I have recently been studying the fall of Adam, and have been pondering this subject i often hear repeated about two opposing commandments. There is no reference to it at all in the standard works, and preach my gospel is silent on the matter, i reference those two because they are the foundational doctrines of the church. i have tried multiple searches in LDS.org, and looked in several teaching and student manuals, only to find this subject absent. So i would like to know where the idea came from. the more i ponder upon the subject, the more i realize or feel, there was no opposition in commandment for God does not give commandments we cannot keep, it is contrary to his nature. there have been times when he gives seemingly contrary commands that are sorted out as His designs unfold, for example abraham. we cannot say that the will of God is filled in all things, but only really that his purposes are completed, most of the time in spite of us, for sin is not according to his will, and it happens all the time.We know from modern revelation that God had planned to return to the garden with further instruction for adam and eve, but they had partaken of the fruit before that time had come. We read that eve was deceived (and she was) just as you and I, that she came to the man, and he took willingly, realizing that should he not, he could not bring to pass the next commandment, for he would be separated from his spouse. rather than look at the fall as a transgression or from that perspective (though i in no way deny that it was, for they indeed broke the commandment of God) I have come to think of the fall as any other "fall". we do not always need to break a commandment to fall. There are certain law that have consequences. if i eat a poisons berry, i will most likely die or get sick. but mother never told me not to eat it, so when i ate it, i was not in violation of any commandment, for mother had said nothing, yet i am still going to to get sick, or even die, because of the law that says if i take in poison to my body, it will harm it. even if God had not commanded the couple to eat of the tree, had they eaten, they would have fallen. Why? because the food was not fit for their bodies, and it changed their bodies into something not like God's, and therefore had to be removed from His presence, for they were no longer like him. It ultimately was the fruit that moralized adam and eve, and made them corruptible and susceptible to sin. The Opposition part of all this is simply God and Satan, Tree of Life to Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Good and Bad. Satan was allowed to tempt our parents, thereby putting them in a position to learn. That is what gave them agency. Good and evil already were in the world before the fall. Sin is not a requirement to enter the Celestial Kingdom, Christ proved that, for he was without sin. But he was tested, tried, placed in between good and evil, as were adam and eve, and as we are. anyway, theres a few of my ideas about the fall, but if anyone knows of any quotes or discourses specifically about the opposing commandments idea from apostles or prophets, id be interested in taking a gander.
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