Polls show, intriguingly, that more than 95% of Americans (and close figures exist for other parts of the world) profess a belief in God or some higher power and that between 70 and 80 percent believe there is a spirit or soul in human beings that continues after the physical death of the body (see Gallup and Lindsay, Surveying the Religious Landscape, Morehouse Publishing, 1999).
So, the natural question, is: Where did that soul which most of us acknowledge, come from? If we are spiritual beings, where did our spirits originate? Did they flair into being at birth or conception? Have a spiritual beginning? Come from a spiritual home? Familiarity and frequent intimations seem to come to us here, suggesting there is more than the present, more than the future, but what of the past.
I’m a “Mormon”, member of The Church of Jesus Christ, (“Mormon” is a nickname coined by friends of other faiths that we understand), and I’m here to say that those inklings are purposed. We are not here in a vacuum-to be and cease to be, nor are we here from scum or slum or a big bang alone. We pre-date this life and have lived in God’s presence previously, for lengthy period of time, growing up to a point of readiness to jump into a body and come to earth to gain additional needed experience. We will return home. We aren’t going to be recycled as another animal or person. We are who we are who we are. We will become better and more glorious if we follow Christ but our intelligences are eternal. Thank goodness for the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These truths, I testify, were lost but are now restored.
You and I are not here by chance. Not a chance!
John MacArthur boxes the semantics right out of this issue of chance, in these terse words:
But chance is not a force. Chance can’t make anything happen. Chance isn’t anything, it doesn’t exist. It has no power to do anything because it isn’t anything. Its impotent because it’s nothing. It has no power because it doesn’t exist. Are you getting it? Since chance doesn’t exist, it can’t produce anything. It can’t be the cause of any effect. Yet modern evolutionists talk about chance all the time. It’s just nothing but hocus-pocus. It’s the oldest and most inviolable law of science, logic and reason. Any of you who ever took debate or studied any of the rational philosophers remember the statement, “Ex nihilo, nihilo fit(?),” out of nothing, nothing comes…and chance is nothing. This is rational suicide.
So when scientists attribute instrumental power to chance, listen carefully, they have left the domain of reason, they have left the domain of science. They have turned to pulling rabbits out of hats. They have turned to fantasy. And then all scientific investigation becomes chaotic and absurd because it can’t really yield what it should yield because they won’t allow it to. Today the absurdity of evolution goes largely unchallenged and all these universities and colleges, they keep pounding on this stuff. Every time I pick up a Newsweek or a Time magazine, I get another one of these wild kind of evolutionary articles, particularly because I read National Geographic, I’m exposed to that as well, and they keep trying to make us believe that chance exists as a force. That everything by chance spontaneously generated. Nobel laureate, George Wald, brilliant man, I quote him, “One has only to wait, time itself performs the miracles. Given so much time the impossible becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable actually certain,” end quote. What in the world is that? That is just double talk. That is absolutely meaningless. Self-creation is absurd no matter how much time because chance does not exist…it doesn’t exist.
The truth is, we’re here on purpose. Our lives have eternal meaning, and we come from a Heavenly Home to which we will return. These and other eternal truths are knowable and are restored again to the earth; the Savior Jesus Christ Himself has brought back His Church with His teachings, unmixed, unmuddied by man, for you and I. We invite you to investigate further the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to inadvertently in the media as the “Mormon Church.”). Learn more about Mormons here.