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Life Isn’t Fair

April 25th, 2011 by Adam G.

Yesterday at church the speaker reminded us that the fall is our inheritance from Adam, on good scriptural authority.

That is to say, Mormons believe in original sin, we just happen to believe that Christ atones for it for all.

It’s not fair to punish the children for the sins of their fathers, no doubt. Any more than it is fair to make Christ atone for those inherited sins.

But inheritance is relationship. If we didn’t inherit anything from Adam, we wouldn’t be bound to him in anyway. And Christ’s act binds us to him.

As Mosiah understood, fairness–justice–leaves us alone, miserable, and even uncreated.

Thank God that life is unfair.

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April 25th, 2011 07:44:10
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psychochemiker
April 25, 2011

I think it is a very important point to make: Mormons do believe that without Jesus’ atonement there would be original sin. There’s a scripture in the PoGP that says because of Jesus’ atonement, original sin has fled, and too many Mormons, and Mormon leaders incorrectly, and ascripturally assert “We don’t believe in original sin.”

Moses 6:54 Hence came the saying abroad among the people, that the Son of God hath atoned for original guilt, wherein the sins of the parents cannot be answered upon the heads of the children, for they are whole from the foundation of the world.

A more accurate statement would be, “We do not believe that original sin exists anymore because it was eradicated by Jesus atonement.”

God be thanked for the glorious gift of His holy Son.


Vader
April 25, 2011

This ties into the Mormon view of Adam. We see him as a basically noble soul who helped bring about God’s intent by voluntarily surrendering himself to a state of helplessness in bondage to sin. It kind of ties to Adam’s (heh) earlier post on Christ, the second Adam, voluntarily surrendering himself to the consequences of bondage to sin, to break sin’s hold on us all.

This is very different from the typical creedal view, that Adam did something contrary to God’s will or, if not really contrary to God’s will, then nonetheless entirely depraved. Thus making all his descendants entirely depraved.

In backing vigorously away from this incorrect view, we sometimes risk backing over a cliff of our own.


Martin
April 26, 2011

I agree with everything Vader said, and I wonder if we might not back over yet another cliff when we claim Adam had to disobey God by partaking of the fruit. This is doctrine I’ve heard from seminary on up, and the way it’s discussed in the Book of Mormon seems to encourage this interpretation. However, it doesn’t feel right to me. I just don’t see how disobeying God can ever be the right thing to do. Seems to me Adam should have waited for further instructions before following Eve’s example. Somebody’s undoubtedly already done a post on this somewhere.

Anyway, I like the inheritance/fairness dichotomy Adam brought up.


Adam Greenwood
April 26, 2011

In backing vigorously away from this incorrect view, we sometimes risk backing over a cliff of our own.

I think it was Martin Luther who said we’re at greatest risk of falling off the left side of a horse when we’ve just fallen off the right.

Martin,
I believe that Mormons are far to ready to think that we have complete explanations for mythic events like the Fall and the Atonement. I also agree that many Mormons have probably gone too far in trying to take the shades of grey out of Adam and Eve’s choice.
That said, I’ve taken my own stab at one possible explanation for the two commandments Adam and Eve had in the garden:
http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2008/02/why-did-god-give-contradictory-commandments/
In essence, I argue that subjecting oneself to evil is evil even if its the only way to truly know good and evil and thus progress. I acknowledge, however, hints in certain scriptures and certain places that maybe breaking the commandment wasn’t necessary. How that could be I don’t know.


Vader
April 26, 2011

I think we need to be careful about any explanation that makes Adam or Eve out to be uniquely sinful or depraved.

If Eve had told Satan to take a hike, was there a Plan B? I don’t know for sure. I don’t know if the question is even meaningful when applied to an event that God was entirely capable of foreseeing.

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