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Memories Of A Previous Life

Of the billions of humans that have ever lived, or will ever live, Jesus Christ is the only human who could honestly (there are many people who lie about having such memories) and correctly (there are many who may honestly believe their own delusions of such non-existent "memories") say that He had memories of a time before He was born. Some religions even teach one form or another of so-called "reincarnation" (true Christianity is definitely not one of them) but what they claim, whether they realize it or not, is based on pagan myths and fables, not reality. Jesus Christ was the only one who could genuinely remember things (by means of The Spirit Of God that was upon Him, which also made possible the miracles that He did, see also The Healers) from the time before He was born (or even before the world existed, as plainly stated in the verses below) for a very special reason.

What Did Jesus Christ Actually Say?

Heaven Jesus Christ remembered witnessing Satan's rebellion (see Satan's Choice), an event that occurred thousands of years before:

"The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name!"

"And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:17-20 RSV)

Jesus Christ plainly stated "before Abraham was, I am" - a statement that so enraged some of His fellow Jews, who should have easily recognized Him as their long awaited Messiah (He literally fulfilled every qualification in the Book - see Which Bible Did Jesus Use? and Aliyya and Haftara), but didn't, that they tried to stone Him to death for telling them the Truth:

"I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have heard from your father."

"They answered Him, "Abraham is our father."

"Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do what Abraham did, but now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth which I heard from God; this is not what Abraham did. ... Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see My day; he saw it and was glad." (John 8:37-40,56 RSV)

"The Jews then said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

"Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." So they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the Temple [see "My Father's House"]" (John 8:57-59 RSV)

A plain statement that Jesus had memories of the time not just before He was born, but before the world was born, even before "in the beginning" of time (time is little more than a measurement of physical change):

"When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?], to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him. And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made." (John 17:1-5 RSV)

Fact Finder: Exactly when does the one and only life of each person begin?
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