I feel that I pretty much understand our beliefs about the Garden of Eden. The temple helps clear up some areas that the scriptures tend to be a bit vague about.
What I don’t get it the rationale behind other church’s beleifs.
My understanding is that they believe that if Adam and Eve hadn’t eaten the fruit then we all would have been born and be living in this beautiful garden with no sin. Sounds great, lots of food and oh yeah, naked women running around all over. Opps strike that last part. A beautiful world and life to enjoy.
Anyway, to me they haven’t thought this thru at all. If Adam and Eve hadn’t eaten, then what about Cain, or Abel, or their wives, or someone else. What would have prevented one of them from partaking of the forbidden fruit? The more children the more people there would have been to have given into the temptation. Surely someone would have finally done it!
If someone besides Adam and Eve partook of the fruit, what would have happened? Bad things for them and their offspring? What bad things and how would that have affected everyone else? Seems to me it would have screwed things up pretty good.
Next time I have an opportunity to ask a non-member friend about this I’m going to…I wish I knew a “Born Again” minister I could ask.