Man pre-existed and God Didn’t Create the Earth in Pearl of Great Price

Abraham 3:18, 22-23; “Howbeit that he made the greater star; as, also, if there be two spirits, and one shall be more intelligent than the other, yet these two spirits, notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other, have no beginning; they existed before, they shall have no end, they shall exist after, for they are gnolaum, or eternal.  22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; 23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.

Isaiah 45:18; “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.”

God didn’t counsel with others to figure out a plan on how to organize elements.

God didn’t just suddenly find himself amongst spirits and discovered some of them were greater than others.

God has always been God.

God created the earth and its inhabitants.

God has always been the One and Only God and Savior.

How could spirits be created before the world was if they were supposedly eternal? What does the word eternal mean for the Mormon if not what it means in English? 

How could God say to Abraham that he was chosen before he was born if Abraham’s eternal?

My, what a tangled web we weave…