Adam and Eve were innocent before the Fall, in which they had choice, but not agency. For agency is the ability to do good, under the knowledge of good and evil. They used their choice to chose to be given agency, by surcombing to the Fall. But there had to be an opposition to the Fall to allow this to take place, and for mankind to be given the opportunity to be reconciled with the Father. Only Jesus could do this. He is the perpetuation of the plan of God for man. It was God’s holy will to offer up His Son, and to swallow up sin, via the bitter cup (literally speaking). But he shank not, and drank the utter dregs, finishing His preparations for man, as was His father’s will.
Before this time in Adam and Eve’s innocents, there could be no good, for there was no evil. See 2 Nephi 2:11 below.
11 It must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. (2 Nephi 2:11)
Adam and Eve chose to trust in the feelings they had, and in their redeemer, without fully knowing the import of their decision’s outcome. It was a well thought out, as well as well felt out decision, relying on the feelings of their hearts and spirits, which helped them to ultimately make their choice.
God knew that they would eventually come to the point where they would realize that they needed more to help them grow, in which they would choose to and need the Lord’s saving atonement. This is why a redeemer was chosen and prepared from before the foundations of the earth.
The Fall, or Adam’s transgression, is a spiritual death because Adam and Eve were separated from the presence of God and given agency to act for themselves and not to be acted upon. See 2 Nephi 2:26
They were also given the great power of procreation, so that they could keep the commandment to multiply, and replenish the earth and have joy in their posterity. See Genisis 1:28
In this new state, God gave them the bodily change to have children. This is so because God gave them the commandment to multiply, and He always provides a way to obey Him.
If it were possible for them to have had children before the Fall, God would have had no purpose in the Earth for our mortal test period of probation.
We needed death in both the separation from God spiritually, as well as our death physically, for us to progress onward to become like Him. This is why resurrection is so important. We need to be tried, reproved and repent, in order grow up to become like Him, even as a child can grow up to be like their parents.
God had to create Adam and Eve in innocence, and give them the commandments He did, for God is a God of righteousness, and cannot create a state of sin or Fall.
It is an eternal principle that to everything good there is a little bad, and to everything bad there is a little good. This is why out of all the trees in the garden of Eden (which is our Earth’s real mortal name), there was only one poisened tree, which was the fig tree (which has changed over the years now from being what it once was in the beginning).
- The principle of perfection
Because it is not within Heavenly Father’s nature to do or introduce error, He had to say to them, Do not eat, or you shall surely die, all of which is true. Yet, He also wanted us to become like Him. In doing so we would have to walk where He has walked, do as He has done, and follow the course He has gone.
See Teachings of the Presidents of the Church- Joseph Smith, pg 41 below.
God Himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make Himself visible,—I say, if you were to see Him today, you would see Him like a man in form—like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man. (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church – Joseph Smith, pg 41)
Now, speaking of God’s plan, the adversary is very much a part of it. We need opposition to permit, or rather give us permission to grow. This need is stated in the afore mentioned scripture in 2 Nephi 2:11, that there must be an opposition in all things.
Because the Lord took on all sins, and the source from which they spring, He also takes the ones from which they spring. Yes, somewhere, sometime, in the great eons of the eternal lives and onward, the ultimate prodigal son will, having burned and purged clean in the lake of fire and brimstone of outter darkness, come to himself, and begin his long trek home. For God is a perfect God with perfect love, and a perfect plan, and He will not lose any of His children.
So, is there hope for the rest of us? Definitely!