The Fall of Man
What does the Bible teach about the Fall of Man?
The Bible teaches that Adam committed the original sin. This sin was the worst and most catastrophic event in the history of the world. As a result, all of creation was cursed.
Just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people
What Bible Verses should you share with a Mormon?
Some Bible passages communicate better than others to Mormons. Our booklet provides 14 practical examples along with ways to explain them that clearly convey God's truth to Mormons.
What does Mormonism teach about the Fall of Man?
Mormonism teaches that Adam and Eve’s fall was a necessary part of God’s plan resulting in great blessings for man — physical bodies, the right to choose between good and evil, the ability to have children, and the opportunity to gain eternal life. In Mormonism, Adam fell that man might have joy.
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.
24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
2 Nephi 2:22-25 (Book of Mormon)
Why this Matters
From a human perspective, eating a piece of fruit doesn’t seem serious — at least not serious enough to bring sin and death to the entire human race!
That is why this story is so valuable. It reveals that the human perspective is wrong. It exposes the deadly nature of all sin. It underscores there are no harmless or minor sins. Sins are not simple mistakes. Every sin is an act of disrespect and rebellion against God. So much so that even one sin makes people guilty of breaking all of God’s commandments.
Nothing good resulted from the Fall. At the Fall, however, something good happened. God did not abandon humankind. Instead, he sought them out and provided for them. He gave them hope by giving them a promise of a Savior.
Was the Fall a Good Thing?
Mormonism teaches an upward fall of Adam and Eve that was glorious and courageous. This is a drastic difference from the downward fall described in the Bible.
The fall was the worst and most catastrophic event in the history of the world.
The fall was a good thing. It resulted in great blessings for man.