- Religion and Philosophy
immortality of intelligence
There is a principle which presents it's self in the bible that seems to be overlooked by most denominations of Christianity, that is the immortal state of intelligence. Coupled with the assertion that all men will be raised up to an immortal condition comes the physical existence of man abiding with God outside of the space/time continuum. How is it possible for one to exist in a sphere which by design holds the endless entity of the creator which is without beginning and without end? And how does one expect to exist at the right hand of God unless that individual existed previously?
One of the statements made in the bible is thus; "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" Job 38: 4-7
Particularly the statement made by God when the creation process was complete, "The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." provides evidence that there were spirit sons and daughters who resided with God in that eternal sphere. Another example of this fact comes in the book of Jeremiah when the Lord says "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee." Jeremiah 1:5
Another one is thus; Ephesians 1:4 "he hath chosen us in him before the foundations of this world."
When I think of the eternal nature of human intelligence I compare it to a wedding band. You have the ring, it is perfectly round, continuous, and endless. When a break is made the circle becomes flawed, it now has a beginning and an end. If one were to mend the ring, it once again becomes an endless entity. It is the same as the intelligence of the human spirit, it is an endless entity which existed with God.
This does not diminish from the scripture that states all things were created by God, in fact it is explanatory for the diversity of all the intelligences which exist on Earth, from the smallest bug to the most advanced, the Human species. All were involved in his plan to be part of the creation process and when it was complete, they sang and shouted for joy.
On the other hand there were those who refused to partake in this plan, the result is referred to as the war in heaven. Now I think it is opposite to the physical nature of the spirit to believe that this war involved bloodshed, or physical confrontation. I can't imagine a spirit drawing a sword or a gun on another. Rather I think it is more logical to perceive that war as a conflict in ideology. Everyone had their own input, everyone had the choice to follow God's plan or to follow another. I see that diversity continued as the debate perpetuates it's self on Earth among the children of Men.
God is the father of our spirits, he created them as he took our eternal essence and manifest them into a spirit. And this is what has been revealed to us through the spirit of prophecy. In Ecclesiastes 12:7-"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." We see that the spirit which premortally was with God has a chance to return to it's creator as a resurrected being.