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Pre-Existence

Recently, I received three stories from visitors to the site, all of them telling about pre-birth experiences. Getting three similar stories in such a short time frame - two of them the same day! - might suggest that we need to take the whole idea of pre-existence more seriously. Let me give you excerpts from the three letters:

June 26, 2004 - "My youngest boy is now thirteen, but years ago when he was three, we were talking about my dad who died in 1989. His name was Charlie and I was saying how I wished Dad could have met his little namesake. Young Charlie interrupted by saying, 'I met papa in heaven.' I said 'Huh?!' He casually replied, 'Papa babysat me in heaven. Then God got a ladder and I climbed down.'"

July 13, 2004
- "I had this dream many years ago. I was in an undistinguishable place, full of light, and feeling very ambivalent about being born. A woman who looked to be middle-aged, 'spoke' to me. She told me calmly not to be afraid, that my spirit would be alright and that the physical body I would inhabit was merely a temporary place, and that the true me was inside that body."

July 13, 2004 - "I remember my birth, before my birth, choosing my parents and siblings, the actual delivery, etc. I've always been puzzled why everyone doesn't remember this."

As a teacher, I've asked class members how they understood the idea that God never had a beginning and will never have an end. It's something most believers accept on faith, but admit is incomprehensible. But when I turn the question around and ask them to describe themselves, they have no problem at all stating that they will live forever. They have been "saved," and the Bible promises that those who live and believe in Jesus will never die.

However, when I ask the other part of the question - can you believe that you never had a beginning, that you have always existed, the same as God - ninety percent say an emphatic "No!" Life, in their opinion, begins at conception. The thought that they have always existed would make them like God, and they reject that blasphemous idea.

We have pointed out, elsewhere on this site, the logical problem with this belief. If something has a beginning, it will have an end. If something will never end, it cannot have begun. Eternity cannot be eternal on only one end. To think that we begin our existence in the womb but never have an ending is a logical impossibility. It is mixing concepts of time and eternity.

We are part of God. Being made in the image of God means that the same essence which composes God also composes us. When Jesus said that he and the Father were one, he was describing the condition of every created thing. We are eternal simply because there is only one thing, and that one thing is God.

These pre-birth stories, and thousands of others like them, reveal that in this increasingly spiritual age, more and more people are coming to terms with their true nature. If you can remember making plans to be born into your present life, you know for certain that you were alive and conscious before your mother conceived your physical body. And the moment you accept that fact, your entire view of yourself is dramatically changed. Forever.


Posted Nov. 15, 2004

Copyright: John W. Sloat 2004