Sunday, October 21, 2012
Z at GollyGeez posted a Sunday Faith Blog about the afterlife.
It referred to an experience a neurosurgeon had, an after (or near) death experience.
It reminded me of something and I wrote this in comments:
There was another surgeon years ago who had a number of patients experiencing the "come to the light" phenomenon.
I told my mom about it one day at lunch when she was up to visit.
She told me that she had that same experience when on the operating table.
She got hepatitis through the blood they were giving here, went into shock and they pronounced her dead.
She described rising above the table, watching events unfold, started toward the light, was told to go back, it wasn't time yet.
She said she described events to the medical team she couldn't have known, being under a sheet, etc.
She hadn't heard of anyone else having this experience til I brought it up.
I believe in heaven. I have only a vague idea of what it will be.
I will take the scriptural over the anecdotal, however.
The only reason I believe in an afterlife is because one man died for my sins and to prove it, He rose from the dead.
He, however, did not give an account of what He saw (that I recall).
Have a blessed day. (end of comment)
I am still skeptical of all these experiences, including mom's.
A number of people will say that this encourages their faith.
That it proves there is an afterlife, therefore the Bible is true.
The Bible is clear and unbending on one concept:
Jesus said "No man comes to the Father but by Me."
Experiences that indicate people will go to heaven that have not met that criteria are suspect to me.
I believe that God and the spiritual realm exist.
I also believe that malevolent spiritual forces exist that try to deny to mankind access to the Father.
Spiritual experiences that show reward for following a path outside of one that Jesus has set are therefore contra-biblical.
I'm not saying those distracted or misled are demonic or demon-possessed,
Think Pinocchio and that island that wasn't all he thought it was.
Thanks Z, for an inspiration to write about this.
I'm curious to see what her other commenters think.