The War in Heaven
A candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America posed a question to a New York Times reporter, "Don't Mormons believe Jesus and the devil are brothers?" He said the reporter was a bright young man . . . but he wasn't Mormon. So why he would ask a point of doctrine to someone who would have no idea . . . I haven't a clue.
But I'd like to answer that question now.
On December 12th of 2007, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) issued a press release as an official response to this question:
Like other Christians, we believe Jesus is the divine Son of God. Satan is a fallen angel.So, let's start at the beginning. In Revelations, Chapter 12, we learn of a war that was in heaven. What was this war about? Who was involved?
As the Apostle Paul wrote, God is the Father of all. (1 Thessalonians 1:1; Hebrews 12:9; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 8:6) That means that all beings were created by God and are His spirit children. Christ, however, was the only begotten in the flesh, and we worship Him as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. (Answering Media Questions About Jesus and Satan, LDS News Room, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dec 2007)
We are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father, every single one of us, regardless of our levels of righteousness or wickedness, it is an inescapable fact. Looking around the world today, we see wickedness abounding and the righteous fighting to hold back the tide. We see really good people and we see really bad people. It was similar to that in heaven, where we all lived before we came to this earth, minus the really, really wicked people. Read More
Other blogs I've written at http://ldsblogs.com in the last few days:
Mormon Articles of Faith . . . Part 1 - Statement of Mormon Basic Beliefs
Mormon Articles of Faith . . . Part 2
To Mormons, All Life is Sacred
At-one-ment: Mormon Understanding of the Atonement