Sunday, June 9, 2013

2 Nephi 2:22-25

"And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.
But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."
2 Nephi 2:22-25

This really shows the dedication that God has to our education, and also to our free agency.  God could have left us in a state of innocence, but he designed something better.  He gave us bad choices that tasted good and good choices that tasted bad... he challenged us, taught us, and led us into something better.  Where we *can* know joy, and goodness, and appreciate the blessings that they are, because we know the difference between good and evil and can see both sides.  And although I am sure that on our bad days we might wish that we could crawl back into the cocoon and not be aware of any of it... the people that we can be, even though it takes some effort, are so much better than being unaware of it all.  We think if it as blissful ignorance, but it couldn't be blissful, since there was nothing to compare it to.  It was just... there.  Kind of like when we're young and we say that we're bored... not understanding at all how utterly sweet it is to have a few hours to yourself when you are older and have so many more things pulling on your time.
God, who is wise and knows all things, put us here for a reason.  We can't go back to the Garden of Eden and not know the difference between good and evil again.  But because we know the difference, we can grow to be so much more than the Garden would ever have allowed.  We can choose so much, and create so much... make our own gardens, and our own lives, and experience joy beyond anything we can imagine.  *Because* God wanted us to be people, not pets.
Today, let's rejoice in our opportunity to make choices and to reach our limitless potential.  We know the difference between Good and Evil.  Let's get out there and choose some good. :)

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