Today we’ll cover questions 5 and 6 of our ongoing series based on the article, ‘51 questions that might lead you to Mormonism’.
“Did we live as pre mortal spirits before we came to earth? (Jer 1:5, Job 38:7)”
Short answer – No, we didn’t.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
As many of you may know, Mormons believe all of us, including Jesus and Satan, lived as “spirit children” of God and His goddess wife (wives) in a place called the pre-existence, before being sent to earth in mortal bodies.
Mormons like to use this one verse in Jeremiah as proof that we lived before we were born, however, that’s not the case. This verse isn’t about us so much, as it’s about Jeremiah. It’s speaking of God’s all-knowing cognizance, and of His plan for Jeremiah before he was conceived.
Job 38:7 ‘When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?’
I’m not quite sure where they are going with this reference. If it’s in reference to the part that states “all the sons of God”, again, it’s not about all of us living together as spirits in a different realm before we were ‘reincarnated’ on earth. This verse is talking about angels, not human spirits before they were born.
“Who was “God” talking to when He said “Let us” make man in “our” image and after “our” likeness? (Genesis 1:26-27)”
Genesis 1:26-27 – ‘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. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.’
“God” was talking about Jesus and the Holy Spirit. He wasn’t speaking to a council of gods, as Mormon theology would like you to believe. To do so undermines God’s power, and authority to create the world by speaking things into existence.