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He could converse. There were many things he could be taught and was taught; but under the conditions in which he was living at that time it was impossible for him to visualize or understand the power of good and evil. He did not know what pain was.
He did not know what sorrow was; and a thousand other things that have come to us in this life that Adam did not know in the Garden of Eden and could not understand and would not have known had he remained there. That was his status before the fall. He told the truth in telling that, but he accompanied it with a lie as he always does. He never tells the complete truth. He said that they should not die. The Father had said that they should die. The devil had to tell a lie in order to accomplish his purposes; but there was some truth in his statement.
Their eyes were opened. They had a knowledge of good and evil just as the Gods have. The accounts in both Moses and Genesis state only that Satan approached Eve, but latter-day revelation records that he first approached Adam and was refused. Eve, however, was deceived by Satan and partook. Knowing that she would be driven out and separated from him, Adam then partook. Talmage explained how, even in her being deceived, Eve still brought about the purposes of the Lord:.
Talmage said:. Such a doctrine is an abomination.
These bodies that are given unto us are given in the way that God has provided. Since Satan has no body and therefore can have no literal children, his seed are those who follow him, both the one-third he led away in the premortal existence and those who follow his enticements in mortality until they come under his power. The seed of the woman refers to Jesus Christ, who was the only mortal born of an earthly mother and a Heavenly Father. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. The promise concerning the bruising of the heel and head means that while Satan as the serpent will bruise the heel of the Savior by leading men to crucify Him and seemingly destroy Him, in actuality that very act of Atonement will give Christ the power to overcome the power that Satan has over men and undo the effects of the Fall.
Thus, the seed of the woman Christ shall crush the head of the serpent Satan and his kingdom with the very heel that was bruised the atoning sacrifice. It would mean much the same, except I think there is great gladness in most Latter-day Saint homes when there is to be a child there. I have a question about the word rule. It gives the wrong impression. A righteous husband presides over his wife and family. Adam and Eve made all things known unto their sons and daughters.
THE CANON OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
They had been condemned to sorrows, woes, troubles, and labor and they were cast out from the presence of God, and death had been declared to be their fate. A pathetic picture, indeed. But now a most important thing happened. Adam and Eve had explained to them the gospel of Jesus Christ. What would be their reaction? If we cannot be good, except as we resist and overcome evil, then evil must be present to be resisted.
All these that I have named to you that seem to be sad inflictions of punishment, sorrow, and trouble are in the end not that. They are blessings. We have attained a knowledge of good and evil, the power to prize the sweet, to become agents unto ourselves, the power to obtain redemption and eternal life. These things had their origin in this transgression. Morris, in Conference Report, Apr. The spiritual death came at the time of the fall and banishment; and the seeds of the temporal death were also sown at that same time; that is, a physical change came over Adam and Eve, who became mortal, and were thus subject to the ills of the flesh which resulted in their gradual decline to old age and finally the separation of the spirit from the body.
Many people of the world teach that physical death has always been here and therefore could not have begun with Adam and Eve. President Joseph Fielding Smith commented regarding this idea:. Here, say they, death and mutation have always held sway as natural conditions on this earth and everywhere throughout the universe the same laws obtain. Every New Testament author quotes or alludes to Genesis. The New Testament has a total of 60 allusions to Genesis 1—11 specifically, and when we widen the search to include all of Genesis, the number grows to For such a tiny body of literature, the New Testament has a staggering amount of references back to Genesis see the list below.
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But simply giving a list of references to Genesis proves nothing— we must look at how the New Testament authors used Genesis in order to discern their view. He uses it both to explain doctrine and to draw historical analogies. An example of the former use is in Matthew —22 parallels in Mark —17 and Luke —36 where the Pharisees and Herodians questioned Him about taxes.
Jesus is referring back to Genesis —27 :. Of course, if humanity had not actually been made in the image of God like Genesis teaches, the whole precedent would fall apart. When asked to weigh in, Jesus essentially goes beyond the Law back to creation and quotes Genesis and to establish that God made man male and female and intended marriage to be between a man and a woman for life.
The Pharisees ask why Moses commanded that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce to send her away. Jesus retorts that Moses allowed never commanded divorce because of rebellion hardness of heart. But divorce violates the will of God which is expressed in the created order itself, and that overrides even the Law. See also Jesus on the age of the earth.
Often Jesus compares the people in His own day to people from Genesis. And He predicted that the end days would be like the days of Noah and of Lot—destruction would come swiftly and without warning Luke — In every case, there is no hint that Jesus is taking these events in less than a historical manner. Luke was a consummate historian, and his Gospel gives us more precise chronological details than any other one. There is absolutely no evidence that Luke takes the earliest ancestors to be less historical than the more recent ones; his inclusion of Adam to Abraham in the genealogy affirms the historicity of those characters, and identifies Christ as related to all of humanity.
When the apostles and earliest Christians preached to a Jewish audience, they preached from the foundation of the Jewish Scriptures; Jewish history and the Abrahamic and Davidic promises are prominent Acts —41; — But when they preached to Gentiles who did not have this background in the Jewish Scriptures, they went back to creation as a foundation for their preaching Acts —17; — They take creation and the ancestry of all men from Adam to be historical v. Creation and the Fall are woven into the entire theology of Romans.
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The Gentile is condemned because of idolatry and immorality, and the Jew is condemned because of failure to perfectly keep the Law, which was always intended only to multiply transgressions, never to save. Paul explains that Jesus was an atoning sacrifice for sin. But when Paul is explaining how the sacrifice of one man can make many righteous, he goes back to Genesis , and reasons that since death came through a man, Adam, it follows that the gift of righteousness should also come through one man, Christ — But only historical people and historical actions can have real world consequences.
A mythical Adam whose disobedience is only an allegory for human sinfulness cannot be a type of Christ. Commentators on Romans, regardless of their view of Genesis, agree that Paul believed that it was God who subjected creation to futility at the Fall. The letters to the Corinthian church are good examples of how Paul used Scripture when he was writing to Gentile churches. It is no surprise that Paul refers back to the created order many times. The Corinthian believers are to refrain from sexual immorality because it is improper to join part of the body of Christ to a prostitute 1 Corinthians — His sole reference to Scripture in support of his argument is a quote of Genesis Regarding the issue of head coverings in worship, apparently unconnected to creation, Paul cites the created order—man was created first, and then woman—in defense of his ruling that men should pray and prophesy with their heads uncovered and women 9 should pray and prophesy with their heads covered.
Because believers are under Christ, believers will also rise. Again, the state of humanity is said to stem from the historical actions of actual people which actually affect those who come after them. And Paul is using this sort of argument to defend one of the cardinal dogmas of the Christian faith, the resurrection , without which Paul says we are without hope! This is reiterated in all sorts of contexts, with practical bearing on how the Church conducts itself. The book of the Hebrews is written to Jewish Christians who are facing social pressure to renounce their faith and return to Judaism.
The author refers to Jesus as a high priest, interceding before the Father for us. But Jesus was from the tribe of Judah, not the priestly tribe of Levi, and certainly not from the line of Aaron, through whom all the high priests of the Levitical order had to come. The author insists that Jesus is the high priest of a new order, which was brought about by the new law.
Hebrews 11 lists Abel, Enoch, and Noah, from Genesis 1—11 , as heroes of the faith without distinguishing them as less historical than the other members of the list. In 1 Peter he affirms that eight people were saved in the ark, and in 2 Peter he says that sinning angels were sent to Tartarus in close connection with the Flood as a judgment for ungodliness on the earth and saving Noah and his family in the ark.
He also affirms that the earth was formed out of water, and was destroyed by water. Jude is widely regarded as being very close to 2 Peter, and this one-chapter book has four references to Genesis. The interpretation of Revelation is notoriously difficult, and end-times scenarios are a point of debate among even otherwise like-minded Christians.
But while Revelation may pose unique difficulties of interpretation, it also gives us some important references to Genesis. But more importantly, the New Jerusalem is filled with Edenic imagery—the Tree of Life, river, and the continual presence of God in the New Jerusalem mark, if not a return to Eden, a restoration of redeemed humanity to unfettered access to and fellowship with God.
There is no more curse and no more sin in the New Jerusalem—humanity and creation is returned to an unfallen state. It would require a book-length study to examine all the New Testament references in the depth that they deserve, but this brief overview should show how important a historical view of Genesis is for New Testament interpretation. It should also be noted that simply giving references to Genesis does not give the full picture—there are many doctrines which make no sense apart from their foundation in Genesis , and much of the New Testament teaching makes no sense unless one assumes that foundation.
This list shows New Testament references by allusion or quotation to Genesis.