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  • Do Dogs Go to Heaven...?

    09/11/2014 3:09:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 76 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Church-sign war!  h/t Kirby
  • Born with a hole in her heart, she saw Jesus before angels carried her home

    06/13/2014 4:04:55 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    GodReports ^ | June 10, 2014 | Mark Ellis
    No one guessed little Giselle had a heart problem until a routine doctor’s check-up at seven months old. But her short, joy-filled life ended with visions of Jesus and heaven, a comfort to those who loved her most. “I don’t know why Giselle was born this way,” says Tamrah Janulis, Giselle’s mother. “That’s one of the questions I will ask God.” At seven months, doctors discovered a congenital heart defect known as tetralogy of Fallot, the most common cause of blue baby syndrome. Tamrah and husband Joe were completely surprised when doctors informed them that Giselle lacked a pulmonary valve...
  • How Hitler and Judas could end up in heaven

    06/04/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 262 replies
    The Week ^ | 06/04/2014 | Damon Linker
    In certain schools of Christian thought, hell is not everlasting, but a more painful form of purgatory. M any Christians presume that hell is a place where brutally painful punishments are inflicted on evildoers for an indefinite, and perhaps infinite, amount of time in the afterlife. Think of a medieval torture chamber with no exit — or fire extinguishers. But this, as I argued in a recent column, makes no theological sense. If morality is good, then doing the right thing must be its own reward and doing the wrong thing must be its own punishment. To think that a...
  • "Heaven is for Real" and the Gospel of Life

    05/18/2014 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at thecatholicthing.org I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is doing, especially the touchy-feely spiritual ones. Maybe it’s the snob in me, or, really, I just don’t like to do what the culture is doing. But this time, I made an exception. The story is about the near-death experience of a four-year-old named Colton Burpo, a pastor’s son from Nebraska. I’ll say up front that I didn’t care much for...
  • 48 Hours In Hell

    05/07/2014 10:00:03 PM PDT · by OneVike · 109 replies
    Gospel Tract and Bible Society ^ | 1888 | John W. Reynolds
    One of the most interesting cases of resuscitation that ever came to my knowledge was that of George Lennox, a notorious horse thief of Jefferson County. He was serving his second term. Sedgwick County sent him to the prison the first time for a similar offense - stealing horses. During the winter of 1887 and 1888 he worked in the coal mines. The place where he was laboring seemed dangerous to him. He reported the fact to the officer in charge, who made an examination, and deciding that the room was safe, ordered Lennox back to his work. The...
  • How Should Christians Think About Near-Death Experiences?

    05/01/2014 3:20:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Patheos Philosophical Fragments ^ | February 14, 2013 | Timothy Dalrymple
    A recent piece I wrote on hell was inspired, in part, by the story of 23 Minutes in Hell, an account from a gentleman named Bill Wiese of a nighttime experience in which, he believed, he was permitted to experience hell for a short period of time in order to return to the land of the living and tell everyone that hell is for real. MY own post was not a careful exegetical treatment of the issue of damnation, but a description of a personal struggle between the vision of the afterlife I have inherited from my evangelical upbringing and...
  • To Hell and Back

    ...The experience of Ronald Reagan - (not associated with ex-President Reagan)He had his little boy with him while going to a 7-11 store. He got into an argument, and there was a bottle broken, and he was stabbed multiple times by his assailant..."In 1972 my life was broken. I was a drug addict. I was a criminal. My family was broken..."'You need Jesus!'"As he was talking to me, it happened that the ambulance literally blew up in flames..."
  • HOLY WEEK SERIES He Was Despised...Isaiah 53 pt 4

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.(Isaiah 53:1-3)It is the climax of human history, the apocalypse, the very...
  • A Real-life Spiritual Journey is Brought to the Big Screen in Heaven is for Real

    04/16/2014 7:10:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | John Hanlon
    There are few people who know pain as heart-wrenching as a parent who believes that he or she could be losing a child. In the new film Heaven is for Real, the parents of Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) feel that pain. After a series of troubling events, that couple face that pain as they watch and wait to see if their son Colton will survive after his appendix ruptures and he’s brought into the hospital for an operation. In the weeks prior, Colton’s father Todd (Greg Kinnear) — a minister in the local Church— had faced several health crises of...
  • His Résumé Before the Age of 4: "I Saw Jesus on a Horse"

    04/16/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeannette Catsoulis
    The wooing of religious moviegoers — a delicate operation, as the “Noah” backlash attests — has been ramping up lately, with major players like Ridley Scott and Ben Kingsley mining the Bible for box office gold. But if there’s such a thing as a safe bet in this genre, it’s “Heaven Is for Real,” a Christian sermon that even the most doctrinaire believer can applaud.
  • This life in the modern world vs. the next (vanity)

    04/12/2014 8:22:28 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    We live in a time and place that's very prosperous and where our "human rights" are respected and the importance of having our basic needs met is regarded. Does all this actually work against people, though, however, in that God Himself promises that unless one repents and trusts in His Son for salvation, life in the next world will be spent in Hell, where such rights and needs aren't respected?
  • The Cherubim and The Gospels...Rev 4-6 pt 6

    And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:7-8)John saw four “Living Beings”, called “beasts” in the King James Version, worshipping the Holy and Sovereign God in antiphon. The description of the...
  • What Else Did He See There?...Rev 4-6 pt 5

    And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.And the four beasts had...
  • The Ungodly Are Not So...Psalm 1 pt 3

    ...the ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.(Psalm 1:4-6)Psalm One is a wisdom psalm. The Spirit shows us by contrast the difference between the truly happy man, and his antithesis, the ungodly. In the sparest of language, two ways of life are shown side by side, the essence of the truly happy and of the miserable. The ungodly are...
  • Manufacturer, Recalls All Active Models

    03/04/2014 9:06:52 PM PST · by OneVike · 19 replies
    TRC Magazine facebook page ^ | 3/4/14 | Chuck Ness
    It is being reported that the Manufacturer of all human beings is in the process of recalling all active units. The Maker of this product has determined that regardless of make or year, the product needs to have it's main energy source retrofitted, due to a serious defect in the unit's primary component. When asked exactly what the problem with the primary component was, the Manufacturer informed us that the heart of the problem is the heart, and that He has sent out representatives to help with the recall. The Manufacturer is also informing us that the defect which...
  • How far is Heaven ? There is a WAY ! Joyful worship and praise which confuses the enemy !

    02/27/2014 6:13:23 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    My kingdom is Joy construsted( trustfully constructed) in you, As you rejoice and praise me for all the things that I do! My joy "is" your strength but even more ! For literally it is Heaven's door, The very structure of of my kingdom's expanse, Taste it,then drink it :o===~~~ don't just take a glance, For truly it is my Spring rising up in you \o/ \8/ ( ( ( \8/ ) ) ), As you praise me in worship I shall renew \o/ , Every cell and essence of your body and soul, My spirit in you shall cause...
  • What does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/14/2012 2:24:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, What does heaven cost? And, Am I willing to pay it?I. Problematic Pondering. A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Now, his question is a good one, but it is problematic, because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. For, he wonders what he, himself, must do to attain eternal life.The problem is, none of us have the holiness or the spiritual wealth or power to attain heaven based merely on what we do. The kind...
  • I’m Gonna Ride the Chariot in the Morning Lord! – A Sermon for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/10/2013 2:11:50 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese. of Washington ^ | 11/10/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings today, the Church presents for us a strong reminder and teaching on the resurrection. Jesus himself leads the charge against those who would deny the resurrection from the dead and the seven Brothers of the first reading along with their mother bring up the rear. Let’s take a look at what we are taught in three stages.I. Ridicule of the Resurrection - The Gospel opens with the observation that Some Sadducees, who deny there is a resurrection, came forward and put [a] question to Jesus. These Sadducees propose to Jesus a ridiculous example about a woman who...
  • Angels are Awesome. But Please, Let’s Have a More Biblical Understanding of the Them

    09/29/2010 11:23:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/28/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Scripture consistently affirms the existence of the Angels. Today is the feast of the Archangels. We know of three of them and their names mean something: Michael (Who is Like God?!), Gabriel (God is Strong) and Raphael (God Heals).   The Catechism of the Catholic Church has much to say on angels. Here are just a few verses: The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels….In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God….From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. “Beside each believer...
  • [CATHOLIC/ORTHODOX CAUCUS] The Feast of the Assumption Is Our Feast Too

    08/14/2010 8:32:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/14/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    This year we are privileged to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven on a Sunday. Let’s ponder this feast in three stages:1. Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into heaven. We do not just acknowledge that her soul was taken to heaven,  as is the case with all the rest of the faithful who are taken there (likely after purgation). Rather Mary was taken up, soul AND body into heaven...
  • Former CCM Singer Turned Secular Pop Star Katy Perry: ‘I Don’t Believe in Heaven or Hell’

    12/30/2013 7:02:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 86 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | 12/29/13 | Heather Clark
    In a recent interview with Marie Claire Magazine, pop star Katy Perry, a former contemporary Christian artist, announced that she no longer believes in Heaven or Hell nor professes to be a Christian. “I don’t believe in a Heaven or a Hell, or an old man sitting on a throne,” she advised the magazine. “I believe in a higher power bigger than me because that keeps me accountable. Accountability is rare to find, especially with people like myself, because nobody wants to tell you something you don’t want to hear.” “I’m not Buddhist, I’m not Hindu, I’m not Christian, but...
  • Ho Hum on Heaven? Not only have many lost a proper fear of Hell, but also a deep longing for Heaven.

    10/31/2013 11:51:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/31/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Many years ago I was taught that the essence of heaven is the Beatific Vision. That is, one will look upon the glorious and radiant face of God, and find in that look the fulfillment of all desires, and a joy (beatus) beyond all telling.And surely this description remains both true and worth repeating. However, I have noticed that some get stuck on the the word “vision” and to some extent on the word “face,” and tend to reduce the experience to a kind of “static” (unchanging) vision.For our experience of the “face” of another is that it does not...
  • Value Your Soul...Mark 8 pt 6

    12/19/2013 8:55:28 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my...
  • Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Nudged 1,000 People to Leave Mars Hill Bible Church, Says Successor

    11/19/2013 3:00:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation founded by author Rob Bell, lost about 1,000 people over their former pastor's controversial 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, according to the Grandville, Mich., megachurch's new pastor Kent Dobson. Dobson was chosen by Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to replace Bell, who founded the congregation in 1999. "There was a lot of drama with (Bell's book) Love Wins and that season feels like it's over. This year has been one of sort of settling down a bit and re-identifying our...
  • Is There an ‘A-List’ in Heaven?

    11/17/2013 7:49:23 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 86 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 17, 2013 | JP
    In a letter to newly planted churches in the Roman provinces of Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia, the Apostle Paul explained how lost souls might receive the gift of God, which is eternal life through Jesus Christ. “If,” he advised, “you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Many, if not most, of us have received the gift of salvation; have the promise of everlasting life. We look forward to heaven, which the Book of Revelation describes as having twelve gates of pearl and...
  • Does The Book of Job Say that Satan Visits Heaven?

    11/09/2013 9:17:25 AM PST · by ComtedeMaistre · 81 replies
    One of the strangest parts of the Bible is Job 1:6 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+1&version=GNT [When the day came for the heavenly beings to appear before the Lord, Satan was there among them. The Lord asked him, “What have you been doing?”] This part suggests that Satan visits heaven. Satan, of course, began as a full time resident of heaven, before he was expelled from heaven. It seems that he retains visiting rights. It is this passage that led Mormons to teach that Jesus and Satan started out as brothers. We do know that Lucifer/Satan was the most senior of the Angels, with...
  • Former religious skeptic believes she talked to God during the 9 minutes she was dead

    10/27/2013 4:21:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 26, 2013 | Ashley Collman
    An Oklahoma woman says she's a firm believer in God after meeting him during the nine minutes she died in 2009. Crystal McVea is a 36-year-old married school teacher and mother of four who didn't quite believe in God for most of her life. At the age of three, McVea started to be sexually abused by her drug and alcohol-addicted step father and that abuse continued by him and others until the age of 12. Those experiences made her second guess from a young age whether or not God existed, and if he did, whether he loved her. 'I saw...
  • living in a state of glory [Mormon message consequences of sin]

    10/11/2013 12:26:55 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    MarkCares.net ^ | Oct. 10, 2013 | Mark Cares
    One of the pamphlets LDS missionaries hand out is entitled, “The Plan of Salvation”. As it title indicates, it summarizes Mormonism’s plan of salvation. Interestingly, when it deals with eternity, it only mentions the LDS three kingdoms of glory. There is no mention of hell or outer darkness. Rather it states: “After you are judged, you will live in a state of glory. Because everyone’s works and desires vary, heaven includes different kingdoms, or degrees of glory.” (p.14) Note, as that states, the kingdoms are all part of heaven. With that in mind listen to whom, according to Mormonism, inhabits...
  • I Want to Make Heaven My Home: what an ancient Biblical event can teach us about life today

    09/25/2013 3:13:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 24, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In daily Mass for the past number of days we’ve been reading from the books of Nehemiah and Ezra. These books deal with the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonian captivity.Most modern-day Christians have only a passing knowledge of these aspects of ancient Jewish history and these events may seem to have little to say to us. But in fact, they speak quite powerfully of very important human struggles today. Thus, a review of these historical events seems in order, as well as an application of them to our life and struggles today.To begin, the Jewish people, as...
  • Pope: Don't have to believe in God to go the Heaven

    09/12/2013 1:29:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 125 replies
    WND ^ | 16 hours ago
    In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go...
  • Do Those Who Commit Suicide Go to Heaven?

    04/09/2013 1:22:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 137 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/09/2013 | James Watkins
    "I'm sitting here with a loaded shotgun. I want my family back or I pull the trigger," Al* threatened over the phone. "And don't call the cops. I'll kill them before I let them put me in some institution." What could I say to this troubled parishioner? His wife and son had left him, he had been demoted at work, and he felt the church was unsupportive of him. "Well, God loves you and I love you." "Yah, yah. But if I commit suicide, I'll go to hell! Right?" Al's question brought up the age-old question: Do Christians who commit...
  • 4 Truths About Hell Is the doctrine of hell incompatible with the way of Jesus Christ?

    04/06/2013 10:46:39 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 223 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-6-13 | Tom Ascol
    Believing the truth about hell also motivates us to persuade people to be reconciled to God. By God’s grace those of us who are trusting Christ have been rescued from this horrible destiny. How can we love people and refuse to speak plainly to them about the realities of eternal damnation and God’s gracious provision of salvation? Clearer visions of hell will give us greater love for both God and people. “There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that He believed in hell.” So wrote the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell...
  • Charlotte-born doctor talks about time in heaven

    03/30/2013 8:04:20 PM PDT · by boatbums · 59 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 03/29/2013 | Tim Funk
    Last Friday night (March 22), March Madness was in its televised glory. And Taylor Swift was singing and strumming at Time Warner Cable Arena. Despite such competition, Christ Episcopal Church managed to draw 1,100 people. The attraction: A doctor describing his time in heaven. Not just any doctor. Sitting on stage, answering questions from the Rev. Chip Edens, the church’s rector, was Dr. Eben Alexander. He’s a Charlotte native who wrote “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.” His book is such a mega-seller that he has talked to Oprah – and Universal Pictures won a bidding war...
  • The Book -- Proof of Heaven Isn’t… Still… (I found the book to be oddly believable)

    01/21/2013 6:58:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/21/2013 | Andrew Klavan
    Proof of Heaven is the sort of book I almost never read, but I'm glad I made an exception. I don't really follow the whole Near Death Experience, is-there-or-isn't-there-an-afterlife debate. I've come to believe there is more to life than life, but I don’t think about it much. Life itself seems a pretty urgent business and I want to pay attention to it before it's gone. If there's nothing afterwards, I'll never know. If there is, I've got an excellent lawyer.But a friend gave me the book for Christmas. I started it, and found it weirdly compelling. As you’ve...
  • Vanity: Was Mary "assumed into heaven? Catholic Dogma and Scripture

    01/12/2013 9:45:29 AM PST · by count-your-change · 116 replies
    Although once considered a binding "probable opinion" by the Catholic church, in 1950 the belief that the virgin Mary war taken into heaven "body and soul" was declared dogma for Catholic believers. As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes in agreement with the Catechism of the Catholic church: (Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and in the West; according to Benedict XIV (De Festis B.V.M., I, viii, 18) it is a probable opinion, which to deny were impious and blasphemous.) (Note: By promulgating the Bull Munificentissimus Deus, 1 November, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared...
  • The Peaks And Valleys Of Obama's Presidency

    12/06/2012 9:55:08 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-6-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    11/16/2012 4:23:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    http://blog.adw.org/ ^ | November 16,2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy: He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. (Phil 3:19) I once spoke with an older woman who wasn’t all that pleased to hear that her body was going to rise and be joined again to her soul: “Oh, Father, you don’t mean this old decrepit body?! If this body has to rise I am hoping for an improved model!” Yes! I think...
  • God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

    10/17/2012 5:32:20 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 79 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 10/17/2012 | Michael Peabody
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 [caption id="attachment_5052" align="alignright" width="215" caption=""The Water Torture.— Facsimile of a Woodcut in J. Damhoudère's Praxis Rerum Criminalium: in 4to, Antwerp, 1556.""][/caption] Pouring water over the covered face of an immobilized person is a brutal thing to do. The captive experiences severe pain and an overwhelming sensation of drowning. Some victims have even been known to break their bones as they struggle against the restraints. But waterboarding is nothing compared with what American theologian...
  • Afterlife Exists Says Top Brain Surgeon

    10/10/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 71 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | October 10, 2012 | Mark Hughes
    Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis. During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death." In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a "place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones" and "shimmering beings".
  • Afterlife exists says top brain surgeon [says he was there during coma]

    10/09/2012 8:08:49 PM PDT · by grundle · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 9, 2012 | Mark Hughes
    Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis. During his illness Dr Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion "shut down" and that he then experienced "something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death." In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a "place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones" and "shimmering beings". He...
  • Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife

    10/08/2012 3:01:21 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 134 replies
    Newsweek/Daily Beast ^ | Oct 8 2012 | Eban Alexander
    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,...
  • Is Anyone Hellbound?

    10/03/2012 10:14:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/03/2012 | Michael Brown
    The new documentary Hellbound? has reignited discussion about the perennial topic of hell as well as revealed some very bizarre perspectives. Kevin Miller, the film’s director, who identifies as a Christian, stated in an interview that, regarding the traditional view of hell as a place of fiery torment, “I don’t see anything in the Bible that would lead me to believe that such a place exists.” Instead, according to Miller, when Jesus talked about hell, he was talking about the here and now. Really? Jesus didn’t warn about a place of judgment to come? And Director Miller gets his denial...
  • ‘Grandma not in heaven’ boy reports

    09/10/2012 1:50:39 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 55 replies
    APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — Four-year-old Jeremy Werdt says he went to heaven during emergency spleen surgery, and his testimony of seeing Jesus and deceased relatives thrilled his Christian family and landed him a book contract. Then Jeremy revealed to his family that Wanda Spencer, his maternal grandmother, was not in heaven after all. “To have Jeremy back and talking about this amazing experience of being with the Lord was the most wonderful day of our lives,” says his mother, Brenda. “He named all the relatives he’d seen and we just sat there crying. Then, after a while, we realized...
  • Some labeling Hasan terrorist [Fort Hood massacre]

    08/13/2012 1:33:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    San Antonio-Express News ^ | August 13, 2012 | Sig Christenson
    FORT HOOD — A string of witnesses in an evidentiary hearing identified Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan as the triggerman at a Fort Hood deployment center that left 45 dead and injured. As his trial nears almost three years later, few here argue over his guilt. They wonder why a psychiatrist would gun down fellow soldiers. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock can explain it. He calls Hasan a domestic terrorist, something prosecutors have never claimed, and says those avoiding the term are indulging in political correctness. “Believe me, my friend, if somebody had jumped up and said, ‘Praise God and...
  • Alan Chambers of Exodus International Revives Debate: Can Gay Christians Go to Heaven?

    07/15/2012 5:46:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/15/2012 | By Lillian Kwon
    Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, which up until now had supported the so-called gay "cure," isn't fazed by a call from an evangelical scholar for his resignation. In fact, he's heard it many times before. "Someone's always calling for my resignation. It's nothing new," he told The Christian Post on Thursday. "So he can add his voice to the chorus of others whether it's gay activists or now a New Testament professor." But this time, the concern isn't centered so much on the practice of reparative therapy – which aims to change a person's sexual orientation from gay to...
  • Meanwhile at The Pearly Gates of Heaven...

    07/10/2012 9:31:42 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 10, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Saint Peter was guarding the Pearly Gates when two guys wearing hoodies approached. He peered cautiously out through the Gates and told them, "Uh, wait here- I'll be right back." Saint Peter then entered The Lord's chambers and described to him who was waiting at the entrance. 'Peter, how many times do I have to remind you not to pre-judge people who show up to enter Heaven?' said God. "We are all brothers and loved here." The saint let out a heavy sigh and returned to his post. Peter almost immediately returned to God's chambers and said, 'Well Lord,...
  • THE TOP TEN MOST SURPRISING 'MORMON TEACHINGS' ABOUT MORMON HEAVEN and AFTER-LIFE [Vanity]

    07/04/2012 2:04:01 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 124 replies
    Colofornian | July 4, 2012 | Colofornian
    The Mormon-churched owned Deseret Newspaper announced Tuesday (July 3) (for indirect link, see Deseret News Exclusive: ABC '20/20' special on 'Heaven' will include Mormon perspective [Surprises?]) that ABC's upcoming Friday Night re-airing of "Heaven: Where is it? How do we get there?" would include a new segment with Lds representative Elder William R. Walker, "a general authority who oversees the temple department, to New York City" based upon a "sit-down interview with Barbara Walters near the Manhattan Temple last month." Per the Deseret News, "The 'Heaven' special originally aired back in December 2005 and featured interviews with religious leaders from...
  • Deseret News Exclusive: ABC '20/20' special on 'Heaven' will include Mormon perspective [Surprises?]

    07/04/2012 1:09:48 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    Deseret News ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jeff Benedict
    Mitt Romney's presidential bid has generated unprecedented interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, prompting the media to dub this the "Mormon moment." This week, the church will open up on network television's biggest stage about the subject of heaven. The church dispatched Elder William R. Walker, a general authority who oversees the temple department, to New York City for a historic sit-down interview with Barbara Walters near the Manhattan Temple last month. The interview will be part of a two-hour special titled "Heaven: Where is it? How do we get there?" that will air on ABC...
  • Heaven or here!!???

    06/24/2012 4:31:46 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 27 replies
    Faith | God-inspired
    Heaven or here; where is your focus?
  • Following the Truth: Why I Cringe Every Time I Hear “Safely Home”!

    06/16/2012 5:45:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 89 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | May 29th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Why I Cringe Every Time I Hear “Safely Home”! May 29th, 2012by Gary Zimak. I do not like the poem, “Safely Home”. There, I said it, let the negative comments begin! However, before you write me off as a “nut” or someone who lacks compassion, let me explain why this seemingly comforting poem is not compatible with Catholic teaching and could actually cause your deceased loved ones to suffer needlessly. Let’s begin by looking at this poem, which is appearing on more and more Catholic prayer cards:I am home in Heaven, dear ones;Oh so happy and so bright!There is perfect...