Life Before Life: Here By Chance? Not a Chance! [Video & Transcript]
Life Before Life: Here By Chance? Not a Chance!
Ever say, “I think I know you from somewhere” when you’ve met someone familiar only to realize you haven’t met in this life and it’s definitely not that they just remind you of someone else? Ever felt a connection to someone who is a close friend that picked up so quickly that it seemed there’d been another chapter in that story with you two written before meeting here? Those are common feelings.. Well, we’ll talk about why in this short cast.
Did we live before? Let’s start with what the polls show about belief in life after? And work backwards…
So, Gallup polls show that more than 90% of Americans (and close figures exist for other parts of the world) profess a belief in God or some higher power and that between 70 and 80 percent believe there is a spirit or soul in human beings that continues after the physical death of the body (see Gallup and Lindsay, Surveying the Religious Landscape, Morehouse Publishing, 1999).
So, the natural question, is: Where did that soul which most of us acknowledge, come from? If we are spiritual beings, where did our spirits originate? Did they flair into being at birth or conception? Have a spiritual beginning? Come from a spiritual home? Familiarity and frequent feelings seem to come to us here, suggesting there is more than the present, more than the future, but what of the past.
I’m here to say that those inklings we talked about at the beginning of this cast are purposed and there is revealed truth on this subject, so we don’t need to be in the dark. But it’s not generally understood even in Christian circles at large. So I’m going to share it here!
You Are Literally God’s Spirit Child–a Literal Son or Daughter of God
The great news is that we are not here in a vacuum-to be and cease to be-nor are we here from scum or slum or a big bang alone. We pre-date this life and have lived in God’s presence previously, for lengthy period of time, growing up to a point of readiness to jump into a body and come to earth to gain additional needed experience. We will return home. We aren’t going to be recycled as another animal or person. We are who we are who we are. We will become better and more glorious if we follow Christ but our intelligences are eternal. Thank goodness for the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These truths, I testify, were lost but are now restored.
The great news is that God is our Heavenly Father literally created us. We are literally the offspring of God. Our spirits are made of refined matter –invisible to our eyes. Our spirits are in the same shape as our bodies and contain or represent our intelligence, personality, all that we are.
In other words, we were literally begotten and born of heavenly parents and reared to maturity in their presence, in a pre mortal life, before coming to earth to gain an earthly body! This is what Paul meant when he said, “We are the offspring of God” (Acts 17:27-29) and when he calls Jesus “the firstborn of many brethren” (Romans 8:29). Heavenly Father begat all the spirits that ever were or will be, upon this earth, an they were born spirits in the pre-mortal life! That means, too, that along with a Heavenly Father, we have a Heavenly Mother. I love this stanza about that:
In the heavens, are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare
Truth is reason: Truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there
We are created in their image, and have the potential to become like them.
This is really amazing news–a wonderful realization that pours a flood of light on the question of our origin and that fills in the missing piece in the questions asked in that Gallop pole, doesn’t it?
Apostasy: Lost Truths about Purpose of Life, God the Father, & Jesus Christ
In case you’re wondering why you haven’t heard this before, there is much doctrine that has been lost to the world since the falling away or apostasy from truth, but it has been restored to this earth. See our cast, “Which Church is True: One Boy’s Remarkable Search” for more information on that point. But some remnants remained and were recorded in the Bible, much more has come forth in our day, through God speaking again and affirming things lost.
Moses, for example, spoke of God as the “God of the spirits of all flesh” (Numbers 16:22, 27:16) Asaph also said, “…and all of you are children of the Most High” (Psalm 82:6). There is much in scripture about Jesus’ pre-mortal existence and the war in heaven. All of this involved not only the Savior but all of God’s children, including you and I.
The fact that you are here means that you chose to come and accept the plan of happiness God has for you. We hope this will encourage you to return and learn more about that plan. The first part of the plan, then, was our life pre-mortally, as individuals, growing up together in the presence of God.
So, we are actually in the second phase of our existence. At birth, our spirit combines with a body to form our soul.
Our pre–dispositions are just that, attitudes and abilities that we to some extent may have developed before this life and then acted upon here on earth.
This means that when it comes to our being on this earth, born into families, we are not here randomly.
It also means that you and I are not here by chance. Not a chance!
This doctrine gives us more of a sense of who we really are. We were actually foreordained to do certain things, to fill certain missions here.
The Veil Between Life on Earth and Pre-Mortal Life, Life Before Life
A veil covers our memories of our premortal life our Father in Heaven knows who we are and what we did before we came here. You were well acquainted with Him. You lived for a long time in His presence. He chose the time and place for each of us to be born so we can learn the lessons we personally need and do the most good with out individual talents and personalities.
God knew that we could not progress beyond a certain point unless we left His immediate presence for a time. Our spirits needed to be clothed with physical bodies. We would leave those bodies at death and reunite with them in the Resurrection. Then we would receive bodies like that of our Heavenly Father and if we passed our tests with His help we would receive the fullness of joy that our Father has received. I’ll share more of that plan later, but I want to make it clear here that we are here ON PURPOSE AND NOT BY CHANCE!
Reincarnation Is False Teaching
And say emphatically that we will NOT be reincarnated or otherwise morph into something else after this life! Our gender is eternal, our identity is eternal, though we may grow and be transformed through faith in Jesus Christ.
Life on Earth: We Are Not Here by Chance
John MacArthur boxes the semantics right out of this issue of chance, in these terse words:
But chance is not a force. Chance can’t make anything happen. Chance isn’t anything, it doesn’t exist. It has no power to do anything because it isn’t anything… Since chance doesn’t exist, it can’t produce anything. It can’t be the cause of any effect. Yet modern evolutionists talk about chance all the time. It’s just nothing but hocus-pocus. *
“Today the absurdity of evolution goes largely unchallenged and all these universities and colleges, they keep pounding on this stuff. Every time I pick up a Newsweek or a Time magazine, I get another one of these wild kind of evolutionary articles…; they keep trying to make us believe that chance exists as a force. That everything by chance spontaneously generated.
Nobel laureate, George Wald, brilliant man, I quote him, “One has only to wait, time itself performs the miracles. Given so much time the impossible becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable actually certain,” end quote. What in the world is that? That is just double talk. That is absolutely meaningless. Self-creation is absurd no matter how much time because chance does not exist…it doesn’t exist.”
The truth is, we’re here on purpose. Friends and family in heaven are pulling for us. Our lives have eternal meaning, and we come from a Heavenly Home to which we will return. These and other eternal truths are knowable and are restored again to the earth; the Savior Jesus Christ Himself has brought back His Church with His teachings, unmixed, unmuddied by man, for you and I. We invite you to investigate further the teachings of the Savior and the restored truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ found in The Church of Jesus Christ.