Brennen's Blog


I am struck this week by a point of doctrine covered in Book of Mormon class this week dealing with the Fall, capital “F”. The aforementioned Fall being the Fall of Adam and Eve, not the season of Autumn. In 2 Nephi 2:15 it reads

And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.

As a member of the LDS church, I have covered this topic many times. I always thought that the tree that would surely cause death would be bitter. Death is bitter; life is sweet. But, thinking about it anew, the truth is likely the opposite. The trees are mentioned in a parallel structure, first the forbidden fruit, and then the tree of life. Followed by sweet, and then bitter. If you match up the pairs in parallel structure, the forbidden fruit is sweet, while the fruit that brings eternal life is bitter.

The Fall was a neccisary part of the Plan of Salvation. The forbidden fruit was sweet because it was the appointed time for the Fall. The fruit of the tree of life was bitter because it was still growing. It was not yet ripe and ready to eat.

It is important to keep in mind the eternal nature of the Fall. It was neccisary for Adam and Eve to have children, for us to be born, and for us to return to our Father in heaven.