Do Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?

This question gained a great deal of attention when Mitt Romney was running for president of the United States in 2008. At the same time, Christians of many faiths began to realize they couldn’t figure out where Satan came from.

Jesus Christ MormonThe apostle John said, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 3, KJV Bible) This verse, of course, refers to God. This means Satan was created by God, as was every other being ever created. There is, according to John, no other way anyone or anything can exist.

God created both Satan and Jesus, and in that respect, they are brothers. But in that respect, every person who ever lived is a brother or sister to every other person, because we are all children of God. If we are all God’s children, then we are siblings to every child of God. It no more demeans Jesus to be Satan’s spirit brother than it does for any of us to be related to evil people who have lived on the earth.

To fully understand this, there are several points that must be considered. First, who is Satan? How did he become who he is today?The Bible tells us only a little about his history.

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

(Isaiah 14:12, KJV Bible)

From Isaiah, in the Bible, we learn Satan once lived in Heaven, but fell. Mormon beliefs include further information on this subject.

Before we were born, we all lived in Heaven with God, who was the creator of our spirits. Although we didn’t yet have bodies, we did have our own personalities. We learned, developed talents and interests, and started becoming the person we are. We had agency-the right to choose. Some of us chose well, and others didn’t, just as we do today.

When we reached the limits of our ability to progress there, God planned for the earth to be created, and for us to live away from him for a time. Now we’d gain a body, families, and the chance to find out if we

could live God’s teachings when He wasn’t right there with us. The plan, which He presented to us, explained we’d make mistakes, so He would send us a Redeemer, who would voluntarily give up His own sinless life to atone for our sins. Jesus Christ offered to be that Redeemer. He was God’s oldest Son, the first spirit created, and so, our oldest brother. We’d be free to make choices, but were expected to find and live the truth. Jesus would “make up the difference,” meaning He would do what we couldn’t do for ourselves, after we’d done all we could. He would atone for our sins, something impossible for those who sin to do alone.

Satan disliked this plan. He tried to convince us to change it. He suggested we’d come to earth, give up our right to agency, and let him control our every action and thought, so we couldn’t possibly sin. In return, however, he wanted to be exalted above God, as Isaiah said. Jesus, on the other hand, wanted God to have all the glory. This would make life on earth meaningless as a place of learning.

Each of us was allowed to choose whether or not to accept God’s plan. Satan was cast out of Heaven, which is what Isaiah meant when he said Lucifer fell from heaven, and why Satan is known as a fallen angel. Those who rejected God’s plan were also cast out and had to follow Satan for eternity.

Some have felt God couldn’t have created Satan, because Satan is evil. However, God didn’t create an evil being. Satan, like all other wicked people, made his own choices. God created each of us with a spark of divinity within, which we could accept and grow, or reject. We can’t blame God if we choose to ignore the great gifts He’s offered us and choose instead to live a selfish, greedy life. In the end, this is what was behind Satan’s fall. He could have been a good and even great spiritual leader had he made wise choices in his pre-mortal life, using his talents and ability to influence others for good. He didn’t choose to develop into that kind of being. He wanted all the glory and honor for himself, to be exalted above God. Having been refused this opportunity, he is now trying to increase his following, not because he loves us, as do God and Jesus, but because he is greedy and wants power and glory. Unfortunately, today, even some of those who rejected him are choosing to follow him now. They too were given a spark of divinity at creation, but are choosing to become wicked.

You can see from the few scriptural references we have God must have created Satan, or John was wrong-and John taught truth, so he was not wrong. We can see from Isaiah Satan once lived in Heaven. These two facts make it clear Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers, in that God created both their spirits, and we too are spirit brothers and sisters with them for the same reason. It’s important, as we progress in our mortal lives, to choose to follow our oldest brother, Jesus, and not Satan. Like Jesus and Satan, we can each become who God chose for us to become, or we can honor Satan and destroy our great God-given gifts.

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God didn't create an evil being. Satan, like all other wicked people, made his own choices.

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13 Responses to “Do Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers?”

  1. Jon Says:

    Isaiah 14:12-14 says that Satan fell from Heaven because he wanted to be like God. He tempted Adam and Eve with the same thought, that they would be like God after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    But God says in the Bible many times that He’s the only God and apart from Him there is no other. (http://www.bible.ca/trinity/trinity-oneness-unity-one-god.htm).

    So I wonder why anyone would want to think that by their own good deeds and self-righteousness they can become a God too? Isn’t that following what Satan did?

  2. Dan Burns Says:

    I think there is an error (or I miss the point) in the second to the last sentence of the second to last paragraph:

    I suspect that, “not because he loves us, as do God and Satan, but because he is greedy and wants power and glory.”

    should read, “not because he loves us, as do God and Jesus, but because he is greedy and wants power and glory.”

    On page: http://www.mormonchurch.com/587/do-mormons-believe-jesus-and-satan-are-brothers

  3. terrie Says:

    Thank you! You were right. Sometimes my hands and brain are operating at different speeds. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. Gale Says:

    It’s not Mormon doctrine to believe that we can become a god just by our own good deeds and self-righteousness. And Satan’s plan was to force everyone to keep the commandments, save everyone, and take the glory for himself. It is God’s desire that we grow to become like Him. As we do that on earth, we can continue to grow more and more like Him in heaven. It could take millions of years (after all, we have an eternity) to approach anything near what He is, but the door is open to us. As it says in the Bible, we can be co-heirs with Christ. Isn’t an eternity of progress more appealing than dying and then spending millions of years singing praises?

  5. John Lowden Says:

    For those of you who do not believe Satan was a spirit child of God (the Eternal Father), then from whence did he come? He would have to be a spirit child of God, otherwise he would have had to self-create, was nothing and decided to take his nothingness and become something.

  6. karenrose Says:

    Thanks, John, for your visit and comment.

  7. Brian Says:

    I have to respectfully disagree. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is the Son of God AND GOD THE SON, so Jesus is not a created being. We agree that Satan was created by God. Therefore, it is error to say that Jesus is Satan’s brother. John 1 states that in the beginning was the Word, the Word was God and the Word was with God. Then it says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us..” Again, the WORD was God (Jesus – God the Son). The WORD was with God (Jesus – Son of God). The Word = Jesus Christ.

  8. James Says:

    Is this forum still open to comments?

  9. karenrose Says:

    Yes, respectful comments, of course.

  10. John Says:

    I just found this thread. I hope it is still open.
    I have an honest question/comment.
    I guess, it is on the nature of God. It seems the LDS Church has a fundamental difference or view of the Godhead. That is why (I believe) it is often classified as a different religion, even though it uses the same Bible.
    1 Timothy 1:17 says : ” Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
    Paul is speaking about Jesus. At the same time he is equating Him with God (The Heavenly Father)…eternally.
    2 Corinthians 3: 17 says : ” Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
    Again, like with Jesus…this is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is EQUATED with God the Father (Heavenly Father).
    This a sampling of where the idea of the Trinity comes from.
    The Trinity is very much like the US Government. It has three individual branches, but is still one body. Father, Son, Holy Spirit. President, Congress, Supreme Court. I know, that may be crude…but it is the best I can come up with.

    Anyway, if God is eternal according to these scriptures, and Jesus is God…how can He be brothers with a created being, a lesser being at that, like an angel? After all, He had command over them.

    I mean no disrespect.

  11. Curry Russell Says:

    Hello,

    I am not LDS, I love your lifestyles, your Temple Square, your methods, but your mentality toward faith, toward the scriptures, and toward the church itself alarm many of us on the outside. But to this point specifically, You are saying that Satan was created, and I don’t think anyone in Christendom disagrees as we believe he was an Angel and God created Angels. Angels are a different class of being, not the same as a God or even in LIKENESS of God. There are 4 classifications of Angelic beings in the Bible, Cherubim, Seraphim, Nephalim, and Archangels. Satan was one of these and the greatest of them. To make Jesus his Brother would mean he would be of the same making. Just because God created things doesn’t make us brothers and sisters. As I am not a brother of my dog or cat. They are separate beings. Jesus (if you believe in a Holy Trinity), existed as God has, as one being. Not separate. Genesis 1:26 says that God made man in “Our” image. Not in “His” image. God and Satan are not Brothers, nor is God the “Grandfather of all lies”. I would accept a statement such as God is the Potter and Satan is the clay, just as we all are and we all have been molded for a purpose. Have a great day! And keep up the great work!

  12. Dalton Cline Says:

    I have a really hard time synchronizing the bible to this belief, in fact, many verses seem to claim the opposite, but I have some questions. If we exist in a pre-mortal state just as Christ did, and you say that Satan rebelled and took his followers with him, does that mean that all people on earth are the “good spirits”? If so, why do people reject Christ? Are angels simply the pre-mortal forms of future humans? Are demons the ones who helped Satan rebel? And while the LDS are claiming that we existed in this perfect form before, and then presumably the pre-mortals who didn’t rebel came to earth and thus were good, Psalms 51:5 declares that at the very least David was “born into iniquity”, which is not saying he was illegitimate. So I’m mostly confused on this whole pre-mortal form and how it relates to angels and demons. But beyond that, as previously mentioned John 1 equates Jesus to God. Additionally, The entire first chapter of Hebrews is making the distriction that Jesus is not a mere angel, but is actually greater than the angels as he is God. This means that not only was the identity of Jesus involved in creating Satan, they are not brothers in any sense, fellow created beings or otherwise. The biggest issue I come across is that is seems to be insinuating that any death would have been sufficient payment for justification before God, if indeed we are all like Jesus in that we have pre-mortal forms. Both Romans and Hebrews are clear that salvation was attained through Christ because He was fully God (and thus have the authority to forgive sins- mark 2:7-12) and fully man (Romans 8:3-5). Additionally, Satan’s beef with God in addition to wanting to be God himself, was that he wished to be the sacrifice, however Ejsus volunteered and was selected instead. However, Hebrews 5:4 says that Jesus is our high priest and that no one can just volunteer for the position (paraphrased of course). I fail to see how these conflicting ideologies can be harmonious.

  13. megan Says:

    Dalton~
    These are actually excellent, thoughtful questions. Thank you for posing them so decently. Taking them in order (and some may overlap), here is a brief response. (I’d be happy to SKYPE and/or talk by phone if you like, or to have representatives come to you and answer these and further questions–whatever works best for you.)

    1)Yes, Satan rebelled and took with him 1/3 of the hosts of heaven as stated in the Book of Revelation. Those spirits are fallen angels, or devils, or demons. It was by their own choice and rebellion that they fell, and as a result, they will never gain a mortal body, and thus have the experience of mortality. That’s why they are jealous of our bodies and often seek to take possession of earthly bodies.

    2) Yes, those who followed Christ and the Father’s plan to have Christ atone for our sins, are those who are present in this, our second estate, mortality. Though obedient in the ‘sight and presence’ of God there remained an additional test to pass before entering into eternal life, or life in God and Jesus’ presence, and that of loved ones. That test is mortality. While it was easier to be obedient with our Heavenly Parents present, and without having a physical body through which certain tests can only be experienced in full, this test is more difficult. Not all who were obedient in the first estate or pre-mortal sphere will be obedient here. With repentance, we can become clean through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

    3) Yes, some angels are pre-mortal spirits waiting to take upon themselves bodies. There are others known as angels as well. I’ve done a video podcast on this subject that would answer these questions more completely: Angels Around Us

    4) Jesus as God. This statement has been misconstrued since prior to the Nicene Creed. Jesus was advanced as a spirit Brother of ours. We were all created as spirit beings, literal spirit children of Heavenly Father and Mother. You, me, everyone here, and even Jesus Christ. We were born in a pre-mortal realm as spirits and could only progress so far there. Jesus had progressed further than any as spirit children and was the Firstborn. He was heir to all the Father had. For more specifics on the pre-mortal nature of Jesus prior to this life, see this article: http://rsc.byu.edu/archived/jesus-christ-son-god-savior/3-premortal-godhood-christ-restoration-perspective
    Jesus was literally the Firstborn Son of God and is distinct from God, so saying he was God in pre-mortal life refers to His advanced state of being and intelligence and doesn’t mean that He was literally the Father. The Father and the Son are distinct and separate.

    5) Yes, Jesus was and is the Great High Priest, but He also did exercise His agency in volunteering to become the Son of God and atone for our sins. We had to exercise faith that He would actually carry that out in mortality. Because He was born of a mortal mother and Immortal Father, He alone had the power to lay down His life and literally take it up again. He was unique. He remained sinless. He completed the atonement. He is the Great High Priest who was the one who mediated for our sins, weaknesses, infirmities, as Hebrews and as Zachariah declare, and as the Book of Mormon witnesses.

    Again, these are excellent questions. I would encourage you to also start from the beginning of the message of the Restoration and work into it as well as working this direction, from the questions you’ve formulated as you’ve read certain pieces about the doctrine. I witness that the Savior restored His full gospel and authority to the earth in our day, and it’s a glorious message.

    God bless you. I hope to hear from you again.

    Kindest,

    Karen

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