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Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife
Newsweek/Daily Beast ^ | Oct 8 2012 | Eban Alexander

Posted on 10/08/2012 3:01:21 PM PDT by WilliamIII

As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.

... In the fall of 2008, however, after seven days in a coma during which the human part of my brain, the neocortex, was inactivated, I experienced something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.

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To: AmericanSamurai

This is better off reserved for calling on that radio show Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, lol.

You want to know about the afterlife find a Gospel preaching and preferable Reformed Pastor. imho


101 posted on 10/08/2012 6:40:12 PM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: WilliamIII
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Review of Life After Death: The Evidence
Who is the Being of Light Encountered in Near-Death Experiences
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World's Largest-ever Study Of Near-Death Experiences

102 posted on 10/08/2012 7:10:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lazamataz
Me, I'm going to explore the rest of the universe. I imagine there's an infinite number of life forms on an infinite number of planets. How cool would it be to look them all over?

Yes, an infinite number of life forms with which to hit upon!

103 posted on 10/08/2012 7:19:44 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: AmericanSamurai
You want to know about the afterlife find a Gospel preaching and preferable Reformed Pastor. imho

Reading his account of what he experienced he is trying to reach ones of a scientific mind and get them thinking. Getting them to think outside of their text book realm gets them searching for answers thus his clinical descriptions were needed. Getting them searching opens their minds and possibly their hearts for The Holy Spirit to work on reaching. In other words he is trying to reach some very clinical thinkers. More power to him.

His calling & message it seems isn't to be Brother Jones of the reformed First {insert name here} church where only a certain translation of The Bible and Brother Jones views of what The Bible says are allowed. Also notice the event did get him back to communicating with GOD & thinking about his relationship with GOD. It opened his eyes IOW. Something by his own admission he had not done previously. It's obvious he had a very life changing spiritual event. What he is saying is called TESTIMONY of what one witnesses. He's seems to be telling others of his profession Hey this is very real. Seeking answers isn't a bad thing ya know. GOD uses many people for His will and to His glory not just preachers standing at the pulpit.

104 posted on 10/08/2012 7:38:14 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: tet68
I see a hand, Fred would you like to enlighten the class?

That hand you see is one hand clapping.

That place where I was before 1956 is the place where that sound is heard.

105 posted on 10/08/2012 7:49:01 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Andrew sullivan. The blind pig who found a truffle on 9/11.)
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To: TigersEye

You expressed the commonality of reported experiences very well.


106 posted on 10/08/2012 7:57:05 PM PDT by maica
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To: Lazamataz

BOOKbump


107 posted on 10/08/2012 8:05:11 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan muzzy bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: maica

Thank you.


108 posted on 10/08/2012 8:23:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: cva66snipe

Sorry, but its complete bunk. It belongs in the New Age section of the bookstore. Anyone who’s seriously studied the Bible would say the same. I don’t expect people to agree with me as I myself used to dabble in the New Age and Buddhism but after my conversion, but that was many years ago.


109 posted on 10/08/2012 8:31:17 PM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: cva66snipe

“GOD uses many people for His will and to His glory not just preachers standing at the pulpit.”


I think this surgeon may be more like the woman Jesus met at the well, than like a preacher in the pulpit. Her testimony was powerful precisely because she was the last person you would think of having a spiritual transformation.


110 posted on 10/08/2012 8:44:37 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: SamAdams76; Lazamataz
infinite number of life forms with which to hit upon!

Laz is like capt kirk in his willingness to hit the green chick ???

111 posted on 10/08/2012 8:47:18 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Lazamataz; henkster

I’m glad Heaven is really big; you guys sound like noisy neighbors . . .

Not that there’s anything wrong with that . . .


112 posted on 10/08/2012 9:43:43 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: WilliamIII

The comments at the end of the article are full of doubt. Not only doubt, but calling people idiots who believe in God.

My cardiologist said of my near death experience “There are those who will say there is a scientific explanation for what happened to you. I don’t believe it. I believe there was a power at work. I call it the “Doctor of all doctors”.

Then a shrink later told me it was lack of oxigen to the brain. This shrink, by the way, thinks Joe Biden is brilliant.


113 posted on 10/08/2012 9:44:59 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross
Then a shrink later told me it was lack of oxigen to the brain.

This neurosurgeon dismissed that sort of criticism because his cortex was completely non-functional (and he and his peers are competent to judge that). I have an open mind about it, although his experiences don't conform to my preconceptions.

114 posted on 10/08/2012 10:32:28 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Lazamataz
well, Laz, I'll save you a place at the party in Catholic heaven (video link here)
115 posted on 10/08/2012 11:58:40 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: I want the USA back
When I had pneumonia I was in very bad shape. I recall hearing the docs out in the hall murmuring about putting someone on a respirator in the morning...

Then I wasn't in the room.

I was surrounded by a warm golden glow, in clouds, and in the near distance was a man dressed in robes, appearing much as Jesus is commonly pictured.

I was startled, I knew I was very ill (the only time I have ever been in a hospital at that point), and I said, "If you are who I think you are, and you want me to come with you, I will." Then, (thinking of the then two-year-old granddaughter we were raising) said, "But if you don't mind there are some things I'd like to do first (raising that child)."

The man said, gently, "Go back, it is not yet your time."

Then I was back in the hospital room, and started coughing. All night I coughed up what can only be described as chunks of olive green gunk, and by morning I could breathe again. After one more night I was released from the hospital, to the amazement of the doctors and the respiratory techs who told me they were considering putting me on a respirator the night I heard them murmuring in the hall.

Now you can pooh-pooh that experience all you want, if you want, but I KNOW there is a there there.

116 posted on 10/09/2012 1:21:42 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: AmericanSamurai
Sorry, but its complete bunk. It belongs in the New Age section of the bookstore. Anyone who’s seriously studied the Bible would say the same. I don’t expect people to agree with me as I myself used to dabble in the New Age and Buddhism but after my conversion, but that was many years ago

I have studied the Bible. I also understand that GOD still deals with persons one on one. Some very devout persons with good reputations have had NDA's and saw events or things they would understand to be of Divine origin. I think Marty Robbins was one of them. Some persons at some point in their life GOD directly communicates with. That did not stop at the cross.

Persons see visions and people will still see visions & have dreams of Divine nature as foretold in The Bible. I found out for myself many years ago during a very troubled time in my life where answers as well as strength was needed. I got an answer. The answer was "It's going to be OK." A short message which gave me strength. That was the answer to laying on of hands for healing that was being asked for. The healing asked for did not happen. That was 27 years ago. Yet the calm and the peace I experienced was something I never knew before or since. I do admit at first I did not understand what the message meant. I do now.

I know very rational persons who have seen what can not be explained. My dad tells me of him being in bed one night. He was likely about 18 at the time. His dad walked in the room and sat down on the bed beside him then got up and left. His dad had been dead over a year.

What about this? My Mom saved my life one night thousands of miles away and no communication capabilities between us. This happened in the late 1970's. I was in the Navy & deployed in the MED Sea working on what was called a Liberty Launch. Basically a boat 35-50 ft long used to transport crewmembers from ship to shore.

I had been on duty almost 24 hours as an engineman when one morning we were tied up at the deckhouse at the ship waiting for the relief crew. I was leaning up against the windshield and seas were calm. I heard someone yell out my first name and JUMP. I dove down to the floor of the boat as the windshield hit the ladder and busted. One of several brushes with death I would have on the ship.

I didn't think anymore about it till we got back months later and dad picked me up at the airport. He asked me if I had a close call one night. I said I did one morning. He told me well your mom sat up in bed one night yelling your name & JUMP. Now add six hours from lets say 1:00am EST and that is morning about 6-7 am in the MED where I was.

You'll likely say Ah it was one of your shipmates. No in fact it wasn't for several reasons. The guys I was working with didn't even know my first name. They knew my last name and called me by a nickname given to me by my chief.

Are we shown things in advance? My dad had an overwhelming dream one night that bothered him but he didn't tell me till years later. He was dreaming about me and was feeling an overwhelming sorrow and grief for things which were to come to pass in my life.

Things that would change my life forever began to happen about 28 years ago. In about a seven month time frame my first wife died suddenly at a very young 23 of a heart attack. I took a job transfer a few miles away when I was able to go back to work. About three months later I would meet a woman whom I became good friends with. She was someone to talk too. After we knew each other about six months we were to meet to see a movie as it was our day off. She got to the mall, sat down inside, and collapsed to the floor. Do you believe GOD sends angels in our time of need? I do.

I carried her out to her car I had moved as close to the door as I could. While I was putting her in the car a cop asked me which hospital? He didn't say hold on an ambulance is coming he asked which hospital and I told him. He said follow close and turned lights and siren on. While I was driving she was dieing & giving me vivid details of what she was seeing. OH BTW her profession? She was a Nurses Assistant.

We got to the ER and he was gone I could not even find him to get his name. First night was touch and go and the doctors didn't have answers or much hope. Her arms and hands were folded tight to her chest. You pulled them down they went back up. A week passed and two preachers she knew visited her one evening. Both laid hands on her asking for her healing. I was overcome with a calm and peace I described and heard though not with my ears "It's going to be OK".

We married in the hospital two months later. Four more months after we married she came home as a quadriplegic. She got her arms and hands back mostly but not use of her legs. Events in about 9 year period took me into PTSD. When it hit so did a life long issue I had been dealing with become disabling. An issue involving my sensory processing system that left me with full strength but with seizure activity. Gee Dads dream after that was when he told me about it. I got over the PTSD. Both my wife and I are closer to GOD because of what we have been through together and endured with GOD's help.

I can look back and see doors opening at just the right places where events in our life took place. Had I not heard what I heard and it strengthened me? GOD provided for my needs. Yes GOD still talks to man. Man has the free will to listen and obey saying thy will be done or ignore.

No not everyone has these type of experiences. Why some do and some don't? That's GOD's business not mine. I don't believe it is wise to discount obvious miracles happening in a persons life when they produce good fruits and show GOD's Glory. When you are in trials and tribulations if He doesn't deliver you from it He is there with you in it to help you through.

117 posted on 10/09/2012 2:52:01 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: married21
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I think this surgeon may be more like the woman Jesus met at the well, than like a preacher in the pulpit. Her testimony was powerful precisely because she was the last person you would think of having a spiritual transformation.

Could well be that. Like Thomas what else would convince him but a being shown. GOD has plans for the man and it may involve more than a book. Doctors interact with many on a daily basis incuding patients they treat. A seed was planted obviously.

118 posted on 10/09/2012 2:58:05 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I have heard of several “hell” stories. You could probably google (or bing) them.

Thanks! I did check some of them out.

119 posted on 10/09/2012 5:06:05 AM PDT by fso301
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To: little jeremiah
Oh, there are ones like that. But most people who see a hellish situation don’t publicize their visions or experiences.

Thanks! I did check some of them out.

120 posted on 10/09/2012 5:06:53 AM PDT by fso301
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To: cva66snipe

Good stories for George Noory at Coast to Coast AM. I don’t buy NDE stories.


121 posted on 10/09/2012 8:43:37 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: WilliamIII

How beautiful our Blessed Mother is: It gets stranger still. For most of my journey, someone else was with me. A woman. She was young, and I remember what she looked like in complete detail. She had high cheekbones and deep-blue eyes. Golden brown tresses framed her lovely face. When first I saw her, we were riding along together on an intricately patterned surface, which after a moment I recognized as the wing of a butterfly. In fact, millions of butterflies were all around us—vast fluttering waves of them, dipping down into the woods and coming back up around us again. It was a river of life and color, moving through the air. The woman’s outfit was simple, like a peasant’s, but its colors—powder blue, indigo, and pastel orange-peach—had the same overwhelming, super-vivid aliveness that everything else had. She looked at me with a look that, if you saw it for five seconds, would make your whole life up to that point worth living, no matter what had happened in it so far. It was not a romantic look. It was not a look of friendship. It was a look that was somehow beyond all these, beyond all the different compartments of love we have down here on earth. It was something higher, holding all those other kinds of love within itself while at the same time being much bigger than all of them.


122 posted on 10/09/2012 10:17:05 AM PDT by mgist
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To: Salvation

Look up <”Dr. Maurice Rawlings,Sr”


123 posted on 10/09/2012 10:32:39 AM PDT by rxtn41
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To: WilliamIII; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Stories like this make you wanna die.
Honey, will you drive me to the bridge?


124 posted on 10/09/2012 10:33:07 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Gonna drive your Cadillac off a bridge?
125 posted on 10/09/2012 10:54:46 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: AmericanSamurai
Good stories for George Noory at Coast to Coast AM. I don’t buy NDE stories

Then you would have to toss out the writings of Paul and John in The Bible as well as well. It doesn't matter what state the persons body is when GOD has a message or revelation for them. What matters is the message, listening, and praying, for understanding of the message in which The Holy Spirit will lead one to the truth and meaning.

Do you also reject that still GOD speaks too and works through any individual man? Is it or is it not Jesus Christ who conquered death, hell, and the grave? It is He who has authority over it right? Who then are we to limit or say that he can't do this or that in someone elses life? It may be for the individual persons sake, for someone elses sake the person will witness too, or to The Glory of GOD for the sake of His Gospel.

Which part of us does The Lord minister too? Which part is eternal? Which part of us lives though we die? Who has the power and authority over life in our physical form as to even our next heartbeat? Who can give us life or take it away? Yet GOD who has that power can not speak to one who is clinically dead? I find that very hard to believe that he can't. Most persons who survive this come out of it much stronger in faith. BTW the doctor had a chance to either accept or reject what was told him.

What does The Bible show us about what GOD can do with the dead?

Matthew 27:51-53 The earth shook, rocks split apart, tombs opened, and the bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the cemetery, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.

Looks like the dead can indeed be brought to life as a witness. I do sometimes wonder what they said.

126 posted on 10/09/2012 2:35:19 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: WilliamIII; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens. But to be subjected to heavenly choirs for eternity 24/7, it would be like listening to the horrible art rock of the 1970s, ya know Pink Floyd, Genesis, EL&P, etc, torture, no thank you.

I guess we’ll never know. Lazarus, as I recall, wouldn’t go on talk shows and declined all book advances.


127 posted on 10/09/2012 6:12:01 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

My gran is very, very old. I mean very. She said one day that she saw two men in white robes at the end of her bed and they said, “It’s not time, yet.”

I mean she is very old and lives at home.

As for me. I have seen the shimmering beings when a person (who was a satanist online) said that they were going to “take care of me.”

Everyone can go ahead an scoff. But there’s a lot we don’t know.


128 posted on 10/09/2012 8:25:08 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: Misterioso
I can even imagine it not existing.

How sad for you.

129 posted on 10/09/2012 8:35:17 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: TalBlack

My Grandmother passed away in an assisted living home. Their was no indication that she would be passing away anytime soon...However, the night she died...the night attendant stated she was talking to people that were not their...particularly her beloved husband who died decades before...


130 posted on 10/10/2012 6:36:37 AM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: Winstons Julia

No scoffing from me. Believing in the God of the Bible necessitates a belief in the supernatural world described therein. Sometimes, circumstances give us a glimpse of that world.


131 posted on 10/10/2012 8:57:56 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: I want the USA back; Lazamataz; Nea Wood; WilliamIII

I don’t automatically believe nor automatically disbelieve what is called “private revelation.”

St. Hildegard of Bingen had them on for over 70 years, and they weren’t “near-death” experiences either: they were intense visions that came to her, on and off, through all 5 senses, from age 3 until her death at age 81.

Even she did not consider them automatically worthy of belief, and for a long time didn’t know if they were a delusion or a gift.

I admire her sane and balanced point of view. God is capable of giving us visions; on the other hand, the brain itself is inconceivably complex, and capable of engendering convincingly fantastic other worlds.

But I want to ask the doctrinaire atheists this question: why and how would unaided materialistic evolution -— you know, that mechanistic process totally defined by survival and reproductive fitness -— have given us such powerful, apparently otherworldly, perceptions, capacities, and drives?

I ask you.


132 posted on 10/10/2012 10:00:36 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All.)
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To: Salvation

Bookmarking to read your links later :-)


133 posted on 10/10/2012 12:51:11 PM PDT by VRWCer ( They will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. - ML King)
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To: Winstons Julia

Thank you for sharing you grandma’s experience. My grandma had a very similar thing happen to her. Grandma was also very elderly and in the hospital with pneumonia. She told us that two women dressed in white robes were coming and standing at the foot of her bed every night, she knew they were angels. Grandma passed away shortly thereafter.


134 posted on 10/10/2012 6:27:13 PM PDT by ragmop
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To: I want the USA back

Just what I was thinking. Where does this guy get off claiming he was in the afterlife when wasn’t dead? After-life..What does that word imply? Oh yes.. dead. Yep, I read it again...Nowhere in this article does it claim he was dead. 32 years ago I took LSD and had visions of heaven and God, but as far as I remember I wasn’t dead at the time as well.


135 posted on 10/14/2012 9:21:32 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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