By Daron D. Fraley
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The story of Adam and Eve is no fairy tale, but is in reality one of the greatest stories of family and of love ever told. All persons who have lived on this earth share Adam and Eve as common ancestors. The story of their creation is told in several places in the holy scriptures.
On the sixth day, or period, of creation, after the earth had been formed and filled with plants and animals, God declared:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Genesis 1:26).
Adam was created first, and then Eve:
And I, the Lord God, caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and he slept, and I took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in the stead thereof; And the rib which I, the Lord God, had taken from man, made I a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said: This I know now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be done flesh (Moses 3:21-24).
God then blessed Adam and Eve and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. He gave them dominion over all the earth, and He planted a garden.
And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:8-9).
This wonderful garden was the home God had created for Adam and Eve. We do not know how long they lived there, but we do know from scriptural accounts that while they were in the Garden of Eden, they walked and talked with God, receiving both instructions and blessings from Him.
Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. And since Adam and Eve were our first parents, we are also in the image of God. We can be assured of His love for us, because ultimately, He is our Father too.
But even with the scriptural accounts that tell us about the story of Adam and Eve, the debate over the origins of the earth has raged for centuries, seemingly placing the teachings of science and religion at odds with one another. Science brings forth evidence that the earth is billions of years old. Religious traditions claim that the earth was created in six days, with Adam and Eve being God’s crowning creative achievements.
Can the Story of Adam and Eve Be True?
Henry Eyring, the discoverer of the absolute reaction rate formula in chemistry, said this:
The Lord made the world in some wonderful way that I can at best only dimly comprehend. It seems to me sacrilegious to presume that I really understand him and know just how he did it. He can only tell me in figurative speech that I can dimly understand, but that I expect to more completely comprehend in the eternities to come.( , 57).
Henry Eyring also stated:
Some have asked me, Is there any conflict between science and religion?’ , but often there is conflict in the minds of men (8).
Much like Henry Eyring, millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have faith that the scriptural accounts of the creation of Adam and Eve are true. Whether the creation occurred in six days, or six creative periods, or in six million years, there is no contradiction with science, since God is the creator of the universe and He operates within the laws that He established.
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