Death. And What Comes After.

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Ascent of the Blessed, Heironymous Bosch, circa 1500

Death.

And what comes after.

Near death experiences happen to a lot of people. I know people who have been through near death experiences. I know that what these people say is the truth as they understand it.

What do these things mean? Well, first of all, the person did not die. They were near death, not dead. So, I think it’s safe to say that what they experienced was not death itself. At the same time, these are not just dreams or hallucinations as dreams and hallucinations usually are. There is a profound quality to what happened, and it fits with what also happens to the person afterward.

The near death experiences I know about that I feel secure in believing involve a good afterlife. However, this video contains the story of a Catholic priest who had to deal with the reality of judgement and hell. We will all stand before God one day and give an account of our lives. None of us will escape this. As the priest in the video says, the self-serving explanations we give ourselves for our actions here won’t avail us much on that day.

The video raises some of the most important questions any of us will ever have to answer. Give it a watch and see what you think.

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  • TheodoreSeeber

    One of the big reasons I’m still Catholic- because of Tibetan Buddhism and the exploration of NDE recorded centuries ago in the scripture known as the Thodol Bardo/ The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

    Why?

    Because while denying that these things are good, it admits to the existence of heaven, hell and purgatory.

    These things supposedly aren’t good because they prevent the cycle of reincarnation.

    I don’t want to be reincarnated. And if everything we know about the afterlife is true, the Roman Catholic Church gives me the best chance at avoiding that fate (and worse fates).

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      Great comment Theodore. I agree. Why would i want to be reincarnated? I am an individual and want to remain one. God knows every blade of grass and every human being and loves us all.

  • Sus_1

    Fascinating! Thank you for sharing.

  • pagansister

    Actually, no one knows what happens after death—as no one has come back to tell us. It certainly is a nice thought to believe that one continues to exist in some form of afterlife, but I have serious doubts.


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