Health Tips -Should We Fear Death?
Death is not something that many people want to think about. However, death is a part of living a human life. At least, our current level of science and technology acknowledges that death is inevitable.
Is death something to be afraid of or is death something to look forward to? The answer may depend on who you talk to and what you believe in the after life.
Aside from the obvious religious answers, what body of information exists that can help us to approach this question with some degree of logical thinking? When exacting scientific evidence is lacking, our only option is to consider the anecdotal or subjective experiences that others have had.
Fortunately, there is a body of information that leads to the formation of some interesting thoughts on the subject of death and what it is or what it might lead to.
Each person is encouraged to draw their own conclusions. Yet, I would like to share some of my thoughts and opinions on the matter of death after life.
Many people who have a near-death experience have strikingly similar experiences. There are some who report a horrible experience but the majority report more positive experiences.
Some may have gone to a terrible place, while others seem to leave the pain of the mortal body behind and experience an interesting journey before they revive. Both kinds of experiences have been recorded.
One striking similarity is the ‘life review’ process. This has been reported as a review of one’s entire life where each event is played out before your eyes. People that have experienced this process say that you suddenly become aware of how you affected the people you interacted with during your life.
Feeling the Pain
If you did something that caused them pain, you may become cognizant of those feelings as if you were experiencing them yourself. People report that they feel regretful. The experience doesn’t just extend to that one person, but the effects are like a ripple in a pond and you see how that ripple affects multiple people.
On the other hand, if you did something good you experience that as well. It does appear that the good things involve acting from compassion. For example, one lady said the most significant act of her entire life occurred when she was a little girl. She cupped a flower in her hand and gave it ‘unconditional love’.
Others don’t experience an in depth life review, theirs lasts a few seconds and doesn’t seem to have much impact. Experiences vary somewhat. However, the fundamental similarities remain.
Change because of Death
Can a person change as a result of a near-death experience? I was struck by the example of one person who was a self-described atheist and hateful person. After his near-death experience he became a minister and a kinder, gentler soul. The change was not only noted by himself, but also by his family members.
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to actually talk to a person who has had a near-death experience? I remember the recent movie that came out in theaters July 2014 called “Heaven Is for Real” starring Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum. It is a true story about a little boy named Colton Burpo who has a near-death experience.
Todd and Sonja Burpo , the real-life couple from a small town in Nebraska whose son Colton at the age of four claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks factually about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event and how they would handle this new found experience in their son’s life.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.
The story is told by the father Todd, but often in Colton’s own words, the alarming but yet simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.
With all of the prophetic signs and wonders of the world today, doesn’t it make you stop and think seriously that “Maybe Heaven Is Real!” We will discuss this topic more in depth the next time.
Until then be in good health of mind, body and spirit.