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Does a history exist of the origin and development of the Latter-day Saint teaching of a premortal existence?

Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I'm very familiar with the LDS Church's teachings of a premortal existence. I'm interested in the development of that teaching though. ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians, who deny the Son's pre-existence, understand Hebrews 1:2's "through whom He made the universe"?

Hebrews 1:1-2 is 1 On many past occasions and in many different ways, God spoke to our fathers through the prophets. 2 But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of ...
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According to LDS is there a fixed and finite number of human beings?

D&C 93:29 Man was also in the beginning with God. It has been presented in the comments here that one LDS belief is that "there was never a point where we did not exist. We grow & ...
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What is the Biblical Basis for a “holding place” before life?

What is the biblical basis for a "place" babies or new souls are held until life (whenever the soul enters the body of the person) according to the Bible?
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How do people who say Jesus did not exist prior to his birth interpret Philippians 2:7? [duplicate]

Philippians 2:7: but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. In this passage, we see that Jesus “emptied himself” and became a servant. But this seems ...
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According to Biblical Unitarians, how much does "notionalism" encompass in John's prologue?

The Biblical Unitarian (BU) perspective on the pre-incarnational existence of the Son of God, revealed in such verses as John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the ...
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Is the hymn "I Gave My Life For Thee" inaccurate?

The hymn I Gave My Life For Thee has the following verse (emphasis added): My Father's house of light, My glory-circled throne I left for earthly night, For wanderings sad and lone It appears to ...
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What is the direct Biblical basis for the Son pre-existing eternally? [duplicate]

One key idea in contemporary Trinitarianism is the idea that the Son is eternal. This is required to have 3 co-equal persons (if the Son is not eternal, He is not equal to the Father). Some try to ...
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What is the biblical basis for the notional/ideal pre-existence of Jesus, as opposed to an actual pre-existence?

Some Christians -- especially Biblical Unitarians -- believe that Jesus only pre-existed notionally/ideally in God's mind prior to his conception in Mary's womb (just like any other human being), ...
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Does Matthew 22:43-45 imply the pre-existence of Jesus (from a non Trinitarian Perspective)

Matthew 22:42-45 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, ...
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