what Mosiah tells us about mind and desires, which are often not the will of God....
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