Just who were we before we were born? This is a question that I have not heard much about in any of my Christian circles. Apologist who believe that our existence started upon birth or at conception use 1 Corinthians 15 in order to negate the question. The Apostle Paul speaks of the natural being first, followed by death and then the resurrection to new life. This I do believe, yet it does not fill in all the blanks and the scriptures as a whole can be confusing. I find that this is a very interesting topic because the paranormal fascinates me and as a Christian I strongly believe in the afterlife and the paranormal. All Christians should. For one, the scriptures teach us that this life is short, that we are just visiting or passing through. So if we are just passing through where did we come from? I know we came from God but when? Something inside me tells me that we all have been around a lot longer than the date on our birth certificate. Why would I think something like this to be true? Why wouldn’t I just follow much of the fundamental church’s teachings? Well for one, I cannot say for certain that the church has everything right. I am also not afraid to speak about such issues that are spoken about in hushed tones or completely ignored. The world is chasing after every other teaching to fulfil their spiritual curiosity and many times Christians remain silent. Being a Christian is a mystical, and experiential life, it is amazing! Many would not seek out other faiths if they understood Christianity. Most fundamentalist would say that there is God, angels, demons, and Spirits who reside in either heaven or hell. I believe this as well. It is also written that we are a little lower than the angels for a time. There is also the recorded creation in the book of Genesis which lays out what seems to be a creation of both spirit and body when God formed Adam. Yet like Jesus who was incarnated into the womb of Mary, who is to say that we are not all incarnated into the wombs of our parents from the spiritual world. Who is to say that the first Adam was sent to the earth to start the human race? I know that I am up against a tough argument, because it is also written that it is appointed for man to die and then the judgement. One could exegete Hebrews 9:27 and say that this is an event that takes place in every life that we live, that is if we are to believe that we make many trips to earth. Once again we would have to look at the following verse 28. So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. I strongly believe that Christ was offered only once for all, and that is all that was needed in order to cosmically change the universe. Christ brought salvation into the world through his death. We accept this salvation and understand that through this salvation we have been granted eternal life.
On the opposite side we can look at Jeramiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Now of course God was speaking to Jeremiah and not to us. Yet if you would take the passage across the hermeneutical bridge we realize that if he was talking about Jerimiah who was also a human being born in a body like all other humans so why wouldn’t it be any different for us? I don’t know. Just like many apologist who are against the idea of pre-existence use 1 Corinthians 15 there are a variety of other scriptures that seem to indicate that we existed before being incarnated into this body.
The whole entire first chapter of Ephesians is very interesting. Especially Ephesians 1:11-12 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. What it seems is that whatever existence that we had before we were sent to earth we were given the opportunity to become sons of God through Jesus Christ. The time that we are living on the earth is more of a transformational state or an initiation into the glory that is yet to come. This glory set aside only for us, those who have been chosen according to the author of Hebrews to be a little lower than the angels while we are on earth. This would surly light a fire under the enemy Satan who would obviously not want any more spiritual beings who are sons of God.
I know, I know as a fairly conservative Christian it is a strange topic to write about. Many may say just leave well enough alone. Or what is the point? Well it is these begging questions that are mysteries to us that I find irresistible. I personally believe that God incarnated each and every single one of us into the biological bodies inside our mother’s womb. That is what gives the value to the life in which she carries. A reason why I am such a strong advocate for Pro-Life. So we either were Spirits with God before we were incarnated into our bodies or we have made many trips to the earth. Several religions especially those of the East believe in reincarnation. I could write another article about it, but I think I will just incorporate it into this one. Jesus speaks of John the Baptist as Elijah. The book of Revelation also speaks of two witnesses who will be appointed for their duties in the end of days. These witnesses according to Revelation 11 will be appointed, killed, and then rise again from the dead in front of the whole world. Thank you 24/7 news. Many people who believe in reincarnation believe that the Spirits of man are no longer coming to the earth. The Dali Lama believes that he will also not be reincarnated. This goes against a long standing Buddhist belief. Many conspiracy theorist believe that Pope Francis is the last of the Popes. We may be seeing these witnesses sooner than later. So be ready!
Finally the mind boggling stories of small children who have incredible knowledge of some sort of past life are very intriguing. This link shares some stories of small children under five that have amazing stories. http://wallstreetinsanity.com/9-reincarnation-stories-that-will-give-you-goosebumps/ So what does this all mean as a Christian? I really don’t think it means much at all. It could all be true or I am completely wrong, I do not think that it matters so much. Most Christians have decided not to even go there. What I believe is true is that during this life we must accept what Christ has done for us. This life is most certainly a training ground for the next life, and we have been blessed to come to the earth. Kind of like Army basic training, it sucks but it also has the benefit that upon graduation you have morphed from a civilian to a full blown soldier. We may have been Spirit before this life but we may not have made it until we eventually become sons of God through Christ. Of course this is mostly all speculation but it is fun to think about. Blessings!