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We all know that God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The important question isn't just what He did; it is why He did it. Why did He love the world so much that He would do this? What's so special about us?
The LDS church teaches a unique belief that answers this poignant question — are all children of a Heavenly Father who loves us. What stronger relationship is there than that between a Father and His children? Our Father in Heaven created our spirits, and we lived with him in a premortal world. Our existence on this world was not an accident or improvisation. He created the Earth specifically for us. We chose to be sent here, to receive our physical bodies, and to be tested preparatory for us receiving all that God has planned for us according to our faithfulness. It is His work and glory to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life. (Moses 1: 39 )
While we are all the spirit offspring of God the Father, and therefore the spiritual brothers and sisters to Jesus Christ (who was chosen from before the foundation of the world to be our Savior), Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten, Flesh and Bone Son of God. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, who set the way for us to return to the presence of Our Father in Heaven. Only a family member would love us enough to offer himself as a sacrifice for justice and mercy.
Here are several Biblical references that teach that we are all the children of our Heavenly Father, and what He wants for us.
"Ye are the children of the Lord your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead."
Moses is proclaiming that we are all children of god, and should present ourselves as such.
Job 38:4, 7
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
God is addressing Job in these verses. Why would God ask Job where he was while the foundation of the Earth was being laid if Job didn't exist? Why would he need understanding for that? Any man can assume he didn't exist before he was born, but Job had understanding and knew that he was with the Father in the premortal world while the Earth was being created. We all were the sons (and daughters) of God shouting for joy in excitement because the Earth was being formed and God's Plan of Happiness for us was in motion. Those who have "understanding" believe this.
"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of
the most High." The psalm says we are the children of the most High
God. Children always grow to be like there parents. I've never seen evidence
of a person giving birth to a child that grew up to be non-human. Therefore, as
the psalmist says, we are gods, or at least in the infancy of godhood. Hey, it's the Bible that said it, not me.
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
So according to this verse, God created our spirits. Notice the word "return"in this verse. To return means to have left and then gone back. We lived with God prior to our births, and after our bodies return to the Earth awaiting resurrection, our spirits will return to our Father's Kingdom.
"Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the
sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass,
that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it
shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God." The last
line in this verse states: "Ye are the sons [and daughters] of the Living
"The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him."
This verse is saying that God formed our spirits that live within our bodies before the foundation of the world. Since He made us He is the Father of our spirits. Since He made our spirits before we were born we had to live somewhere, right? Naturally, we lived with our Father.
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
Jesus refers to God as "your Father", meaning the Father of all of us. He is telling us to be perfect like our Father so that we can prepare ourselves to be like Him, and receive our Divine Inheritance.
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name."
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us the manner of prayer. Jesus was always very deliberate in his wording. Please note, He didn't start out "My father who art in Heaven". He referred to God the Father as His Father on several occasions and could have done the same here. Instead, Jesus prayed to, "Our Father". The Savior wanted to impress upon us the point that we are all God's Children, along with Himself.
Jesus is illustrating He is our brother, and we are His brothers and sisters. This wording is very specific, and I dare anyone to say that Jesus didn't really mean what he said.
"Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;"
Jesus was confronted by Jews who were accusing him of blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God. Jesus points out the God said through the Old Testament prophets that we are gods. Jesus is referring to our Heavenly lineage and what are Eternal Birthright and inheritance could be.
" Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."
Jesus tells Mary that she, like all women, is a daughter of God.
Acts 17: 28-29
"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. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device."
Paul is testifying that we are all the offspring of God. He also says that since we are the offspring of God we shouldn't picture the members of the Godhead in any other image but human.
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God."
This passage reveals quite a bit to us. We are the children of our Heavenly Father. If we endure to the end as Jesus did, we will be joint heirs with Christ, being glorified with Him, since we are His spirit brothers and sisters. What is Christ inheriting? The Kingdom of God and being a God. We too, if found worthy at our judgment, will also inherit this same Eternal Reward in the Celestial Kingdom of God. The Apostle, Paul, believed it, and so do I. We are heirs of God.
"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?"
Paul is stating that since we revere our earthly parents who gave us our physical bodies, we need to also respect and listen to our Father in Heaven, the Father of our spirits, even when He chastises us.
1 John 3:1-2
"BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
Another Apostle is testifying to our Divine Parentage. We are the sons of God, and we have the potential to be like Christ, after the resurrection. We shall be like Him.
In order for us to inherit the Kingdom of God, which was why we came to this Earth and was promised to us, we must keep our end of the Covenant. This includes: Faith in Jesus Christ, Keeping the commandments, Repentance, enduring to the end, and the fulfillment of all the priesthood ordinances
of the Gospel(i.e. Baptism, Confirmation, receive the Holy Ghost, Temple Marriage, etc.).
"We are the spirit children of God the Eternal Father... All of us lived in his presence, saw his face, heard his voice, knew him as our Father, and were taught eternal truths by him. He endowed us with agency and ordained and established those laws, by obedience to which we could advance and progress and become like him, those laws whereby we could gain eternal life, which is the name of the kind of life he lives."
Elder Bruce R. McConkie