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What does the Bible say about life before conception?

Written By: CK Quarterman - Dec• 19•15

babyWhat does the Bible say about the preexistence of souls?

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
(Joh 1:9)
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 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. (Jer. 1:4-5)

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? (Heb 12:9)

I recently read an article by a friend of mine and he was conjecturing that we are alive before conception. What does the Bible say about “life” before birth? Jeremiah was separated to the Lord for his peculiar prophetical office before birth. Before Jeremiah was “formed” God knew him. God has pre-ordained everything in His almighty providence. Again, this is something that God is capable of doing.
A concept of pre-existence was advanced by Origen, a third-century church father. Origen believed that each human soul was created by God at some time prior to conception.
Origen quoted Romans 9:11-14 as evidence for his position:

For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth; It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Origen argued that God could not love Jacob and hate Esau until Jacob had done something worthy of love and Esau had done something worthy of hatred, therefore, this passage only means that Jacob and Esau had their conduct before this life as a reason why Esau would serve Jacob. This thus seems plausible as I have read this passage many times and wondered.

Origen also quoted Jeremiah 1:5:[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.

The LDS Church, Hinduism, and Islam agree upon the pre-mortal existence of the spirit of man. Although, the Second Council of Constantinople in 543 AD (Roman Catholic) forbid such belief and considered Origen’s teachings to be “anathema,” yet it still holds in some places. It certainly ties into the Greek thought of Plato, however not necessarily should this be considered wrong. According to Josephus, the Essenes also affirmed the preexistence of souls.
It holds to reason that the Lord breathed into Adam a “soul” could we not have been a part of God Himself?

The apocryphal, Book of Wisdom 8:19-20:
As a child I was naturally gifted, and a good soul fell to my lot; or rather, being good, I entered an undefiled body (NRSVCE).

I am not championing reincarnation or LDS theology; however there are some small truths here. We are not told by what means a body is perhaps chosen by God or how to take into consideration how the Potter makes vessels to mercy and vessels to wrath. Any comprehensive theory must take all of this into consideration. I do not know of any Christian faiths that actually believe or can explain the doctrine of pre-mortal existence. It is largely unrevealed to us and the Bible alone is not definitive in the description of that state. It evidently is true, however, and I have cited only a few passages which support this assumption, there are more.

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Act 17:28)

No one’s “giving spiritual authority to pagan poets,” but Paul is explicitly saying that on this particular point, the pagan poets were absolutely right. And doesn’t Paul have the spiritual authority to say that?
Did God send us to earth into mortality to provide us the experience necessary to continue to grow, or somehow perfect us?

For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Heb 2:10)

Jesus was made “perfect” officially not morally. It was a term used in the games to mean finished, therefore he was officially “finished” by sufferings.

Some other verses:
Job 31:15
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Isaiah 44:2
Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee

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