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Could Christ Have Been the One Who Was Supposed to Give the Fruit to Adam and Eve?

Could Christ Have Been the One Who Was Supposed to Give the Fruit to Adam and Eve?

I went to the temple a few weeks back with the Elders Quorum and I asked a few of my friends to ponder a question before they entered the session. 

The question was this: “Did Eve eat the fruit at the right time?”

I got a few weird looks, but everyone was willing to ponder on that question and look for answers.

The Fall and the Garden of Eden story has always perplexed me.

Why did God give Adam and Eve the command to not eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil if he were going to “punish” them for doing so? Do we really think God would give a command that he really wanted broken?

I could never make sense of it. Something never felt right about my understanding of how things played out.

Some things that I do feel comfortable with are the following facts:

  • Adam and Eve needed to multiple and replenish
  • That could not happen in the garden because their bodies were not in a state to allow that to happen
  • Death needed to be introduced to the world and Adam and Eve needed to leave the garden

Did the Fall need to happen?

Yes, but I don’t believe the fall had to be by transgression. I believe that the fall, the introduction of physical and spiritual death, was introduced in the eating of the fruit alone.

Satan came in as a serpent to deceive Adam and Eve (the serpent being a dual symbol for deity and healing, but also for death and destruction.) “Diverse cultural mythologies highlight the contrasting qualities of serpent-like deities. In some traditions they embody protection, wisdom, and healing. While in others, they signify danger and malevolence.” ¹

Satan, as he always does, tries to provide counterfeits and wants to slide and replace Christ, similar to how he wanted to be the Savior of the world when that was Christ’s foreordained role.

What I don’t feel comfortable with is the idea that Satan came in to the garden as a serpent and “tricked” Eve into partaking of the fruit that God had commanded her not to eat, and that somehow this was the way that God had hoped things would actually happen. When God says not to do something and that he forbids it, I trust Him.

Did God know that Satan would be in the garden? Yes. Did God know that he would tempt Adam and Eve and it was a possibility that he would give the fruit to them? Yes. 

Think of it this way: Does God want you to keep all of the commandments? Yes. Did God give the 10 commandments hoping we would break them? No. God did, however, know that we would not be perfect and provided a plan for our rescue if and when we did disobey. But what if we always did obey? Like Christ did. Would we not be fulfilling God’s plan?

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Christ Gives the Fruit

What do I think could have happened? Was there another way? I believe that after Adam and Eve were introduced into the Garden of Eden, they were given time to gain experience and come to a few conclusions. They were first commanded to multiply and replenish, and were then told in Genesis 3:

15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

One interesting thing is that in the Pearl of Great Price Eve actually tells the serpent that God told them not to even touch the fruit.

And the woman said unto the serpent: We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;

But of the fruit of the tree which thou beholdest in the midst of the garden, God hath said—Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

I think God wanted Adam and Eve to have time in the garden to gain experience, and if they had eaten the fruit they would have to leave. I think Satan cut that time in the garden short.

Now, even if Christ had been the one to give Adam and Eve the fruit, they would have had to leave.

But follow me here, Christ would have given them the fruit only after the command to not eat of the fruit had been removed – which I think would have happened.

I think God’s command that they avoid eating or touching the fruit was a temporary command. I believe that God would have come to Adam and Eve at the perfect time to give them further instructions. Those further instructions from God might have sounded something like this.

“Adam, Eve, you’ve been in the garden for a while and might have noticed that you aren’t able to fulfill the first commandment that I gave unto you, which is to multiple and replenish the earth. Staying in this beautiful garden will not fulfil the plan. In order for the plan of God to be realized, you will have to leave the garden and multiple and replenish so that man may be. You are no longer forbidden from eating the fruit, and you may make that choice, but when you do, the fruit will bring physical and spiritual death into the world.”

Let’s Simplify This

Let’s look at this very simple.

This is what God said:

“…of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

This is what Satan said:

“Ye shall not surely die…”

If we look at this at face value, we would see that at this point in time God did not want them eating of the fruit because they would die. Satan did want them eating the fruit and lied and said they would not die.

Summary

Was the fall necessary?

Yes.

What was the fall?

The fall was physical and spiritual death being introduced to the world.

What caused the fall?

Eating the fruit caused the fall, not necessarily the disobeying of God’s command. (In other words, if the command to not eat the fruit had been removed, the fall still would have happened if they ate the fruit because it was the eating of the fruit that initiated the fall.)

Did God want Adam and Eve taking the fruit from Satan?

In my opinion, and I understand it is an opinion, no. But he knew it was a possibility and prepared for that.

What would have been different if Christ had given Adam and Eve the fruit?

There would have been no transgression in the garden of Eden, and potentially some of the curses that came upon Adam and Eve would not have been declared? You can read more about the curses in Genesis 3: 14-19 and Moses 4: 20-25.

What Do You Think?

When we posed this question on social media, we got responses all over the map. From, “You are crazy,” to “That’s interesting, I’m going to ponder on it more.”

Feel free to comment below with your thoughts. I will be sure to respond so I can clarify any things that might have been unclear in the article.

The bottom line with all of this is that we are here on earth now. Satan did give the fruit to Adam and Eve. Christ is the Savior of the world and he overcame the effects of the fall, which was physical and spiritual death entering the word. God’s plans won’t be frustrated. 

Ryan C

Friday 21st of June 2024

I've often pondered on what it might have looked like otherwise if Lucifer had not sort of jumped in. But where I differ from the article is that I don't really see a path where the fruit could be eaten without transgression. I think it's logically designed that way based on how consciousness and intelligence and agency work.

All living things come with instinctual programming in their DNA that allow new born creatures to function at some level. Beyond that the brain is a learning machine. Through experience, the brain pieces together information to make meaning and understanding in reality.

It is believed that synaptic signaling where chemicals and signals transferring between neurons is where memory occurs.

I think Lucifer giving the fruit to Eve is a representation of the initiation of a synaptic connection. The fruit is called the knowledge of good and evil. Prior to partaking of the fruit, Adam and Eve were like babies. No experience, no memory, no building blocks upon which to construct right and wrong. For that to occur, a rule had to be constructed, temptation added, then breaking the rule with consequence to follow. The transgression in the garden is the perfect setup.

Rule: do not eat the fruit. Consequence: You will die. Human brain, no synapses because no experience and no memory. Thus, like little children, doing no wrong nor good. Enter Lucifer. Partake of the fruit. Action taken. Fruit ingested. Now you have a series of synapses by experience connecting and firing. Chemical and electrical signaling. Awareness begins to occur: "by eating of the fruit, I will be cast out". This awakening is called by Lucifer, "your eyes will be opened and you will have knowledge."

It really is quite brilliant. The act of partaking of the fruit created the first synaptic stored memory of an experience of right/wrong, consequence. The very first intonation of knowledge. And away we go!

Bonny

Thursday 20th of June 2024

I find your hypothesis regarding Jesus Christ as the true giver of the fruit of knowledge to Adam and Eve to be a thoughtful possibility. I have considered over the years of my life-long membership in our Church in this way: That our Heavenly Father and our Heavenly Mother and Jesus Christ came to Adam and Eve to present them fully with the Plan and the Purpose for all that was to be accomplished with the choice of partaking of the fruit. I feel that the "fruit" introduced through symbolism, a literal and physical change in the body chemistry of not only Adam and Eve to enable their bodies to bear children. / As the scriptures and our temple instruction teach us, the biological flora and fauna of the earth had already been created to bear forth, "each after their own kind," prior to what it termed to be " the Fall." To me, our Heavenly Father, who loves us, had a more encompassing "term," for the changes that would occur with our bodies and our choices than " the Fall." A term that I feel has been used throughout earthly existence to paint Eve and all women as being somehow evil for tempting men to become parents and the falsehood and travesty that innocent babies and children are all " born from the original sin." They are NOT, Adam and Eve were married by Heavenly Father when they were cast out into the world, to form the first family on the earth. I am sharing a portion of my thought-processes regarding Adam and Eve, as our first parents on the earth with care and hope and love that I feel our Heavenly Father desired for all of to have, ideally, even if that is not what earthly life ultimately turn out to be, as we strive to undergo and to journey to completion our sojourn upon the mortal world. Please share your own thoughts, I would enjoy knowing of yours as well

Betty

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

I joined the church while in college years ago, and wondered what the "further instructions" were going to be that God promised to Adam and Eve? I'd received the insight that there was "another way" than the one Satan proposed. I assumed explaining the "forbidden fruit" and it's purposes was God's role that was usurped by Satan, hence his severe consequence. I had not yet resolved the issue that God had forbidden it for Adam and Eve until reading your thoughts of timing, and the authority of God to give and retract his commands. It seems the ability to wait for the further light and knowledge that God promises to send is a hard won discipline for all of us. Thank you for sharing your "opinion". It has enlarged my understanding. :-)

Christina

Tuesday 11th of June 2024

As a teenager and young adult, I basically thought along the lines that you have shared. Everyone told me to just wait until I went to the temple, and then I would see that I was mistaken. After receiving my endowment, I was like “my idea could totally fit with the temple.” As you say, it is just an opinion, but one that seems to be shared with C. S. Lewis if you have ever read “Perelandra.”

Michael

Thursday 16th of May 2024

I think that is a very interesting point I work in the temple and quite often have been in the endowment session it would've different if Jesus would have been the one to give the fruit and if would have not been a broken commandment.