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Were we in heaven before we came to earth? Did we sin in heaven? How can Jesus have died for our sins when we weren't even born?

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Thank you for your interesting set of questions. I hope to answer them for you directly from the Holy Bible.

1. Were we in heaven before we came to earth?

No, we were created at the moment of conception. However, from God's point of view, God knew we would exist before we did, but we were not in heaven before we were born. Consider these Bible verses:

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14)

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:4-5)

This is a very complex subject and ultimately one that many Christians struggle to understand. It can be understood simply that God is outside of time and we are not. We have finite minds and God is infinite.

2. Did we sin in heaven?

No, there is no sin in heaven. It is a perfect place where God dwells specially.
Consider this verse:

Death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4).

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise" (Luke 23:42-43)

3. How can Jesus have died for our sins when we weren't even born?

Jesus' death was sufficient for all people who would ever believe in Him and at the same time it was specific for the people who would believe in Him. Again this is linked to your first question about being born. God knew who would follow Christ and Christ died for those people even though they did not exist at the time. We are made right with God by believing in Christ's finished work on the cross. Jesus paid the price in full for us if we believe in him. This again is very complex and hard to fully understand, so we have to be in wonder and be amazed at the cross.

We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:9-13)

The promise of God was for all people, in all times. The people who died before Jesus were made right with God through faith in the one who was to come. We are made right with God by looking back. The people at the time were made right by looking around at what Jesus did. It's all about Jesus.

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness" (Romans 4:3) (Abraham was born thousands of years before Jesus came to earth).

These are very complex questions, good questions, but I want to encourage you to wrestle with them and speak to a local Church leader about them.

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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