Everyone knows that we have, dwelling inside of us, a soul. And when we die, our soul (hopefully) goes to Heaven to spend eternity with God.
But what about before we are born?? Are souls sitting in Heaven waiting for an "Earthly Host"? Are souls recycled? Do souls exist before our bodies are created?
The Idea of Eternity leads us to believe that something that is eternal (such as God) has no beginning and no end. In the Bible God calls himself "I am". Not "I was, I am and I always shall Be".
Also in the Bible God tells us to him One Day can be 1000 years and 1000 years to Him can be 1 Day.
For God there is no Time. He exists outside of time, for him it is always "Now".
Weird concept, it boggles my mind to the point of a headache!
Anyway, time is an earthly thing, we see beginnings and ends. We are born, we live, we die. Beginning and End. When they say our eternal soul, it is natural for us to think that it has no beginning or end.
To find out if the soul is created at conception or was created at the beginning of time in the past, I did some research.
Here is what I found on this catholic website ( http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=219175 )
"I don't think there's a Bible verse that explicitly says ensoulment happens exactly at conception, but if you look at the creation of Adam and Eve and if you read Psalm 139, all of which refer to God's special creation of human beings, it doesn't mention any of them having pre-existing souls. The separation of the soul from the body is death which is a consequence and punishment of sin, so the idea of the soul being not joined to a body before physical life doesn't make sense -- body and soul go together in a unity. What would be the purpose of creating a soul before a body to go with it? "
This makes sense to me too, because nowhere in the Bible does it talk about "warehousing" souls, meaning, if God created all the souls at the beginning of time, then he created over 7 Billion souls and they would be sitting somewhere waiting for a human to be put into. The Bible also never mentions "re-using" souls, or recycling. They are created and when you die, seperate from your body to be with God in Heaven.