Why Did Adam Need to Fall?

Why Did Adam Need to Fall?

In Genesis, we read the account of Adam and Eve, the first of God’s children to receive human flesh. We all know the story. What many may not fully understand is why Adam fell. You may be thinking, “We couldn’t have been born if he didn’t eat the fruit.” That’s a good start, because that is important, but there’s more to it than that.

Why Did Adam Need to Fall?

The pillars of eternity, as Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1981) put it, are “the creation, the fall, and the atonement. . . [and] without any one of them all things would lose their purpose and meaning, and the plans and designs of Deity would come to naught.” Without the fall, no atonement could be made and Christ could not come. We could not come and receive bodies and learn, grow, and die and all men would remain in a “lost and. . . fallen state.” (1 Nephi 10:6).

The Fall of Adam

We must understand the fall in order to appreciate the atonement. While the act was as simple as eating, the effect is as complicated as life and death. In 2 Nephi 2:5-9, Lehi teaches that “by the law men are cut off,” but that “redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah” and “he shall make intercession for all the children of men.” The fall and atonement are inseparably connected, neither is one without the other. (McConkie, 1981). The natural nature of the fall is eternally contrasted by the atonement; one takes away hope of seeing God and one provides a means by which all men can be saved.

The Atonement of Christ

Without Christ’s atoning sacrifice, men would remain “carnal, sensual, and devilish, by nature” (Alma 42:10) and “cut off from the presence of the Lord” (2 Nephi 9:6) because of the fall. We would be miserable without the hope of redemption and be “subject to. . .the devil, to rise no more.” (2 Nephi 9:8). Eternal damnation does not sound pleasant, nor should it. It is much better for us to glory in God and seek to become perfect through Christ, even “as [our] Father who is in Heaven is perfect.” (3 Nephi 12:48, see also Matthew 5:48).

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