Can people glimpse heaven when near their own death? PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Friday, 17 August 2012 09:05
Some people refer to death and dying as simply taking "a dirt nap." Sadly, they lack a faith life that believes in God or anything else beyond our earthly existence.
Humans, despite the utmost confidence of many, do not know for certain what happens at our death. Many have claimed to have near-death experiences and have shared details.
One example is the story of Jayne Smith. A 1987 documentary, "Moment of Truth: A Window On Life After Death," shares Smith's experience. She offers a detailed description of what she experienced in a "land beyond death."
Smith states, "There was nothing I was aware of except this brilliant white light. The light brought with it the most incredible feeling of total love, total safety, total protection. I was just enveloped in it."
A quote from Dr. Dianne Morrissey of her experience when she was close to death due to electrocution inspired a book title focusing on the topic of near-death experiences.
Following the initial shock, she said she viewed the electrocution scene from above her body.
"My entire spirit body was transparent, and I was inside a glowing white light that extended about three feet around me," she wrote. "My spirit was glowing with a white light that illuminated the entire room."
Morrissey said, "If I lived a billion years more, in my body or yours, there's not a single experience on Earth that could ever be as good as being dead. Nothing."
Kevin Williams titled his book on the topic, "Nothing Better Than Death."
Could these and numerous other accounts have been mere dreams or were they divine close encounters?
We may never know. Even if they were only dreams or visions, is it possible in such visions, we are in closer contact with our creator? In our dreams, our soul, our spirit is free from Earthly concerns and perhaps connects more closely with God.
If such accounts are to be accepted as divine experiences, one should also consider those people likely only got a glimpse of God's kingdom, perhaps only a portal.
A common theme among those who claim such experiences is a portal of light. Many tell of going towards the light. The light is similar in some accounts to the brilliance noted by Jesus' apostles of his transfiguration.
The light quite possibly is the visible connection to God's energy. In an previous discussion, it was noted how the soul is our personal connection to God. At our death or near death, the soul seeks to reconnect with our creator, similar as the power and attraction as if a magnetic connection.
Most people are drawn to God in their lives, one's essence through our soul still seeks that connection at our death. The light of God is beyond our earthly comprehension, the vision of God is beyond our sight, God's voice is only audible to our ears at God's discretion.
As a common hymn written by Marty Haugen resounds, "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, what God has ready for those who love him."
Haugen based his song on a biblical verse. The refrain continues, "Spirit of love, come give us the mind of Jesus, teach us the wisdom of God." (1 Corinthian 2:9).
Different translations include phrases such as "no mind has conceived," and "no heart as known."
However translated, it is the concept that we humans cannot capture the essence of the creator. God's energy cannot be contained in human terms nor visions.
The song writer pays homage to the creator of life. He also penned, "To those who see with eyes of faith the Lord is ever near; reflected in the faces of all the poor and lowly of the world."
God is amazingly present in all of us. Biblical accounts note countless stories of Jesus showing his love and compassion to those normally not seen, not heard by most people. Jesus regularly touched the marginal people of His time on Earth.
At our judgement, it is likely each of us will be amazed, astounded as God's glory is fully revealed.
Human beings like to think we know it all, we like to think we are in control.
We are not, we are merely living our lives as a gift of God's love, vast capacity and power.
"Our lives are but a single breath, we flower and we fade. Yet all our days are in Your hands, so we return in love what love has made," Haugen wrote.
Indeed at our death, most hope and pray we return to God's love. And our ongoing goal is to live our lives in that love, unseen but ever present within us. We need to focus our lives to try and learn the wisdom of God as we live with God's energy.
Truly, nobody has seen nor anyone heard what God's energy has prepared for those who love him.
 

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