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To those that don't know my background I'm an LCSW, and spend my days working with those that have mental health and substance abuse problems. Something that has bothered me more and more is that many people who have problems were born into an environment where they had considerable handicaps (such as abuse, use of drugs etc.) I know that we often hear stories of people who overcome this and lead good happy loves, however in my observation this isn't always the case.
I guess my question to you guys is this: how humane is the doctrine of preexistence? Of course it isn't like the doctrine of predestination, which I feel is much worse, however I'm starting to struggle with the idea of spirits being deliberately sent into situations where unimaginable pain and suffering are present
thread, the Biblical support for the pre-existence was explored. However, some critics seem to think that the support for the pre-existence does not really exist. So, I thought it might be interesting to explore (if there is such) any claimed Biblical teaching that is explicitly against the pre-existence.
The only one I have come across before is the erroneous use of 1 Cor 15:46-48.
So, what say you critics?
Edited to add,
Ok, ok, in the absence of verses "explicitly" teaching against the pre-existence, are there any that have indications, or presumptions against it?