A SCIENTIST’S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.
Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.
Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.
This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
Reflection. I just finished reading this book last night, and my what an enjoyable read. Although not Christo-centric, I have to chuckle a bit at the last part of the description of the book above where it reads “Reading it will change your life”. Why you ask, because it did not do that, instead, it told me what I already knew; it shored up my faith, and solidified my belief in scripture. Reading the bible, and studying it WILL change your life. But for this reason, the reason that it solidified my faith even more, I recommend it. Without giving too much away, the central theme of this book is LOVE. It is hard to not get bogged down in the writers, medical explanations and background, but his descriptions of the after-life, after being brain dead are precise, and typical of other near death experiences, or NDEs as he calls them, of others that have passed on and returned to tell the tale. But the thing that stood out most to me, above all else is that Heave is indescribable love and compassion, and that this love and compassion far exceeds any evil anywhere in the universe. It is a reminder to us, that our Earthly lives are filled with evil and that the Earth truly is evil’s playground. It is also a reminder of Christ’s teachings, of his main two commandments which He states we should obey above all others:
Mt 22:36 “[Jesus], which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, ’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
Notice the central part in both statements; LOVE. Christ is love. God is love. There is something more than just our physical selves, as all believers know, and this spirit, this soul, is central part to our entire lives. Christ’s teachings, Christ’s most central theme, Christ’s whole existence was due to love. It is our purpose, it is our being, it is how we become close to God. Through love, through compassion that accompanies it, we experience our Divine selves, that is our place in God’s kingdom. God so loved us, and the world, that he came down from Heaven and was sacrificed so that we may have eternal life. He came down and through our same passions, through our pain, through our trials that we all too often get caught up in here on Earth, so that he may experience them, and then give us a way to become what we were meant to be. The best version of ourselves, the love that permeates and rules all universes, the purpose of existence- love. Oh, how in the 2000 years since have we as a populace failed to understand His mission. Oh, have we been so naive, to get caught up in worldly possessions, wealth, and desire, when our purpose has been and always will be love. We must keep focused on His eternal love for us, and show forth this love throughout the World, if we as a species ever expect to become eternal in His embrace. If anything, this book will solidify this belief, and bring you closer to this realization, and for this reason, and this reason alone, I again recommend. God Bless~ CJA