The root and divine pattern of the damsel in distress


Adam’s adamance

According to the temple account, when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, prior to the fall, Satan first came tempting Adam to partake of the forbidden fruit.

LUCIFER APPROACHES ADAM

[Lucifer enters.]

LUCIFER: Well, Adam, you have a new world here.

ADAM: A new world?

LUCIFER: Yes, a new world, patterned after the old one where we used to live.

ADAM: I know nothing about any other world.

LUCIFER: Oh, I see–your eyes are not yet opened. You have forgotten everything. You must eat some of the fruit of this tree.

[Lucifer pantomimes picking two pieces of fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He offers the fruit to Adam.]

LUCIFER: Adam, here is some of the fruit of that tree. It will make you wise.

ADAM: I will not partake of that fruit. Father told me that in the day I should partake of it, I should surely die.

LUCIFER: You shall not surely die, but shall be as the Gods, knowing good and evil.

ADAM: I will not partake of it.

LUCIFER: Oh, you will not? Well, we shall see.

[Adam withdraws from view.]

Satan failed to directly tempt him because Adam was adamant about not breaking God’s commandment. How do you get someone to yield whose very nature is not to budge an inch? Was there no way around Adam’s adamancy? Yes, there was, and Satan, that cunning one, knew that Adam had a weakness which he had planned to exploit. And so off the devil went to tempt Eve.

Eve’s acquiescence

Satan used on Eve the very same approach that he used on Adam, directly tempting her with the wisdom and knowledge that the fruit offered as benefits. Instead of Eve acting like the unyielding Adam, though, she acquiesced and partook of the fruit.

Why did Adam refuse? Because it was his nature to stick to the decision he had made to obey God and not to yield to temptations.

Why did Eve partake? Because it was her nature to yield to persuasive arguments. It was her nature to vacillate.

Why did Satan wait for Eve to be alone? Because if Adam had been around, he would have offered counter arguments to Satan’s temptations and Eve might have drawn strength from Adam’s unyielding nature and resisted the temptation.

Here is how it went down.

EVE PARTAKES OF THE FRUIT

[Eve returns.]

LUCIFER: Eve, here is some of the fruit of that tree. It will make you wise. It is delicious to the taste and very desirable.

EVE: Who are you?

LUCIFER: I am your brother.

EVE: You, my brother, and come here to persuade me to disobey Father?

LUCIFER: I have said nothing about Father. I want you to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that your eyes may be opened, for that is the way Father gained his knowledge. You must eat of this fruit so as to comprehend that everything has its opposite: good and evil, virtue and vice, light and darkness, health and sickness, pleasure and pain. Thus your eyes will be opened, and you will have knowledge.

EVE: Is there no other way?

LUCIFER: There is no other way.

EVE: Then I will partake.

[Eve pantomimes taking one of the pieces of fruit from Lucifer’s hand and eating it.]

LUCIFER: There. Now go and get Adam to partake.

[Lucifer pantomimes placing the second piece of fruit in her hand. He withdraws from view.]

Indirectly tempting the adamant Adam

Having received instructions from the devil to tempt Adam to partake, Eve went to find her husband.

ADAM PARTAKES OF THE FRUIT

[Adam returns.]

EVE: Adam, here is some of the fruit of that tree. It is delicious to the taste and very desirable.

ADAM: Eve, do you know what fruit that is?

EVE: Yes. It is the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

ADAM: I cannot partake of it. Do you not know that Father commanded us not to partake of the fruit of that tree?

EVE: Do you intend to obey all of Father’s commandments?

ADAM: Yes, all of them.

We see from this that the devil’s plan to indirectly tempt Adam failed, for Adam was still every bit as adamant about obeying all of Father’s commandments as he ever was. The man simply refused to budge and break any commandments. Neither direct nor indirect temptation worked on Adam, for it was against his nature to budge on his decisions. But notice what happened next.

Why did Adam partake of the forbidden fruit?

EVE: Do you not recollect that Father commanded us to multiply and replenish the earth? I have partaken of this fruit and by so doing shall be cast out, and you will be left a lone man in the garden of Eden.

ADAM: Eve, I see that this must be so. I will partake that man may be.

[Adam pantomimes eating the fruit.]

There were three reasons that Eve gave Adam to get him to partake of the fruit. The first was

“It is delicious to the taste and very desirable.”

But that wasn’t enough to get Adam to budge on Father’s commandments. So Eve tried a strategy which appealed to Adam’s desire to obey the commandments. Her reasoning was that since “God commanded them to multiply and replenish the earth,” that required that they remain together, but since now Eve had “partaken of this fruit and by so doing [would] be cast out,” Adam would “be left a lone man in the garden of Eden.”

That got Adam to partake and the standard interpretation is that Adam chose to obey one commandment over another, that he was placed in a situation in which the two commandments conflicted and he chose to obey “the greater commandment” of staying together and having children over “the lesser commandment” of partaking of the fruit. We often take the view that obeying God’s commandment to have children was Adam’s prime motivator.

This is an understandable interpretation, given that the text has Adam saying, “I will partake that man may be.” To everyone who hears that (including me), Adam was obviously talking about having children.

Three commandments

However, that may not be the whole picture. There were three commandments that God gave to Adam.

  • Don’t partake of the forbidden fruit.

  • Remain together.

  • Multiply and replenish the earth.

After Adam partook of the forbidden fruit, God asked him, “Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, if so thou shouldst surely die?” And Adam replied,

“The woman thou gavest me,

and commandest that she should remain with me,

she gave me of the fruit of the tree and I did eat. ”

We see from this response that Adam himself explained the reason why he partook of the forbidden fruit. It was to comply with the commandment that the woman remain with him. This commandment was given to him because God had said that “it was not good that the man should be alone.” But let’s backtrack a bit, for we need to understand what “man” is.

What “man” is

There are four things that “man” is.

  • Man is Adam, not Eve (woman/help meet).

  • Man is Adam + Eve. (“One flesh.”)

  • Man is children and posterity.

  • Man is Eve. (Mankind.)

We can do some substitution to try to determine what Adam meant by “man” when he said, “Eve, I see that this must be so. I will partake that man may be.” The exercise might pull some additional information out of the text that is not readily apparent in a cursory first reading.

“I will partake that [children/posterity] may be.”

I think it is safe to say that most people think this is what he was referring to, but neither Adam nor Eve had any concept of what children were, for they were still innocent themselves. So, let’s try another substitute.

“I will partake that [Adam, not Eve] may be.”

Eve had partaken and broken the commandment, whereas Adam had not, therefore, Eve was already spiritually dead (and would later suffer a temporal death). So, we can look upon Eve as spiritually dead when she tempted the spiritually alive Adam. This substitution, then, doesn’t make sense because the words “may be” indicate bringing something into existence, or making something alive. The fall had brought death upon Eve, not life. By partaking of the fruit, then, Adam would also bring death upon himself. Therefore, since he was already spiritually and physically alive, it makes no sense that he needed to partake of death in order to become (spiritually or physically) alive.

“I will partake that [Eve] may be.”

Eve was already spiritually dead, therefore, Adam partaking of the same forbidden fruit does not bring her back to life, it only makes him just as dead as she is. So, this interpretation doesn’t work, either. Let’s try the last substitution.

“I will partake that [Adam + Eve] may be.”

If Adam viewed Eve as part of himself, as literally “the other half” of him, then when he saw (“Eve, I see that this must be so”) that a change had come over her and that she had become fallen, what he saw was that man (Adam + Eve) had already ceased to exist. Half of him was fallen and half of him had not fallen, causing a separation, or death, between the two halves. In truth, Adam never saw Eve as a separate individual, separate from himself. For example, there’s this:

This was bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; now she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man; (Abr. 5:17)

and also this:

This I know now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. (Moses 3:23)

In one view, it is said that Eve was his bone and flesh (prior to her being taken out of him), and in another view it is said that Eve is his bone and flesh (after being taken out of him). In either case, she is him. Then we get these scriptures, which reinforce the same idea that Adam + Eve is man:

So the Gods went down to organize man in their own image, in the image of the Gods to form they him, male and female to form they them. (Abr. 4:27)

And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them. (Moses 2:27)

Adam, then, was like unto the left-brain-mind of man and Eve was like unto the right-brain-heart of man. The one is firm, fixed and adamant (unyielding), the other vacillating. They were the personification of our two brain hemispheres. Just as we need both halves of our brain for existence, so they needed to remain with each other to be complete and alive. If you leave the left-brain-mind of man alone to itself, without any interaction with the right-brain-heart, it goes insane, just like all those crazy chess players.  The reverse is also true. A right-brain-heart cannot remain separate from its corresponding left-brain-mind.

What Adam was thinking

Remember those three commandments Adam had received from God?

  • Don’t partake of the forbidden fruit.

  • Remain together.

  • Multiply and replenish the earth.

Well, in Adam’s mind, half of himself (Adam + Eve) had already broken the first one, making it impossible to comply with the second and third commandments. Because only half of himself (Adam + Eve) had partaken of the fruit, man (Adam + Eve) had ceased to exist. In order to save or rescue man (Adam + Eve) and bring man (Adam + Eve) back again into existence, the other half of himself (Adam + Eve) had to also partake of the forbidden fruit. This would allow the now fallen, yet still existing man (Adam + Eve) to comply with the second and third commandments.

Adam’s chief motivation, then, was to rescue man (Adam + Eve), for without Eve, man (Adam + Eve) could not exist. Adam would perform the rescue through condescension (“voluntary descent from one’s rank or dignity in relations with an inferior”), by voluntarily allowing himself to fall. Now Adam and Eve would again be on an equal (fallen) footing and Adam, and through his faith, repentance and unyielding obedience (for this was his nature), could perchance bring both himself and Eve, his other half, back into the presence of God.

This view of Eve as himself did not allow him to merely cut his losses and walk away from her. To lose Eve was to lose himself. This wasn’t some fallen, romantic love affair in which two separate people come together, this was orders of magnitude more intense, because Eve was literally taken out of Adam. They weren’t just made for each other, they were each other! So, the possibility of losing Eve was not an option to Adam. Eve needed to be rescued.

Eve, the prototypical damsel in distress

Adam partook of the forbidden fruit because Eve was in distress and he desired to rescue her. By her transgression, she had lost the promises and would be cut off, both physically and spiritually. She had already shown that she was unable to resist the direct temptations of the devil in her paradisaical state while separated from Adam, so, what kind of a chance did Eve have to resist the devil’s temptations in a fallen state and being alone in a fallen world, with no Adam to rely upon and help rescue her? Not a chance in hell.

(Before I continue, it needs to be understood and emphasized that both the temple and scriptural accounts of this event are most likely just a part, or an abridgment, of the actual conversation that took place between Eve and Adam. Nevertheless, we can see from the few words of Eve which have been given to us by revelation, that she was in dire need of some comfort, for she makes it a point to say to Adam, and this, I believe, is the main point that resonated with Adam, “I…shall be cast out.”)

Now, everyone who has dealt with a woman in distress knows just how very nervous and agitated they can become. It is likely that Eve unloaded a barrage of words on Adam to get him to partake of that fruit, crying to him with tears of sorrow, as a weeping woman pleading for rescue. Adam likely had never seen tears before, so the sight of a hysterical woman must have been a shock to him. As this was a life and death situation—for Eve was now slated to die (spiritually and physically), alone, in the dreary world outside of the garden—it is highly unlikely that the conversation we have recorded in the temple and in the scriptures is the full account.

So, she likely used every argument she could think of to persuade Adam to partake of the fruit and to be kicked out and die with her. Obviously something she said actually worked to get him to partake, whereas the direct temptations of the devil had failed. Was it the appeal to keep the replenish commandment? Probably not. For in order to stay together, Adam would still need to break a commandment, and the end result would be the same. So why did he partake? It can only be because she was a damsel in distress and he thought to save or rescue her.

How to bring down an adamant Adam

Now this was the devious plan of the adversary, by which he would get around the adamant nature of Adam. The strategy was to use Eve to destroy Adam by putting Eve in peril (through her fall), which would cause Adam to voluntarily put himself in peril (through his own fall) in order to save her. It worked because it was based upon the nature of Adam, which was patterned after God Himself. In other words, although it was Adam’s nature to be totally obedient, it was also his nature to save his loved ones, even if it meant the voluntary sacrifice of his own life. Sound familiar?

Damsel in distress and rescue as gospel principles

As a result of these events, God patterned the entire gospel on that interaction between Adam and Eve, which resulted in the fall. How so?

By partaking of the fruit, Eve became the prototypical damsel in distress and all her daughters would follow this pattern, becoming themselves, in the gospel plan, damsels in distress.

Adam became the prototypical knight in shining armor that puts himself in jeopardy in order to rescue the maiden from the danger she is in, and all his sons would follow this same pattern, becoming saviors (or rescuers) on mount Zion.

The cries of Eve to Adam to save her from her dilemma is the prototypical prayer, by which all prayers to God, in which we plead to Him for mercy and salvation, is patterned after. Just as she wept to Adam, so are we to weep to God. When we perform a proper prayer, after this order of Eve, we take upon us the role of the damsel in distress, and God hears and answers our prayers.

Adam’s response to Eve, in which he condescended to save her from her distress, is the prototype after which the atonement of Jesus Christ is patterned. The condescension of God, then, is patterned after the condescension of Adam.

The male priesthood orders, which administer the ordinances of salvation, are based on the “rescuer,” while all female priesthood orders are based upon the “damsel in distress.”

When Jesus faces God, He pleads with Him in our behalf as a Damsel in Distress. When He faces us, He stands as our Rescuer. When a man faces Christ, he pleads with Him as a damsel in distress. When he faces his wife and children, it is as a rescuer. When a woman faces her husband or Christ, it is as a damsel in distress. When she faces her children, it is as a rescuer. Children all have the role of damsels in distress until they are of age.

The root and pattern of the damsel in distress can be traced to Eve, from the time of her fall, and the rescuer principle can be traced to Adam, from the time of his fall. The gospel given to Adam and Eve after their fall, and given to all of their children, retains the same pattern.

The ancient church, as written in our scriptural canon, was almost entirely based upon assigning men the role of rescuer and women the role of damsels in distress, with but few exceptions. The men fought the wars, not the women, and thus they became the protectors of the women. The men were expected to be the providers for their families (rescuing them from hunger, etc.), not the women. The women and children had claim on their husbands, not the other way around. And when it came to leadership, the leader was typically male. In the modern church, we now use the word preside, which is also an expected role of the men, as stated in the Proclamation on the Family.

Some Book of Mormon instances of damsel in distress

Captain Moroni’s title of liberty was “in defense of our wives.” That is damsel in distress. The kidnapped Lamanite women created a damsel in distress situation which brought out the vast Lamanite army to search for 24 women. Jacob’s rebuke of Nephite husbands because of their desire for additional wives and how they were making their wives feel bad was a damsel in distress theme, the rescue provided by the Lord who sent His prophet to call the husbands to repentance. The Nephites were commanded to defend their wives and children against Lamanite aggression even unto bloodshed. Why didn’t the Lord just authorize the Nephites to wipe out the Lamanite threat? Well, one reason might have been so that Nephite wives would have a continual source of potential distress, in the form of the Lamanites. This would allow them to more fully cleave unto their rescuing husbands.

Damsel in distress found in non-gospel cultures

Because the damsel in distress theme has gospel origins from the time of our first parents, it is to be expected that we would find it played out in many different non-gospel cultures and stories of all ages, and that is, in fact, what we see.

Fascinating Womanhood was based on damsel in distress

The book, Fascinating Womanhood, which was written by a Mormon woman, attempted to teach women what “true” femininity was. As might be expected, it had (and still has) a polarizing effect upon both men and women, some swearing by it, others wanting to burn it. It stood out like a sore thumb among many other self-help books because it claimed to be based on biblical principles, on the very laws of God. It relied heavily upon the damsel in distress theme, where women were taught to use their weakness to activate a man’s strength, or, to put it another way, they were taught to more fully assume the role of the damsel in distress, to which, it was claimed, men naturally responded (like Adam did) by seeking to rescue them. These teachings completely contradicted modern ideas, which seek to make strong, empowered women that do not need to rely upon men. (Another book was written by the author’s husband, called Man of Steel and Velvet, which was written for men and based upon the rescuer role of men.)

Modern movements against the damsel in distress stereotype

Go back a hundred years and virtually all dramas in plays, movies, radio or print (and later in television) were based on the damsel in distress theme. Times, however, have changed. Now there is a concerted effort in media of all forms to remove it and replace it with either equal roles for the sexes or a dude in distress theme. The strong female who can mop up the floor of any guy or group of guys is now found everywhere. The weak female needing male attention and help is virtually non-existent in current media. The heroine who rescues the dude in distress is becoming more and more prevalent. For example, take Disney, which used to base their fairy tales on damsel in distress and now have the fair maiden saving the man from the fire breathing dragon.   In many of the kiss and sex scenes nowadays in movies and television, it is the woman who initiates (and often dominates) and the man is on the receiving (submissive) end.

The blurring, elimination and/or reversal of the damsel in distress/rescuer theme in media is manifestly intentional. It is done according to a plan. Damsel in distress is painted as a antiquated cultural artifact that needs to be eliminated from society. And much of society has bought into that view. Even Mormon society. For example, ordaining women to the male priesthood orders would confound the damsel in distress and rescuer roles found within the church, yet there are many in the church who feel that this should happen because they do not see damsel in distress as a divinely appointed principle.

Damsel in distress in prophecy

In a previous post, I explained that at some point in the future, the women of the church shall be ordained to the male priesthood orders, and that they would fulfill the prophecy of the wicked, ruling daughters of Zion found in Isaiah 3:12-23. My next post on the orders of the priesthood was an extension of the daughters in Zion post. This post may also be viewed as an extension of the same topic, but in this post I would like to unfold that Isaiah prophecy some more and also tell what will happen afterward.

The return of the order of the Nehors

Given that there are forces at work to subvert the damsel in distress doctrine, both within and without the church, it might be asked, what would be the result of total subversion, meaning these forces completely unfolded? The answer to that question is this: when there are no more damsels in distress, there is no more need for rescue or a rescuer. In other words, there will be no more need for salvation and for a Savior, for all are saved and no one is in distress and all can rejoice. In other words, complete subversion of damsel in distress leads to Nehor’s doctrine.

And it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of Alma in the judgment-seat, there was a man brought before him to be judged, a man who was large, and was noted for his much strength.

And he had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the church; declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people.

And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day, and that they need not fear nor tremble, but that they might lift up their heads and rejoice; for the Lord had created all men, and had also redeemed all men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life.

And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words, even so many that they began to support him and give him money.

And he began to be lifted up in the pride of his heart, and to wear very costly apparel, yea, and even began to establish a church after the manner of his preaching. (Alma 1:2-6)

Notice, in particular, that Mormon describes Nehor as being “lifted up in the pride of his heart” and he said that he began “to wear very costly apparel,” which is a similar description to how Isaiah described the wicked, ruling daughters of Zion in Isaiah 3:12-23. The daughters of Zion, then, spoken of by Isaiah in those verses, will be Nehors.

A change in conditions

Subversion of damsel in distress and the rescuer principles can only happen during times of economic prosperity and peace, for when women have money and can provide for their own, and have no need for protection, or can purchase it with their money, they do not need to be rescued by any man. Therefore, the Lord will deal with His wicked daughters by changing the conditions among men, taking away the prosperity and peace, so that Isaiah 3: 24-26 and Isaiah 4:1 will be the next thing that happens, ushering in an immediate re-installment of the damsel in distress and rescuer doctrine, for all women left alive will be in distress and will look to any man left alive to rescue them. Thus, all those who remain alive will be humbled to the dust.

And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.

And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. (Isaiah 3: 24-26;4:1)

Now, the Lord’s plan is to use the same instrument to distress the wicked, ruling daughters of Zion as He did the ancient Nephite women, namely, Lamanite aggression. All those souls that survive shall repent of their sins and cleave unto their husbands, and the husbands unto their wives.

What of the righteous?

These prophecies speak of men and women who will, in their wickedness, confound the gospel doctrines of damsel in distress and rescue, but one might ask, will the righteous, meaning those who promote and support these divine principles, be among the people of the Lord when the prophesied destruction takes place? The answer is, “No.” The Lord will remove all of His people who obey His laws to places of safety prior to the Lamanites being sent in, but know this: prior to that time, all those who refuse to support any philosophy of (wo)men that subverts the Lord’s damsel in distress principle, will be tested with persecution. So, plan accordingly.

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16 Comments

  1. One problem I see with this idea is that without the Fall, the entire Plan of Salvation goes flying out the window. As far as we know, Adam and Eve were unable to have children, which means no mortal probation for us, which means no Exaltation and the Plan comes grinding to a halt. It’s entirely possible that Adam and Eve were in the Garden for bajillions of years before the Fall and we have no real way of knowing, in this life at least.

    And so for me, Eve at some point begins to understand the situation they’re in, while Adam (like most men will be at points in their lives) is being stubborn, refusing to see the greater good to be accomplished with the Fall. That’s the entire point of 2nd Nephi chapter 2, while vs. 22-25 discuss this specifically.

  2. From the temple account again:

    THE GODS WITHDRAW

    ELOHIM: Adam, we have created for you this earth, and have placed upon it all kinds of vegetation and animal life. We have commanded all these to multiply in their own sphere and element. We give you dominion over all these things and make you, Adam, lord over the whole earth and all things on the face thereof. We now command you to multiply and replenish the earth, that you may have joy and rejoicing in your posterity.

    We have also planted for you this garden, wherein we have placed all manner of fruits, flowers, and vegetation. Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat; nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee. But remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely
    die.

    Adam, remember this commandment which we have given unto you. Now go to–dress this garden, take good care of it, be happy and have joy therein.

    We shall go away, but we shall visit you again and give you further instructions.

    [Elohim and Jehovah withdraw from the Garden Room. Eve also withdraws from view, as if passing into a different portion of the garden. Adam is left alone.]

    Notice the words, “We shall go away, but we shall visit you again and give you further instructions.

    God had a way to enact the plan without a fall, but Satan had to be allowed to tempt man first, according what was previously counseled. Regardless of what happened, provision had been made by God, so that the end result would allow His children to return to Him, if they chose to.

    Re: Lehi’s teachings, they only apply to the state of Adam and Eve prior to the fall and prior to God returning and imparting “further instructions,” for God is certainly capable of giving knowledge of good and evil without His children being in a fallen state, the great Millennium being evidence of that.

    Satan knew the plan of God, for he was there in the heavenly councils, and he intended to frustrate it and to inflict maximum damage wherever he could. If Adam and Eve were to exist in a state of innocence and have no children forever and ever, that would entirely frustrate the plan. Satan, then, would have chosen to not tempt them and just leave them alone, so that no one could progress. But he knew that were he to do that, God would return and give those “further instructions” and Millennial conditions would be enacted and he would have no power over men, whatsoever. So, he was “forced” to tempt them, in order to thwart the plan. But the plan provided a Savior, so it didn’t matter what would happen, either way God would win.

    Lehi’s words must be interpreted according to his given key: “Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.” Unless God returned and gave further instructions, enticing man, or unless the devil enticed him, all things would remain in the same state and no children would be born, for they were innocent and lacked knowledge and wisdom (which God intended to give them).

    Regarding these words of Lehi, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy,” (males + females) works as a valid substitute of the meaning of the word “men.” So, although it is spoken in the context of children, it still points to the same thing, the unification of two halves, and the becoming of one flesh.

  3. One more thing, the Wikipedia entry on Adam and Eve has this paragraph:

    Genesis does not tell how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, but the 2nd century BC Book of Jubilees provides more specific information. It states (ch3 v17) that the serpent convinced Eve to eat the fruit on the 17th day of the 2nd month in the 8th year after Adam’s creation. It also states that they were removed from the Garden on the new moon of the fourth month of that year (ch3 v33).

    Eighth year, huh? So Adam was around the age of accountability when he partook…

  4. In addition to what LDSA wrote in response to:

    One problem I see with this idea is that without the Fall, the entire Plan of Salvation goes flying out the window.

    I’d add:

    Man did need to become a kind of animal that had a left-brain concept of a “Self” that is this separate, skin-encapsulated center of Will in the universe. We did need to begin seeing ourselves as something not-God – something fallen away from Him, pretending that we are not one-in-the-same thing.

    The Fall brought about by the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is how we could take this cosmic step back [or away, or down, depending on one’s perspective] and start to look at God from an outside perspective.
    […]
    So though mankind did need to “fall” into a conception of their Self as separate-existing centers of Will surrounded by all of existence [which was the result of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil] — they have no need to become carnal, devilish, or fallen man [which was the result of heeding to the temptations of the devil, becoming subject to him].

    The scriptures have examples of specific people or classes of people who work out their own salvation without sin and without the devil having any power over them.

    [Split-braid model of the gospel: The fall of man]

  5. the fall only seems like a huge and awful deal when it is misunderstood. like the son who was mad that his brother was home and getting his own party. the fall is a chance for man to progress and repent of a lot so that he will love a lot more. also, is the idea that adam and eve couldn’t have children before the fall backed up in the scriptures?

  6. 2nd Nephi chapter 2:22-23:

    22 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.

    23 And 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.

  7. An overwhelming sense of urgency

    Adam and Eve were in a timeless state prior the fall, therefore they had no concept of time. As soon as Eve partook, she entered time and became cognizant of its passage, whereas Adam still had no understanding of it. Eve knew that God had said that “in the day you eat of it, you shall surely die,” but how long was a day? Was it 24 hours? Was it a year? A thousand years? This uncertainty of how long she had to live would have created a tremendous sense of urgency in Eve. Also, God said He would return with more instructions, but He didn’t say when He would return. (And why would He? Saying when He would return would be pointless, since neither of them had any concept of time when He had said that.)

    Adam, living in eternity, gazing upon his wife who was now living in time, would have had no sense of urgency, whatsoever, and might have thought to say, “Let’s wait until Father gets back before I (Adam) partake of the fruit,” but because he didn’t know when Father would get back (and neither did Eve), there was the possibility that by then Eve might be physically dead, and then instead of not complying with just one commandment, all three would have been broken.

    Eve, then, would have been pleading with him to partake of the fruit immediately, which is exactly what Adam did. Since Adam couldn’t distinguish the difference between 100 years and 100 seconds, the safest course of action would have been to just reach right out and partake of the fruit immediately. So, Adam’s seemingly instantaneous decision (with no extended deliberation) makes perfect sense in light of Eve’s insistence of the urgency of the matter and all the variables involved. They both were able to see eye to eye on both the need for Adam to partake of the forbidden fruit and also the need to partake of it now.

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  11. Hello and good day ldsanarchy from KT…
    2 part question, is there a reason you left out this part below
    start:
    THE GODS RETURN
    [Elohim and Jehovah return to the Garden Room.]
    ELOHIM: Adam!
    Adam!
    Adam, where art thou?
    [Adam returns.]
    ADAM: I heard thy voice and hid myself, because I was naked.
    ELOHIM: Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou partaken of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, of which we commanded thee not to partake?
    end:

    start of question from KT to ldsanarchy, 1st part of question, why did you leave that part out of the original post?

    second part of question: Adam is being asked “who told thee that thou was naked has thou eaten of the tree commanded not to eat”? Adam say the woman gave me of the tree and I ate, that is Adam’s answer to how he knew he was naked…..so then,…is it not when Adam ate he “”knew”” he was naked, do then Eve could not “know” she was naked until Adam ate, if so then how could Eve have any “knowledge” of anything until Adam ate? for it was when Adam ate sin entered the world, so again it does not make sense that Eve had “knowledge” of Evil until Adam did…..Adam was told everything would happen if HE ate, right?

    smile now, KT 🙂

  12. KT,

    I suppose I left that part out of the post because it didn’t directly address the damsel in distress theme. I have, however, previously written on this blog about that part of the endowment ceremony. See Body modesty is not a principle of the gospel.

    Adam is being asked “who told thee that thou was naked has thou eaten of the tree commanded not to eat”? Adam say the woman gave me of the tree and I ate, that is Adam’s answer to how he knew he was naked

    Actually, that sounds like his answer to the second question, “Hast thou partaken of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, of which we commanded thee not to partake?” The first question, “Who told thee that thou wast naked?”, remains unanswered in the accounts.

    is it not when Adam ate he “”knew”” he was naked

    No, it was when Satan told him and his wife that they were naked. The devil said, “See–you are naked.” He possibly pointed out to them the difference between his clothed self and their naked bodies when he said to them, “See!” which gave to them the contrast they needed to understand what “nakedness” was.

    Eve’s knowledge of good and evil came from her eating of the fruit, while Adam’s came from him eating. Although after she ate of the fruit, she could discern a difference between Satan’s clothed self and her naked body, she probably didn’t yet know what nakedness was because Satan had not, as yet, taught that concept. So, she could see the distinction, but didn’t, yet, know that it was “nakedness.”

    Adam’s partaking had effect on the entire world, while Eve’s partaking had effect on only her. When she partook, it separated her, or cut her off, from Adam, losing her dominion. But because Adam was still free from transgression, world-wide effects did not take place until he, also, lost his dominion, by partaking. In the fallen world they got their dominion back, but it, also, was fallen.

  13. Today it occured to me that it is against God’s nature to give men mutually-exclusive commandments. He doesnt give commandments without preparing a way beforehand. I said to myself “LDSA must have covered this topic somewhere”. And sure enough, you have. Thanks for this post.

  14. This post asserts that Adam made a conscious choice to partake. Why does it say that “parents were beguiled”? Does that not mean that both Eve was beguiled and Adam was beguiled?

    even that old serpent that did beguile our first parents (Mosiah 16:3)

  15. Why does it say that “parents were beguiled”? Does that not mean that both Eve was beguiled and Adam was beguiled?

    Here’s the 1828 dictionary definition of beguiled:

    Deluded; imposed on; misled by craft; eluded by stratagem; passed pleasingly.

    Adam was beguiled by Satan through Eve. He was misled by Satan’s craft, using the woman against him, to impose the need to partake of the fruit against God’s commandment, through the stratagem of the devil.

  16. Let me just point out the flaws in your research and also how I arrived at a different conclusion than yours about the reasons why Adam partook.

    Firsty,
    You assume that “man” is Adam+Eve but you didnt consider one of the definitions of “man” from Webster 1913 which is “the human race”.

    This definition makes perfect sense in the verses you used, viz

    So the Gods went down to organize man in their own image, in the image of the Gods to form they him, male and female to form they them. (Abr. 4:27)

    And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them. (Moses 2:27)

    Here God creates the human race. The human race consists of humans of two kinds: male and female. The words “male and female” are adjectives, it doesnt’s say “a male and a female created I”. Note that both of these verses describe how God created the myriads of his spiritual children in heaven, these verses do *not* describe how 2 beings – Adam and Eve – were physically formed on the Earth.
    So, you mustn’t use this verses to prove that “man” is “Adam+Eve” , because that’s not what “man” means here.

    Secondly,
    You are reading too much into these words of Adam:

    ADAM: Eve, I see that this must be so. I will partake that man may be.

    This doesn’t mean that Adam made a proper analysis of the situation, weighed the pros and cons and then consciously decided to condescend by choosing to fall.

    You have said yourself that

    but neither Adam nor Eve had any concept of what children were, for they were still innocent themselves.

    So, you allow that Adam had no concept in his innocence of what children were, yet he had a concept of what were the spiritual and physical death that was in store for Eve if he didn’t intervene?

    Whence comes the assurance that when Adam said those words he had the correct idea of the consequences of his own fall that you think he contemplated to carry out? Maybe both he and Eve would die that same day before sunset.
    Isnt it more likely that Adam, having been brainwashed by Eve’s arguments (which might have been passed to her in private by Satan) simply agrees with Eve’s fallacious arguments that there is no other way but for him to fall and only then Adam pronounces these words?

    Thirdly,
    I appreciate that you showed in a comment how God doesn’t give contradicting commandments – he prepares for any emergency, whether with Satan or without him, whether with the man falling or without, God can still give people both seed and knowledge of good and evil without them having to disobey.
    Why do you not extend this logic further? Was it not possible for a fallen Eve and unfallen Adam to carry on with God’s plan and keep the 3 commandments you listed. For example, this could be one of the scenarios:

    1) Even with Eve expelled, Adam goes with her into the dreary world in his (Adam’s) unfallen state.

    2) Adam receives the knowledge of good and evil directly from God and not from the fruit of the tree.

    3) Adam receives the knowledge of how to multiply with a fallen Eve.

    Another possible scenario would be for God to expel Eve from the garden, wait for her to die a mortal death, take the rib from the dead Eve, put it back into Adam and then give Adam a different Eve from Adam’s rib.

    So, my conclusion is that Adam fell because he was deceived by Satan. He believed the false narrative of what would happen if he didn’t partake and instead of staying in the garden and waiting for the Father to come and give him a new set of instructions for their fallen/unfallen state, he jumped the gun and made a rash decision.


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