Heaven is Real— the Conversion of a Neuro-Scientist

Here is Dr. Alexander, noted neuro-scientist from Harvard who had an experience of the ‘other’ non-material dimension of reality, while his brain was ‘off’. Below is a picture from the article itself of part of what he describes that he saw.

And here is a link to this wonderful article which puts a huge question mark into the materialist argument that the mind=the brain.


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  • Charles Cherry

    What do you make of the comment by his heavenly companion, “There is nothing you can do wrong”?

  • Ben Witherington

    I would take it to just be a word of assurance to him, as he gains better understanding about the nature of reality. BW3

  • Ioann

    Sadly, the poor doctor’s experience is not an uncommon one and similar experiences have been recorded in the history of the Orthodox Church. We have been warned through the writings of the monastics in particular, both ancient and modern to be on guard against spiritual visions given by the demons. They result of paying attention to these demonic visions is soul destroying spirtual delusion or plani (in Greek), prelest (in Russian).

    The demon always gives itself away, whether by its shifting appearance or by it’s damning counsel, e.g. ” “There is nothing you can do wrong.”

    For those who are unaware of the ancient Christian monastic teachings and experiences handed down through the centuries, this passage from the Holy Scriptures exposes the lies of the demons and the falseness of the vision:

    “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” – 1 John 1:5

    The story does indeed show evidence of the non-material, spiritual realm, not a heavenly one but rather an elaborate snare of the devil.

  • Troy Crider

    While it is certainly a must that we “test the spirits,” we error when we dismiss, a priori, somebody’s story of their experience with the heavenlies/things unseen saying it is demonic. Is the message “there is nothing you can do wrong,” something God would not say? I think BW3 take on that to be fitting, that it is just “a word of assurance to him, as he gains better understanding about the nature of reality.” Supposing it was God, He was not speaking it to everyone, but directly to Eben. If this is the case, then it is us who error in conceiving scenarios where that wouldn’t apply, and thus, conclude it could not have been God Eben encountered because it may not be what He might say to others.

    I can see how Eben thinking that darkness is the home of God, and it is true that in Him there is no darkness, (1 John 1:5), did not God surround Himself with darkness in appearing to Moses (per Exodus 20:21; see 1 Kings 8:12)? Henry Vaughn said that “there is in God (some say), a deep but dazzling darkness.” This could be God’s way of protecting Eden from seeing the full measureless, radiant, light that God is which would be at cross purposes with what God desired for Eden.

    I am hesitant though, to come to a final conclusion about the details; I’m interesting in reading the book when it comes out, to have a more informed understanding of Eden’s experience.

  • Mike

    The bible says – all things are permissible but not all things are convenient. Also – God is love. The problem is the church is using the carrot and stick to scare people into “salvation” and admission to and EXclusive church. Portraying God like the old Greeks as having human traits and the biggest conceit, that we were made in his image and this world is ours (apparently) to destroy. There is no hell. For me an instant in the presence of God well knowing my faults will be punishment enough. It gives me the shivers to consider this.