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  • 3 Easter Parables: Why Those Who Abide in Christ Needn’t Fear Death

    04/16/2017 7:00:06 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 3 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 16, 2017 | JP
    Jesus often used parables to teach lessons. Well here are three modern-day parables concerning the lives and deaths of Wanda Dunn, Eddie Maintenance and Jack Shephard. Each parable reinforces the lesson of Easter: That the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Wanda was a lonely old woman who dared not set foot outside of her one-room basement apartment for fear that death awaited her one the other side of her front door. One day there was a scuffle outside Wanda’s apartment during which a policeman was shot. When she peered through her window, Wanda saw...
  • Pope: Eternal Damnation "Is Not a Torture Chamber", but Being Eternally Distant from God

    11/25/2016 3:22:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 85 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/25/16
    Never talk with the devil, he is a "liar" and "swindler", "seeking our ruin" and for "this will be thrown into the abyss." If "we open our hearts", as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "joy and salvation."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Eternal damnation "is not a torture chamber," but distance for ever from God, from the "God who gives happiness". But if "we open our hearts," as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "the joy and salvation” said Pope Francis at Mass this morning in Santa...
  • On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying

    11/07/2016 8:15:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Paradoxical Beauty of Dying Msgr. Charles Pope • November 6, 2016 • As most of you know, the Washington, D.C. City Council recently took a step toward legalizing physician-assisted suicide for those with less than six months to live.Although I have written elsewhere about the dangerous implications of this legislation, in today’s post I want to stand up for the dying, at home and in nursing homes, the fully lucid and those with advanced Alzheimer’s, those who are moving toward death relatively painlessly and those who are suffering.As a priest, it has been my privilege to accompany...
  • Fewer Americans Believe in God — Yet They Still Believe in Afterlife

    03/22/2016 9:00:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/22/2016 | Maggie Fox
    Fewer Americans say they believe in God or pray regularly — yet more people believe in an afterlife nonetheless, a new study finds. It's a generational thing, with millennials the least likely generation to say they're religious or to take the Bible literally, the team at San Diego State University, Florida Atlantic University and Case Western Reserve University found. "In recent years, fewer Americans prayed, believed in God, took the Bible literally, attended religious services, identified as religious, affiliated with a religion, or had confidence in religious institutions," the team wrote in the journal Sage Open. "The large declines in...
  • Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus

    11/02/2015 6:56:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 528 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Purgatory is Based on a Promise of Jesus’ Msgr. Charles Pope • November 1, 2015 • All Souls’ Day by Jakub Schikaneder, 1888I have blogged before on Purgatory. Here is a link to one of those blogs: Purgatory – Biblical and Reasonable. I have also written more extensively on its biblical roots here: PDF Document on Purgatory.On this Feast of All Souls, I want to reflect on Purgatory as the necessary result of a promise. Many people think of Purgatory primarily in terms of punishment, but it is also important to consider it in terms of promise, purity, and perfection....
  • Near-death experience, Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect...

    09/19/2015 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 130 replies
    OSV.com ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Near-death experience Many stories of those who tell of the phenomenon often don’t reflect what we know through Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope 9/16/2015 Question: I read a book by an author who had a near-death experience and claims that God told him that one’s belief system was irrelevant. This seems like New Age indifferentism. Can you comment on near-death phenomena and what this author said?— Bob Tisovich, Ely, Minnesota Answer: Near-death experiences (NDEs) seem to be a rather widely reported phenomenon with certain common features. One has an “out of body” experience with a reported capacity to see oneself...
  • Where are the Dead?

    09/19/2015 12:27:54 PM PDT · by American Faith Today · 46 replies
    American Faith Today ^ | September 19,2015 | American Faith Today
    Today I am going to be stepping away from politics and news stories for a show and I'm just going to talk about this subject of what happens and where we go when we die, according to the bible. This is an important subject for many people and it brings along with it many questions and much uncertainty. Today hopefully I'll ease some of that uncertainty if you have it, and hopefully help you realize that for those of us who do, we serve a Living God. That same God loves His children very much. Naturally, He wants to be...
  • Who Says There is No Proof of Life After Death?

    08/09/2015 12:20:13 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 9, 2015 | JP
    Ivan Turing is a tech billionaire. Dr. Carolyn Tyler is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Their divine appointment informs the plot of “Proof,” a dramatic series with decidedly religious overtones, which airs on TNT. Turing, played by the actor Matthew Modine, is terminally ill. He wants to know whether there is life after death. So he recruits Tyler, played by the actress Jennifer Beals, to investigate. The surgeon reluctantly agrees. But only after the billionaire (who bears a striking similarity to the late Steve Jobs) makes her an offer she can’t refuse – leaving his vast fortune after he dies to the...
  • What it means to be Awake! Plato's Allegory of the cave.

    01/03/2011 8:16:12 PM PST · by Errant · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3 Jan, 2010 | Kittenkattan
    A short video presentation of Plato's (Socrates') Allegory of the cave.
  • Scientists have found “hidden” brain activity that can indicate if a vegetative patient is aware

    10/17/2014 1:23:47 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 31 replies
    The new research could help doctors to quickly identify patients who are aware despite appearing unresponsive and unable to communicate. Researchers from University of Cambridge in the UK have identified hidden networks in vegetative patients that could support consciousness, even when a patient appear to be unresponsive. There’s been a lot of interest lately into how much patients in vegetative states, such as comas, are aware of their surroundings. Recently, research involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning has shown that even patients who are unable to respond or move are able to carry out mental tasks, such as imagining...
  • Beyond Goodbye: Are shared-death experiences real?

    12/27/2014 9:32:14 AM PST · by NYer · 125 replies
    cnn ^ | December 26, 2014 | John Blake
    <p>William Peters was working as a volunteer in a hospice when he had a strange encounter with a dying man that changed his life.</p> <p>The man’s name was Ron, and he was a former Merchant Marine who was afflicted with stomach cancer. Peters says he would spend up to three hours a day at Ron’s bedside, talking to and reading adventure stories to him because few family or friends visited.</p>
  • World's Largest-ever Study Of Near-Death Experiences

    09/11/2008 7:45:51 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 229+ views
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | Sep. 10, 2008 | N/A
    World's Largest-ever Study Of Near-Death Experiences ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2008) — The University of Southampton is launching the world's largest-ever study of near-death experiences this week. The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton - an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical death. The study is led by Dr Sam Parnia, an expert in the field of consciousness during clinical death, together with Dr Peter Fenwick and Professors Stephen Holgate and Robert Peveler of the University...
  • Hallucinatory Neurophysics [the mathematics of visual hallucinations and NDE's]

    02/05/2005 3:03:55 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 23 replies · 2,765+ views
    Preposterous Universe blog ^ | February 4, 2005 | Sean Carroll
    Friday, February 04, 2005 Hallucinatory Neurophysics Everyone knows what it's like to experience the hallucinations that accompany certain kinds of drug use (among other mind-altering contexts) -- if not from direct experience, at least from depictions in movies and literature. We've seen the colorful, swirling patterns, or the illusory tunnels stretching before us. It turns out that hallucinations are by no means random; there are certain recurrent patterns reported by people who experience them. These patterns were studied by Heinrich Kluever in the 1920's and 30's, and classified into four different structures: spirals, spokes, honeycombs, and cobwebs. Subsequent work has...
  • Beyond brain death

    03/14/2002 3:59:58 PM PST · by restornu · 10 replies · 238+ views
    http://www.near-death.com/reynolds.html ^ | October 17, 2001 | Pam Reynolds
    Beyond brain death Beyond brain death Pam Reynolds' near-death experience Michael Sabom is a cardiologist whose latest book, Light and Death, includes a detailed medical and scientific analysis of an amazing near-death experience of a patient named Pam Reynolds who underwent a highly unusual operation in which the patient is "flatlined" in order to perform a particular operation - in this case, brain surgery. A portion of this case is summarized below. Thirty-five year old Pam Reynolds was being operated on for a giant basilar artery aneurysm. A weakness in the wall of the large artery at the base of...
  • ‘Everything Is Ready Now’: A Near-Death Experience

    04/04/2015 10:01:56 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    ‘Everything Is Ready Now’: A Near-Death Experience by RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS April 4, 2015 [America's Pre-Eminent Lutheran Theologian And Convert To Catholicism Writes...] NOTE: The following piece is excerpted from an essay, “Born Toward Dying,” that originally appeared in the February 2000 issue of First Things and became the basis for the book As I Lay Dying: Meditations upon Returning. The operation took several hours and was an unspeakable mess. The tumor had expanded to rupture the intestine; blood, fecal matter, and guts all over the place. My stomach was sliced open from the rib cage down to the pubic...
  • Biggest Scientific Study Suggests Life after Death

    10/14/2014 9:48:40 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 23 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 14 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    "First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever scientific study", headlines The Telegraph, going on to say: "Southampton University scientists have found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after clinical death which was previously thought impossible". Does this prove that there is life after death and that God exists? Of course not, but it shows without a shadow of a doubt that there are many phenomena and events that science doesn't explain about the nature of consciousness and of the mind in general. Someone's answer to that migtht be that science will one day...
  • Life After Death: 'Near-Death Experience' Study Shows Awareness Continues After Brain Shutdown

    10/07/2014 7:42:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    IB Times ^ | 10/07/2014 | Lydia Smith
    Researchers conducting the largest ever study into near-death experiences have discovered that awareness may continue even after the brain has shut down, revealing more about what happens when we die. Scientists at the University of Southampton studied more than 2,000 people who suffered cardiac arrests at 15 hospitals across Britain, Austria and the United States. Around 40% of patients who survived described "awareness" during the time before their hearts were restarted, when they were clinically dead. One 57-year-old man, a social worker from Southampton, described the noise of the machines and what the medical staff were doing during this time....
  • Electrical signatures of consciousness in the dying brain

    08/26/2013 5:09:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    e! Science News ^ | August 12, 2013 | NA
    The "near-death experience" reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan Health System. Whether and how the dying brain is capable of generating conscious activity has been vigorously debated. But in this week's PNAS Early Edition, a U-M study shows shortly after clinical death, in which the heart stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain, rats display brain activity patterns characteristic of conscious perception. "This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain," says lead study...
  • Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain'

    08/13/2013 10:32:12 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 84 replies
    A surge of electrical activity in the brain could be responsible for the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors, scientists report. A study carried out on dying rats found high levels of brainwaves at the point of the animals' demise. US researchers said that in humans this could give rise to a heightened state of consciousness
  • Near-Death Experiences: 30 Years of Research - A neurosurgeon’s perspective

    10/16/2011 1:19:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 113 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | October 16, 2011 | Stephanie Lam
    DURHAM, N.C.—Eben Alexander was your typical neurosurgeon. A firm believer of scientific reductionism, he thought that all thoughts originate from the brain. But this changed in 2008 when he encountered a case of near-death experience (NDE). As much as it was the complete opposite of his previous views, he couldn’t dismiss or avoid the case—it was none other than his own experience, and he had to face it and search for an explanation. Having contracted acute bacterial meningitis, which damages the neocortex—the part of the brain that is thought to involve complex cognitive functions like conscious thought—Alexander went into a...