Saturday, July 7, 2012

#10 Life After Death

Most of us go through our day to day lives without thinking about or experiencing life after death. But there are some people who openly communicate with spirits and see them constantly. Whole books are written about such experiences with “the dead”. There are many such books available with all types of themes and one of the main points they always try to make is to provide documented evidence that these experiences could not be faked.

Unless you have read these types of books and the evidence they present, you might tend to think that this is all hallucinating or some type of scam.

Throughout human history, millions of people have claimed to have had experiences with those who have passed away. How does a materialist explain these phenomena throughout all cultures, all civilizations, and all history?

Are we to totally discount the reams of reports of “near death experiences” coming from people who “died” but somehow were revived? Were they all hallucinating? Do you discard all of the evidence without really taking the time to read what has been reported?  

Set aside for the moment whatever your beliefs are about life after death just for the sake of argument. If there really is life after death, that would almost certainly cinch the case for there being a God. Would you accept that?

Evolution is all about the physical world only. Everything has to follow so-called physical laws of nature, i.e. materialist only nature. If there exists a vast realm of life which is invisible to our eyes which is populated by personalities that used to live on the earth, then where did it come? How did it get there?

If all your ancestors and everyone who has ever lived in history is still alive in an invisible world, is that even conceivable by any process detailed anywhere in the theory of evolution? 

Any proofs for the theory of evolution would immediately become infinitely more challenged if they have to somehow account for life after death.

You may not be all that familiar with what are called life after death experiences. Most people are not. But there is a huge storehouse of information available to anyone interested. Many famous mediums communicated messages from the spirit world that have been verified by the scientific community of their times. Many of the mediums were Americans in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and very high level leaders of science were present, observing and verifying the results.

Is it possible that they were all fooled somehow? 

Check out any library, bookstore, or the Internet. Read up on the documentations and proofs that these experiences with personalities “on the other side” were very real. Scientists who have studied the paranormal may not say they have conclusive proof, but the preponderance of evidence can easily lead to the assumption that there exists life after death, a much easier conclusion that anything else.

(Recommendation: do some research on your own on some of the original sources listed below. Even read their critics if you want. Their disbelief is obvious but their arguments are thin.)

If the human personality lives in the spirit world forever and continues to grow toward higher levels as a loving being, this would make sense as the creation of a loving God who has created humans in His image and likeness. Love should last forever. Loved ones should be together in love after this life.

Do the research and this is what it points to.

There must be a God. 
Sample of References:

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into The Afterlife, by Dr. Eben Alexander, #1 New York Times Bestseller for 39 weeks through 8/4/2013. Famous brain surgeon spends 7 days in a comma experiencing God and the spiritual world.

Life After Death: The Evidence by Dinesh D'Souza
Drawing on some of the most powerful theories and trends in physics, biology, philosophy, and psychology, D'Souza concludes that belief in life after death offers depth and significance to this life.

Life After Death: The Burden of Proof by Deepak Chopra
In Life After Death, Chopra draws on cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the great wisdom traditions to provide a map of the afterlife. It’s a fascinating journey into many levels of consciousness. But far more important is his urgent message: Who you meet in the afterlife and what you experience there reflect your present beliefs, expectations, and level of awareness. In the here and now you can shape what happens after you die.

Is There Life After Death? The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die by Anthony Peake
This book proposes a simply amazing theory - a theory that states that personal death is a scientific impossibility. Using the latest findings of neurology, quantum physics, and consciousness studies, Anthony Peake suggests that we never die. After reading this book you will understand the reason for your life and how you can make it better next time.

The Science of Life After Death: New Research Shows Human Consciousness Lives On by Stephen Hawley Martin
A lengthy and exhaustive study by the University of Virginia Medical School clearly indicates consciousness continues after death in at least some cases, if not all. This particular study, begun in 1961 and continuing today, was initiated by Ian Stevenson, M.D., a psychiatrist who graduated first in his class at McGill Medical School. Stevenson went to great lengths and much effort to follow scientific protocol in his investigations. Over the years, more than 2,600 of the cases he and others investigated have checked out in terms of the details.

On Life after Death, revised by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and Caroline Myss
In this collection of inspirational essays, internationally known author Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross draws on her in-depth research of more than 20,000 people who had near-death experiences, revealing the afterlife as a return to wholeness of spirit.

The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz
Risking his academic reputation, Dr. Gary E. Schwartz asked well-known mediums to become part of a series of experiments to prove, or disprove, the existence of an afterlife. This riveting narrative, with electrifying transcripts, documents stringently monitored experiments in which mediums attempted to contact dead friends and relatives of "sitters" who were masked from view and never spoke, depriving the mediums of any cues.

Life After Death: Some of the Best Evidence by Jan W Vandersande PhD
Renowned physicist Dr. Jan W. Vandersande surveys evidence for an afterlife and finds a lot of the observed physical phenomena both credible and compelling. Intended for skeptics and believers alike, Life After Death condenses more than 100 years of literature and testimony-including the author's own psychic experiences... . As the book makes clear, the occurrences during such episodes, though fantastical, can't be dismissed as mere fantasy or fraud. Through historical accounts, photographs and personal experience, this engagingly written work adds to a growing body of evidence for the existence of an afterlife that's increasingly difficult to ignore.

Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death by Raymond Moody
In Life After Life Raymond Moody investigates more than one hundred case studies of people who experienced "clinical death" and were subsequently revived.  First published in 1975, this classic exploration of life after death started a revolution in popular attitudes about the afterlife and established Dr. Moody as the world's leading authority in the field of near-death experiences. 

Life After Death by Mary T. Browne
A renowned psychic and spiritual healer with clients all over the world, Mary T. Browne had her first clairvoyant experience at the age of seven. For more than thirty years since then, her visions of the other side and her communication with her teachers, both in spirit and on the earth plane, have helped to form not just her understanding of death, but her philosophy of life.

Thirty Years Among the Dead by Dr. Carl A. Wickland 
It's about the author's experience treating cases of spirit possession. It gave great insight into the realms of the spirits and their rather very serious impact on those living. The departed spirits communicated through an intermediary, medium, his wife. The stories told touched my heart and enhanced my understanding of the nature and character of the spirits. 

The History of Spiritualism, Volumes 1 and 2 (Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge) by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for his creation of the character Sherlock Holmes. Trained as a medical doctor, Doyle - like many Victorian intellectuals - became fascinated by spiritualism and its promise of communication with the afterlife. Doyle was a firm believer in the movement, claiming as evidence 'sign[s] of a purposeful and organized invasion' from the spirit world. In 1926, he published this influential two-volume history. Volume 1 covers the background and origins of spiritualism, beginning with Swedenborg before turning to the 'supernatural' events in upstate New York in 1848 that are generally regarded as the beginning of modern spiritualism. It then focuses on key individuals including D. D. Home, and on scientific investigations of spiritualist phenomena. The History provides valuable insights into Victorian and early twentieth-century culture and the controversies generated by spiritualism at that time.

Best Evidence: An Investigative Reporter's Three-Year Quest to Uncover the Best Scientific Evidence for ESP, Psychokinesis, Mental Healing, Ghosts and Poltergeists, Dowsing, Mediums, Near Death Experiences, Reincarnation, and Other Impossible Phenomena That Refuse to Disappear (2nd Edition) by Michael Schmicker
 "Best Evidence is indeed one, if not the best itself, of the major books explaining and offering proof that psi phenomena are here to stay whether we like it or not," Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D, physicist and National Book Award winning author of Mind Into Matter, Taking the Quantum Leap. "My highest recommendation, not just one but a half-dozen astounding stories, any one of which can change the way we think about the nature of reality," Dean Radin, Ph.D, author of The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena. "For skeptics and cautious believers alike, a splendid introduction to 'impossible phenomena that refuse to disappear,'" Stanley Krippner, Ph.D, Co-Editor, Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. "Hard line skeptics won't be pleased, but Schmicker has done his homework an excellent survey of the strongest evidence," Marcello Truzzi, Ph.D, Center for Scientific Anomalies Research.

To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story... by Mary C. Neal M.D. 
A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman doctor to heaven — where she experienced God’s peace, joy, and angels — and back to life again.

My Descent Into Death: A Second Chance at Life by Howard Storm. 
Storm, an avowed atheist, was awaiting emergency surgery when he realized that he was at death’s door. Storm found himself out of his own body, looking down on the hospital room scene below. Next, rather than going “toward the light,” he found himself being torturously dragged to excruciating realms of darkness and death, where he was physically assaulted by monstrous beings of evil. His description of his pure terror and torture is unnerving in its utter originality and convincing detail.

23 Minutes In Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in that Place of Torment by Bill Wiese. 
Wiese saw the searing flames of hell, felt total isolation, and experienced the putrid and rotting stench, deafening screams of agony, terrorizing demons, and finally, the strong hand of God lifting him out of the pit--"Tell them I am coming very, very soon!"

Heaven is Real But So is Hell: An Eyewitness Account of What is to Come by Vassula Ryden. 
This book features her amazing encounters with both good and evil forces and reveals profoundly important messages for all humanity, largely hidden until now. Sometimes harrowing, but filled with hope, it answers many of the questions that people have been asking for thousands of years and at the same time offers a glimpse into God's love and justice, and of what is soon to come. 

No comments:

Post a Comment