I have a friend that adamantly refuses to accept that we were all spirit brothers and sisters, including Lucifer as a spirit child of our Heavenly Father. He won’t accept references from the Book of Mormon or the D&C. I’d like to know more biblical and apocryphal evidences of this. Thank you for your help on this.
Here are some biblical references that seem pertinent to the problem of your friend. In the first place, if he adamantly refuses to accept the true concepts of the gospel as revealed in the latter-day scriptures there is little likelihood that he will accept the same concepts from the Bible. Because, as it is written in 1 Corinthians 2:6-14—
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Now, with that caveat, let’s look at a few biblical scriptures that we are all children of God, including Satan, or Lucifer. First from Romans 8:16-17—
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Again, it is the Spirit that bears witness that we are the children of God. It would seem hard for anyone to refute the fact that we are all the children of God without admitting at the same time that he is bereft of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah clearly states the Lucifer is one of God’s children, in Isaiah 14:12-15—
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!
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:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Lucifer, or Satan, is declared to be a son of God, born in the morning of God’s creation.. Because of his rebellion he is brought down to hell.One need not pile evidence upon evidence. The above scriptures adequately declare the truth to all who can be touched by the Spirit. If this is not acceptable to your friend, perhaps you could invite him to cultivate the Spirit of the Lord so that he could understand spiritual things. The very best way to acquire the humility and the inquisitive sincerity to allow one to be influenced by the Spirit is to read the Book of Mormon with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, and he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.