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Question: What changes have been made to the ''Gospel Principles'' manual regarding the question of death on the earth before the Fall of Adam?
Question: What changes have been made to the Gospel Principles manual regarding the question of death on the earth before the Fall of Adam?
A comparison of the 1979 Gospel Principles manual with the current edition
It is interesting to note how the Church has modified the wording of the Gospel Principles manual.
|1979 Gospel Principles||2014 Gospel Principles||Comment|
|Adam and Eve were foreordained to become the parents of the human race.||Adam and Eve were foreordained to become our first parents.||Instead of being the "parents of the human race," Adam and Eve are now "our first parents." We are only concerned with Adam.|
|She was called Eve because she was the mother of all living (see Moses 4:26)||Eve was “the mother of all living” (Moses 4:26)||The phrase "mother of all living" is now in quotes to indicate a direct quote from Moses 4:26.|
|She was given to Adam because God said "that is was not good that man should be alone."||God brought Adam and Eve together in marriage because “it was not good that the man should be alone.”|
|When Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden, they were not yet mortal. They were not able to have children. There was no death.||When Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden, they were not yet mortal. In this state, “they would have had no children” (2 Nephi 2:23). There was no death.||Again, the text is changed to indicate that scripture is being quoted. The original statement that they "were not able to have children" is changed to the scriptural statement that they "would have had no children." The specific reason why they would not have had children is not indicated, whereas previously it was stated that they were incapable of having children in their "pre-Fall" state.|
|God commanded them to have children and learn to control the earth.||God commanded them to have children.||The assumption that Adam and Eve were in "control" of the entire earth has been completely removed.|
|Because Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Lord sent them out of the Garden of Eden into the world as we now know it.||Because Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Lord sent them out of the Garden of Eden into the world.||The assumption that the world outside the garden was "as we now know it" has been completely removed.|