The Bible and other scriptures provides a chronological history of man-kind's essence - their spiritual beings. Some is written describing the role spirits played before receiving a body. There was a war in heaven - after God heard the plans of salvation from Lucifer and Christ. 1/3 of the hosts of heaven chose Lucifer. Lucifer planned to guarantee man obeyed God - denying free-agency. Apparently, free agency is very important - important enough that God risked losing many souls. Our spirits are endowed with free agency and the plan of salvation requires overt acts of obedience by the power of will using that free agency. Freedom was instrumental in heaven and that is at least in part why the founders considered it vital to incorporate within the founding documents. How we use our freedoms defines our futures - on earth and in heaven. The very first acts of free agency had casualties.
Before we became spirits, we were intelligences. What the differences are between a spirit and an intelligence is important. It may mean a voluntary recession. It may mean spirits are composed of elemental matter - and intelligences are not. Since every other aspect of salvation is a progression - built upon prior experiences and expanding requirements, we can presume the intelligence was not as advanced as a spirit. We were rewarded with our spiritual essence for choosing Christ in the pre-existence. Those who chose Lucifer did not receive a spirit or a physical body. What God plans for them is unclear.
We should know Lucifer was a beautiful spirit and God's favored - his first born. We learn even in the best circumstances failure is possible. Had Lucifer not made demands of God, our path of salvation could be very different. But Lucifer was vain and proud - unwilling to accept Christs' plan and God's choice. For that Lucifer was damned. Be very careful what you opt for and temper your declarations. Think! Be humble. Lose your pride. Always be willing to listen and learn.
Our spirits are eternal, our bodies are not. Our bodies must be translated - made more perfect to obtain an eternal state - or to stand in God's presence. God's presence is an eternal state. God commands that realm. We must be fit to reside with God in order to receive that blessing. Blessings are available to man/spirits. Spirits benefit from blessings. Blessings flow from obedience to specific commandments. Doctrine and Covenants section 130 details this process. In my estimation no other group of scriptures provide as simple, straight forward, advice - and clarification.
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19 And if a person gains more
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21 And when we obtain any
The above is my favorite scripture. When I floundered in a state of disbelief - this scripture remained with me. It was tangible and it made sense. My Dad - the perfected being who created me, loved me, would not deprive me a road map to salvation and his good graces. Want or need a blessing - Obey the commandments. This blessing formula is irrevocable - it cannot be changed! It is God's bond with his children. Even the worst of us can obey one or two commandments which entitles us to blessings. The most important aspect of this life and the after life are revealed here too. We are to LEARN - continually. The only element of this life we keep is our knowledge - our experiences and the ability to use those experiences. They rise with us at Resurrection. If we gain an advantage from diligence and study - so be it. It must please God much. Why else would he permit that? He wiped all our recollections and our knowledge from our spiritual existence - or so it seems. Perhaps some are smarter in this life due to spiritual diligence. That option cannot be discounted. If that is true, it explains that the totality of our existence is expressed in our intellect. Intellect is what separates God from man. If man wishes to emulate God, he must learn to become like God. God's commandments provides us the road map.
23 A man may receive the
This scripture provides us information on God's, Christ's and the Holy Spirit's physical compositions. "flesh and bones as tangible as man's..." God's body contains matter similar to our own. However, it is different - it is perfected. That difference is written of in numerous scriptures. The difference is so severe, all the prophets who saw God were changed physically to endure God's perfected state. What happened? Were the prophets protected? Were their bodies permanently altered? No one knows save those who sat with God. That meeting must not have been permanent - otherwise, the prophets would act like God at their will. "Most" did not. Most returned to being their former selves after the experience. Eternal life requires an ability to move faster than light speed - at least that is what we now know from science. God's state is a necessary one. God cannot fulfill his duties without that ability. Christ too. This also enables God to be in two or more places at once. In fact, science suggests all the abilities of the subatomic world/quantum are available to God - and - to us if we follow the commandments and learn. These are God's gifts and promises to us. We can become like God.
Angels and the Holy Spirit are alike in their physical forms. They too are eternal - but lack a physical body - a body type with which we are familiar. Angels can impact matter - this we know from scriptures. Angels can also act in ways the quantum universe allows. That they have no body is significant and must be purposeful. Angels fill a unique role for God and us. Angels are God's emissaries. But, man cannot feel an angel's form with our body, nor can we "see" angels unless we are changed in some way. This too is explained in the quantum realm we know and suspect. Control over the quantum realm is one of God's superb abilities. Imagine if those studying science deferred to God in their studies - what a wonderful revelation they could deliver for the benefit of man and God. Sadly, most do not believe in God. There once were many very religious men of science - Isaac Newton, Jimmy Maxwell, Albert Einstein, Fred Hoyle and others had no trouble loving God and their science.
To view the universe and all of its actions, numbers, and the balance therein - to choose to render it from happenstance - an evolutionary quirk - defies logic itself and appears to me a gratuitous attempt to establish command over a infinitely complex set of objects to benefit the observer - solely. Recognizing a God of infinite magnitude created and controls that universe, places any man who has studied it in a compromised situation - where he must stand in awe of God. Removing God from that matrix, enables the observer to flatter themselves and avoid the natural state of fear that ensues whenever one sees power in an absolute/perfected state.
Newton, In Principia stated, "The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being."
Einstein in arguing classic physics vs quantum stated: God does not roll dice.
Hoyle - paraphrased: ...common sense interpretation of the (known scientific) facts suggest that a super intellect directly influenced physics, chemistry and biology. There are no blind forces in nature. The numbers one calculates from the (same set of) facts seems so overwhelming it puts this conclusion beyond question...
Our spirits are essential parts of God's universe and plan. We are required components that stand to benefit God, and ourselves, simultaneously - if we love God by keeping his commandments. Despite the consequences, we are free to believe in, or reject God. We must stand prepared for the outcomes of our decisions, and God's based upon the choices we make.