Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Thoughts on the Fall

Jardan and I were reading scriptures, and I've always been confused (to say the least) about what the Lord said after the fall. As we were reading, it started to make more sense to me. Here's Moses 4:22-25
22 Unto the woman, I, the Lord God, said: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
23 And unto Adam, I, the Lord God, said: Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the fruit of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying—Thou shalt not eat of it, acursed shall be the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
24 Thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
25 By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou shalt return unto the ground—for thou shalt surely die—for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou wast, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Vs. 23-25 are all direct consequences of the fall, of the earth becoming imperfect (thorns and thistles coming) and also death is a direct consequence of the fall. These things don’t seem to be just punishments the Lord decided to hand out and things that He decided to do because they disobeyed him, but seem to be DIRECTLY the natural result of the earth and humans become imperfect and mortal. So, it would stand to reason that vs. 22 is the same. Because women’s bodies are now imperfect, having children will not be easy. Pregnancy is difficult. Giving birth is painful, it hurts, and it can cause death. Babies also die in the process . These are direct consequences of becoming mortal. It also stands to reason, then, that the last part of the verse—they desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee—is a direct consequence of the imperfection of people. Men are stronger than women, they are bigger, and also now imperfect so (and obviously women do this too, but because men are stronger it’s more so) they will now be trying to gain power over women and over each other. After the fall, women were oppressed. Men did rule and women have been oppressed (often brutally) throughout history. This is a result of the fall—that those who are carnal will try to rule over their wives and gain power generally over women. I don’t think this is a commandment—I don’t think it’s the Lord telling her to let Adam and other men rule over her, or telling Adam and other men to rule over women, I think it’s the Lord saying that now this is what’s generally going to happen because people are imperfect.

I know this sounds awfully pessimistic, but it's not to say this is always the case. This can happen with men or women, but like I said men have historically been stronger and have oppressed women. Those who are righteous, though--whether men or women, do not try to oppress others. ...Just a thought...


RonElaine said...

good thoughts, Aubs...I'm headed to the temple (twice in 2 days) and this will be good brain food - thanks!

Jannie said...

Yeah, thanks for the brain food :) I get my craft ideas various places...mostly online at different two favorite websites are probably:

Anyways, good luck with school starting!