Do Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers?

Yes, in a sense. Mormons believe that we all lived with God before we were born on this earth. We believe that we were all “spirit children” of God (don’t ask me how God “begat” our spirits, I have no idea), and that among that population of spirit children was Satan, then known as Lucifer, and Jesus Christ, God’s firstborn spirit child. We believe that God presented a plan for how we could become like him. It involved all of us being born into this life, experiencing mortality and everything that goes along with it, and then returning to live with God again (and do a bunch of other stuff but it’s not relevant at the moment).

The problem was that we would make mistakes (sins) while here, and if we weren’t pure then we couldn’t return to God and be like him, so there had to be a way to allow us to make these mistakes, and then get cleaned up, so to speak. Enter a Savior, or Jesus Christ. Christ would be born, live a perfect life, and then sacrifice himself to pay for all our sins. Don’t ask me how it works. With some difficulty I can imagine somebody suffering the pain of all our sins, but I don’t get how that gets rid of our sins. That’s one of things I accept as “I guess I’ll understand some day.” However, just because we could be saved didn’t mean everyone would be. Some would choose to reject Christ’s sacrifice, and therefore wouldn’t be able to return to God or become like him.

Lucifer presented a different plan. His plan was that God would give him, Lucifer, God’s power, and Lucifer would come down on earth and make sure that no one could sin, that nobody would make any mistakes, nobody would suffer, and so there would be no need for a Savior and everyone could return to live with God. I’m not sure how he planned on doing this, but it kind of sounds like socialism.

God said no, that’s not the plan. Lucifer rebelled against God, and convinced a third of everyone else who was there to rebel as well, and so Lucifer was kicked out of Heaven along with however many billions of people wanted to follow him. Where was he kicked out to? The earth, where we are. And now he and his friends go around as “the devil” and “demons” (which we don’t believe have horns or pointy tails) trying to make us do bad things so that we’ll end up miserable like they are. How do Lucifer/Satan and his buddies do this? I don’t know. The scriptures say that Satan “whispers in our ears”. Maybe when your wife is out of town and you’re driving by the grocery store and in your mind you think “I could sure go for five or six pints of Ben and Jerry’s right now” and then something says “No, you really shouldn’t do that, it’s a bad idea” and then you think “But when am I going to have this chance again?”…well, maybe that’s Satan somehow putting those thoughts of a hedonistic, ice cream-filled lifestyle in your head.

So yes, we believe that Jesus and Satan/Lucifer were both spirit children of God, as we believe we all are.

More resources:

Why do Mormons erroneously believe Lucifer is Satan?

Comments

  1. Jesus Christ is not Satan’s brother as He was God, He is God, and He has always been God and while He did come for a time to earth as a perfect man to be the perfect sacrifice to take away the sins of the world by His dying on the cross in our place, His death on the cross let’s us put on His righteousness and not our own which by our own efforts we wouldn’t be worthy enough in 10,000 lifetimes.

    The purpose of the Old Testament prophets and the animal sacrifices of innocent unblemished animals foretold the coming of Jesus’ death on the cross to take away the sins of the world.

    John 1:29

    The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

    So Saved= With Heavenly Father for eternity while unsaved= in outer darkness (Hell) where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth and saved does not mean that we are just given a chance to progress to be worthy enough to be in Heavenly Father’s presence as that is a different gospel.

    John 1 clearly says Jesus (the Word) is God and this is backed up by Exodus 3 in which God calls Himself I AM and by John 8 where Jesus calls Himself I AM. Also, Jesus, who is not a created being like Satan, created everything because created beings don’t create as they are the creation but not the creator.

    John 1:1-3

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    The same was in the beginning with God.

    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    Exodus 3:14

    And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

    John 8:58

    Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.

    • These are all great scriptures, which Mormons believe, but what do they have to do with the issue of whether Christ and Satan are spirit-brothers?

  2. Kent answered that question in his first sentence, "Jesus Christ is not Satan’s brother as He was God, He is God, and He has always been God" This is true according to the Bible. Jesus is akin to all of mankind because He took on human flesh and became Man. But essentially and inherently, He has no equal as He is GOD. Do Mormon's believe that God's brother is Satan? And if so, who is their father?

    • Mormons believe that God and Christ are two distinct beings, united in purpose. God is the father of Christ, both of Christ's spirit as well as Christ's body. God is also the father of Satan's spirit. But whereas Christ did the will of his father, Satan rebelled in heaven and was cast out, never to be redeemed.

      For more on what Mormons believe about Satan see http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&source

  3. I didn't see this until now so even though I realize someone might not respond right now as we are so close to Christmas and people are busy, this is on my mind so I will answer while I am thinking about this.

    Joshua said, "These are all great scriptures, which Mormons believe, but what do they have to do with the issue of whether Christ and Satan are spirit-brothers?"

    Because the scriptures I qouted say that Jesus has always been God, even when He walked the earth as a only perfect sinless man there has ever been, that He has always been God, and that He has never been merely a spirit child who somehow became God.

    So He has either always been God so He couldn't be the spirit brother of Satan and us who created all of us or He is the spirit brother of Satan.

  4. There is a sense in which Jesus is one of many "offspring of God," the "firstborn of every creature." There is also a sense in which Jesus is the "only begotten Son"–the "monogenes." Many like to present straw man versions of these doctrines in an attempt to mislead and diminish the place of the Lord Jesus Christ in LDS theology. For a good explanation of LDS views on these matters, see here:

    http://mormonchristian.webs.com/god.htm#840739912

    The pre-Christian Jews and the early Christians very clearly viewed Yahweh (whom the early Christians equated with Jesus) as in one sense being one of many "sons" of the most high god. It was in this sense that they commonly referred to Him as the "chief angel." Satan was also one of these angels, but he became a fallen angel. Don't take my word for it. Look at what numerous non-LDS scholars have said about the issue at the link below. Feel free to skip past the creation ex nihilo stuff until you get to the section entitled "The Ontology/Theology of the Pre-Christian Jews/Israelites," and then please continue when you get to the section about the early Christians.

    http://mormonchristian.webs.com/god.htm#840740541

    Here's one nice quote from the early Christian Lactantius that isn't in the link:

    “He produced a Spirit like to Himself [Jesus], who might be endowed with the perfections of God the Father…Then He made another being, in whom the disposition of the divine origin did not remain. Therefore he was infected with his own envy as with poison, and passed from good to evil; and at his own will, which had been given to him by God unfettered, he acquired for himself a contrary name.” (Lactantius, Divine Institutes 2:9, in ANF 7:52)

    LDS doctrine returns to the original Israelite and Christian theology–which does not sit well with today's Christians.

  5. You , being
    a expert on Mormonism don’t know how spirt children are begotten? Tell me about our Mother in heaven what is her role in heaven? Isn’t her roole to produce Sprit Children?

    • I don’t believe I’ve ever claimed to be an expert. I’m just a member of the LDS Church doing my best to clarify a few things.

      I don’t know what the role of our Heavenly Mother is. For whatever reason God hasn’t chosen to give us any information about her. What we do know is that being God is a joint role and that neither man nor woman can attain godhood without the other.

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