2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (Paul)
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.
Colton Burpo‘s story is of a Near Death Experience (NDE).
Here is the video story of Colton’s and family claims that he had a near death experience of the afterlife. This is the first story that fascinated me about NDEs. I went on to do some research on NDEs and I’ll share some more about what I’ve found in future posts. Interestingly, science is also taken by this and other stories from NDE survivors and we can probably count on far more being revealed about how these experiences occur.
During his experience, Colton says that he remembers things that make his story more believable since as his family reports that he shouldn’t have known what he claims to have learned in Heaven.
During the course of surgery for a ruptured appendix, the little boy from Nebraska says that he sat in the lap of Jesus. He saw streets of gold. He says that Angels sang to him. He says that he met his great grandfather that had died thirty years before Colton was born. He claims that he’d met a second sister “there” in what Colton refers to as Heaven.
Colton was only four at the time of his sudden brush with death.” In this second video, the hospital scene is presented. There, the family discovers that Colton is perhaps going to die. Four months after recovery, Colton began to tell his parents about what he remembered from the hospital. His story was very different from theirs. Colton claims that Jesus and some Angels came to him and that they all flew up to Heaven. As he relates the story, Colton says that his visit to Heaven began in the Throne room. He says that he was upset and that God brought out his great grandfather to help him to get calm. Later, he claims that he also met his unborn sister. Colton says that she is waiting there for her parents to come to Heaven. Colton’s message to us: “I learned that heaven is for real and that you’re gonna like it…
When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in.” (Stephen Hawking)
In this video, Colton relates his story in contrast to Stephen Hawking’s declaration that Heaven is “a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark.” Hawking will admit that it cannot be proved that God does not exist but rather than leave it alone at that, he claims that science makes God unnecessary. Hawking claims that “laws of physics can prove the existence of the universe without the need for a creation.
Stephen Hawking seemed to want to disprove God. He can not. Science is “supposed” to demonstrate facts. Scientists know this. Hawking disregards that he is speaking to the world as an eminent scientist when he made the declaration (as quoted) regarding Heaven. Whatever he believes, he cannot prove what he said. His position that intelligent life came about by chance is fine and so may he believe whatever he chooses about the supernatural and spirits and so on. His opinions on that are just his opinions.
According to the Oxford dictionary, naturalism refers to the viewpoint that laws of nature operate in the universe, and that nothing exists beyond the natural universe or, if it does, it does not affect the natural universe. The supernatural is that which is not subject to the laws of nature, or more figuratively, that which is said to exist above and beyond nature. The afterlife is of the supernatural.
Viewed as entertainment, fact, or fiction, this is an interesting story.
Thanks for reading.
Here is a summary from the timeline published in the book “Heaven is For Real”
July 1976—Todd Burpo’s grandpa, whom he calls “Pop” (Lawrence Edelbert Barber), dies in a car accident between Ulysses and Liberal, Kansas.
1982—Todd as a thirteen-year-old hears and accepts Christ’s call into ministry as a preacher of the gospel.
December 29, 1990—Todd and Sonja Burpo are married.
August 16, 1996—Cassie Burpo, Colton’s older sister, is born.
July 1997—Pastor Todd and Sonja Burpo accept a call to the Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska.
June 20, 1998—Sonja Burpo miscarries their second child. She is two months along.
May 19, 1999—Colton Burpo is born.
August 2002—Todd shatters his leg in a coed softball tournament game.
October 2002—Todd develops kidney stones.
November 2002—Todd feels a lump in his chest that is diagnosed as hyperplasia.
February 27, 2003—Colton complains of stomach pain and has a high fever that is misdiagnosed as stomach flu.
February 28, 2003—Colton’s fever breaks. His parents rejoice, thinking that Colton is well, when in fact this is a sign of the rupturing of his appendix.
March 1, 2003—The Burpo family visits the Denver Butterfly Pavilion to celebrate Todd’s recovery. That night Colton begins vomiting uncontrollably.
March 3, 2003—Colton is examined by a doctor in Imperial, Nebraska, who dismisses suggestions of appendicitis.
March 5, 2003—Todd and Sonja personally check Colton out of the Imperial, Nebraska, hospital and take their son by car to North Platte, Nebraska’s Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Dr. Timothy O’Holleran prepares for surgery.
March 5, 2003—Colton undergoes his first surgery, an appendectomy. He has both a ruptured appendix and an abscess.
March 13, 2003—Colton is discharged from the hospital. But as Todd and Sonja wheel him into the elevator, Dr. O’Holleran shouts down the hallway for them to return. Blood tests reveal Colton’s white blood cell count has spiked. A CT scan reveals two more abscesses in his abdomen.
March 13, 2003—Colton undergoes a second surgery—a celiotomy [incision]—to drain the abscess. During surgery a total of three abscesses are found.
March 17, 2003—Dr. O’Holleran advises Todd and Sonja that there is nothing more he can do for Colton. He recommends that Colton be transferred to the Denver Children’s Hospital. A blizzard blocks all exits with two feet of snow. Back home in Imperial, their congregation gathers for a prayer meeting.
March 18, 2003—The next morning, Colton shows amazing signs of recovery and is soon playing like a normal kid. He skips to his CT scan, which shows no more obstruction.
March 19, 2003—After seventeen harrowing days, Colton’s family returns to Imperial.
July 3, 2003—While en route to visit his cousin in South Dakota, Colton tells the first of many accounts of heaven while parked in an Arby’s parking lot in North Platte, Nebraska. Colton progressively tells more stories of his adventures in heaven.
- a place called Heaven (hunt4truth.wordpress.com)
- is Heaven for real? Yes says an 11 year old (hunt4truth.wordpress.com)
- afterlife – part two: Dr. Eben Alexander (hunt4truth.wordpress.com)
Hunt 4 Truth said:
Carl Jung’s near-death experience
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Hunt 4 Truth said:
Heaven Is for Real (2014) drama film written and directed by Randall Wallace and co-written by Christopher Parker, based on Pastor Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent’s 2010 book of the same name about their son’s NDE. https://www.bilibili.tv/en/video/2009404199
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It’s been a bad week. Let me see if I can get back on track.
I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there; I went to the Temple of the Hindus and to the old pagoda, but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere.
I searched the mountains and the valleys but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him. I went to the Kaaba in Mecca, but He was not there either.
I questioned the scholars and philosophers, but He was beyond their understanding.
I then looked into my heart and it was there where He dwelled that I saw him; He was nowhere else to be found. – Jalaluddin Rumi
Ugh! I can’t explain God (due to the bad week I’m having). I grew up in a liberal but very Christian household. You did not talk blasphemy. You did not put God down. My grandfather was a Southern Baptist minister.
But I find myself, even after searching for God and answers all these years, still eluded and remain agnostic. Why can’t I just cross over? The little Methodist church I grew up in taught Jesus’s love. Not one word of damnation. That everyone can be forgiven by the sacrifice that God’s son did to save us all. I can understand why Jesus did what he did. Take out all the miracles. He didn’t need miracles, in fact, that if that did happen, I’m surprised they didn’t call him a witch sooner and burned him at the stake! Although, he did question politics and greed. The classics of the 7 deadly sins will always get to us and take us down. No matter if you believe in God or not.
I’ve spent most of my life on my knees praying. Sometimes they are answered. Sometimes deafening silence. Most religious people tell me that I lack faith and that God is punishing me for lack of faith. It’s not faith when you use your beliefs to be self righteous.
I have masses growing in my body. Now they are growing very fast. I have proof that I have a disease that I think that my doctors are misdiagnosing, yet because they keep sending me to specialists who won’t do their jobs and give an opinion, I’m labeled the psychotic patient because I’ve seen so many providers. We’ve seen miracles in the healthcare field, but they don’t appear to me. I see someone whose cancer has gone into remission and the family claims that God saved him. Then I see a 16 year old gay boy whose been bullied to death and donated his organs after found hanging himself in his closet. Do those people who think that God saved their family member, do they wonder if their loved ones have homosexual organs in them? Does that make them an abomination? I see so many religious self righteous people preaching out of this “book” to prove everyone else wrong. Do they realize that if we are truly all connected by the energies of the world and by God, that they are poisoning the good energy with their horrible thoughts? We all know that good and bad energy happens. Life is a spectrum in itself. Good vs. evil. Light vs. dark. Positive vs. negative. Etc.
I’ve seen where a large amount of prayers have helped people heal. I’ve had large amounts of prayers, yet I find myself in another situation where I either get very sick or now possibly with cancer. I can’t get pain relief from botox because they are afraid that the botox will paralyze my muscles and I won’t be able to eat. I have a mass growing in my jaw. At this point, put a freaking tube in my stomach if that happens. But I don’t want to live my life in pain. Even if the masses aren’t cancer, they are still growing, so what? Do we cut into my body more? I have so many scars that I freaking look like Frankenstein’s Bride! When is enough, enough? Are the religious people right? That I lack faith to consider that I was made by God and that I can return, if only I confess my sins or accept my fate. Obviously, I’m not ready to die because I’ve survived so much. So maybe the mind/ body connection is there and we can choose to leave this life, although that doesn’t make sense either because in times of extreme pain, I’ve prayed to die and still lived. I’m sure I’ll be ok because I always am. But I do get tired of the suffering. The Buddhists were right. This life is all about the suffering. Yet, you have a bunch of religious zealots who would rather tell you that they are right instead of following the teachings of Jesus and loving your neighbor as yourself. (I was told I was a drain on the healthcare system and since I can’t work now, a drain on the welfare system even though I paid large amounts of taxes into my Social Security)
So I guess when it comes to God, who is right? Who performs the miracles? In Colton’s case, I think what happened was real, but his religious upbringing possibly invoked a Christian presence for him because his father was a Christian minister. Why did he write a book? To convince a public that heaven was real? Or that heaven was a Christian heaven, that I’ve heard people say is the only heaven since Colton saw that? *discussed book with other people
I wrote a book. Mine is full of the hardknocks of life, yet I’ve come through. It’s full of miracles that include Muslims and Christians. Does Colton’s book make mine wrong? I mean I offer my ovarian eggs so a friend can have a child with his wife (both had cancer), he declines due to religious belief, talks to his wife about adoption, then finds a premature abandoned baby in a dumpster, 2 weeks after I offer my eggs? The child was in a paper bag for over 8 hours, in 52 degree weather in November and was born 5-6 weeks early and a week old. Mother died in childbirth. There is no scientific explanation to why this child lived. He should have died in those conditions. My friend and his wife had money, took care of the child, and adopted him even with their Muslim beliefs. So does God bless Muslims too? How does this work because God’s blessings seem to be so random. There isn’t any rhyme or reason to what he does, which is what makes me agnostic. Maybe what Stephen Hawking is feeling is discontent since his mind is completely there, yet his body gives out and he doesn’t really have a family to stand by him. To care about him. They all abandoned him. So maybe he feels abandoned by God. I’ve been abandoned by my father, so I shut off all feelings for him because it will eat you alive asking the questions of why someone who is suppose to love you can leave you. So maybe Hawking is angry. I wonder if he has ever pondered why his intelligence is so much higher than everyone elses? Maybe God made him like that on purpose.
As for angels. I’ve seen some strange things in my life. Things that the Catholics say that I’ve been blessed with but a psychiatrist would label me with hallucinations. Since energy can’t be created or destroyed, perhaps the “souls” have figured out a way to connect with us (or they are left in purgatory here until they realize they are dead *ghosts). I believe that they exist because in my car accident, it happened so quickly but I remember feeling like someone was holding me back so I would move in slow motion, reducing the effect of me hitting my head on the door window, causing a mild traumatic brain injury. I was close with someone and he died. I had found out a few months before that he didn’t drink and wreck his car like I was told, but the airbag came out so forcibly that it broke his C1. My airbags didn’t go off. Not one and mine was at a semi frontal impact. Weird right?
I’ve had people argue with me that angels are only the winged creatures that God made in the bible or quran, etc. But I think that “angels” are the spirits of energy that have some attachment to us, and that energy can be manipulated against physics to avoid fatality. We’ve all seen them. The cars that should never had flipped over and landed just right? But then we have the senseless accidents and wonder how God chooses or why one person was saved and the other one, no. Did they not have an angel?
I guess it would come down to one’s beliefs. But who is right and who is wrong?
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: “The little Methodist church I grew up in taught Jesus’s love. Not one word of damnation. That everyone can be forgiven by the sacrifice that God’s son did to save us all.”The little Methodist church I grew up in taught Jesus’s love. Not one word of damnation. That everyone can be forgiven by the sacrifice that God’s son did to save us all.”
Right, more is not really better.
Churches produces volumes of pages — for what reason? Maybe they glorify themselves as a religious institution; doctrine above Christ’s simple message.
Jesus says “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and Love your neighbor as yourself.” in Luke 10:27 Deuteronomy 6:5 is similar: “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Jesus knew this to be impossible (for us).
Your little church did not damn us and neither did Jesus. In Acts 2 we learn:
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
I believe that even like the story of Colton, even as we are dying, the Hand of God is extended to everyone of us.
I believe this because I read it in what things Jesus taught. The age of threats of destruction by God need no longer be our focus. Jesus paid the price against that making a difference to salvation.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said “So does God bless Muslims too?”
Sure, it is certainly my belief that all are blessed.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: “The classics of the 7 deadly sins will always get to us and take us down. No matter if you believe in God or not.”
In the universe this is so… but God’s realm is near Him. There is not any sin there — I think we still learn there — but sin is not prohibited so much as not of any interest because we are put into the bodies that have desires in a universe that has duality. When we are removed from duality, there is only right to do. Choices sure, but only right choices. The price of sin is death. When Jesus died, that paid for sin for all because Jesus as without sin. The system that requires death is of the universe, not of God. The universe is fallen from God. Jesus was not. He was not of this world but came into it and lived without sin for the required time of 3 phases of growth – infant child, man. In modern times the age of manhood begins in a Bar mitzvah at 13 in America. Once a Jew is Bar mitzvah, he is a man. So, Jesus was put under the microscope of Law…as Isaac up to the point of the sacrifice in place of Jesus by his own father Abraham. Genesis describes the first Bar mitzvah recipient… “The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.” Historically, it is believed that this occurred in his 13th year or on the day of his birthdate.
In death, we are offered the review of our lives with Jesus there to advocate that we are repentant upon our arrival and we are granted entry into the realms of the heavens.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: ” So maybe Hawking is angry. I wonder if he has ever pondered why his intelligence is so much higher than everyone elses? Maybe God made him like that on purpose.”
I think he is angry. He even replies with arrogant angry retorts to highly regarded scientists. He is arrogant for sure.
I’m not able to comment on how we are made. Its apparently a secret… that is clouded by layers of possible contributing factors.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: “How does this work because God’s blessings seem to be so random. There isn’t any rhyme or reason to what he does, which is what makes me agnostic.”
This universe is not the creation of God for our glorified bodies. The universe is the separation from God’s realms. We live in duality and its impossible to eliminate in the universe. Nothing in the universe is perfect because of duality. God’s blessing here are under the laws of the universe given to us for the proper price. In a case of needs, we are to work — for healing specifically, we must see the disease as a lesson and then with enthusiasm see its opposite == for tissue that is cancer then see the intention of tissue that is healthy… the growth of tissue is normally slow and cell by cell so see also its process. The intelligence that grows us from sperm and egg into a embryo and an infant and a maturing child and an adult is available — it is not limited by time/space because it is of the source. Did you see this video: https://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/your-emotion-matters/ I posted? Watch it. This is not a miracle — it happens because they follow the laws of physics (even though the physics isn’t completed in the math of most theories — these scientist that are in the video are not physicists.
Another is https://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/what-is-quantum-touch/
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: “I believe that they exist because in my car accident, it happened so quickly but I remember feeling like someone was holding me back so I would move in slow motion, reducing the effect of me hitting my head on the door window, causing a mild traumatic brain injury. I was close with someone and he died. I had found out a few months before that he didn’t drink and wreck his car like I was told, but the airbag came out so forcibly that it broke his C1. My airbags didn’t go off. Not one and mine was at a semi frontal impact. Weird right?
I’ve had people argue with me that angels are only the winged creatures that God made in the bible or quran, etc. But I think that “angels” are the spirits of energy that have some attachment to us, and that energy can be manipulated against physics to avoid fatality. We’ve all seen them. The cars that should never had flipped over and landed just right? But then we have the senseless accidents and wonder how God chooses or why one person was saved and the other one, no. Did they not have an angel?”
I don’t know.
I agree with you. I honestly think that the greatest creation that God made was a heaven that we recognize based on our perceptions and cultural background. Hence why you would find any NDE in any culture to include one of their religious belief. Why wouldn’t our (soul) energy contain the ability of past memories and perceptions? However, I’ve had many a minister and priests disagree with me and say that heaven only includes the one in the bible. Perhaps they are narrow minded? That would be the case of Stephen Hawking (and I appreciate his contributions to science) and perhaps when he dies, his heaven (or hell) will be absolute nothing, complete darkness (and I’ve read NDE stories that included that). Perhaps when the bible speaks of love of God and everything, influences those who when they die, experience that warm, loving, white light.
I don’t understand why people have to differentiate the two subjects of religion and science. If God is all powerful and all knowing, then why couldn’t he create science and that part of us evolving and getting to know God better, is the God inspired intelligence to figure science out. Why couldn’t God be created in the Big Bang, starting out as that single atom and growing into an intelligence that is part of everything and came together out of nothing (if truly our souls or energy contain memories and perceptions). Technically, he could have “created” all this! So if we use that argument, the atheists are viewed as narrow minded people and it really discounts Stephen Hawking and these theories because actually, everything in science is a theory that ends up proving facts in the end, but how long did it take to prove that theory? How do we know that before this planet ends that we won’t be told of everything that God knows and what he is?
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
I really hate quoting from the bible because I find it fallible in the fact that each religion can interpret it differently, let alone, it’s been translated so many times that I really don’t think we can say it’s the word of God without the original book. Shakespeare really put his mark in there and that is why I can’t stand to read the King James Version! However, I think the above questions still apply. BTW, I miss having someone to have these conversations with! =)
(also wanted to let you know that the entire above comment didn’t come from me but something inside me that told my fingers what to type. really hard to explain, but perhaps I was divinely inspired to say these things)
I also have another theory of God and angels if you’re interested in hearing it!
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: “I also have another theory of God and angels if you’re interested in hearing it!”
Of course! I love different ideas.
Meantime, I’ll read the reply again.
THANKS for the new comment!
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: “Why wouldn’t our (soul) energy contain the ability of past memories and perceptions? I’ve had many a minister and priests disagree with me and say that heaven only includes the one in the bible. Perhaps they are narrow minded?”
Personally, I believe that all people are saved — because this is basically what Jesus said. On that, I believe as I posted earlier (https://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/mercyme-i-can-only-imagine/).
I can’t really say what is on the minds of clergy. My brother on the other hand, I can say because I’ve spent many hours at finding out why he believes that only certain Christians are saved. He truly believes that people will perish because of their beliefs and actions. I on the other hand believe that we all get as many chances as it takes to submit to God’s Will — even if that final act of submission may occur after what we think of as death. It seems that large numbers of Christians believe that God holds out a vengeance against sin. I don’t. In my experience, God always extends His Grace — no mater how hurtful a sinner may be. It is we that turn away from God — self-loathing, self-pity, self-centered, self-indulgent — you see what I mean — I think that people get too concerned with what exactly God means when it is obvious He means: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus didn’t condemn people. He told them to love each other and then Jesus gave up life for our salvation. I don’t really understand it, but what Jesus did removed the power of evil — people may choose evil, but the power of it is no longer ruling the world. We have a better than equal chance against it because evil no longer rules — the message of Jesus is clear… we are saved — all we have to do is accept salvation. Before Jesus, there were messages that were unclear — God had vengeance and wrath and destruction to punish sinners. I believe that those ideas were understood because evil ruled on Earth before Jesus and before the Holy Spirit descended upon all people — everywhere. Now, the message is simple – LOVE — seek it and give it and receive it — it is real — hate is not. Hate destroys the hater. Hate may shot or stab or bludgeon down people but not love.
you said: “But, we’ll never agree on the degrees of a supernatural God that people relate with and I think that is what Stephen Hawking is meaning when there isn’t a God. ”
Hawking basically believes that we are molecular robots. His theories are old model physics. If he lives long enough — in probably just a few years, his ideas will change. He has to change because the model is very flawed. It can’t be fixed — its wrong and he’ll admit that soon.
In physical form, we think of the source (God) as supernatural because the supernatural source can’t be found. However, neither can approximately 80% of the mass that holds the universe together in its galaxies be found… so, they made up dark matter and dark energy that made dark matter and dark flow that caused the expansion of the universe to accelerate. I can’t describe what is really the math and physics of it because that is beyond what I can do with physics. However, I can see that science is working with half-baked theories to hold the standard model of cosmological and subatomic physics together — they are likes moms with the Band-Aids and now they realize that the Big Bang needs reconstructive surgery and that the expansion of the universe is very much more the important aspect of their inquiries anyway. They can never explain the origin because it is from God. God is not limited by our math. No math we know can describe Him. Math can describe just about anything in the universe — but not the source. Hawking can’t accept this; so, like a pouting child, he turned to being the bully. That’s fine — they called him on it and he can’t prove there is no source and he’s already admitted this. He still prefers to say that the universe came from nothing.
So, I think you ought to keep on being true to yourself. We cannot in the universe point over there at our source (or is it over there?) and say He is so tall and handsome and just like pop — because we can’t see Him like that — but we know He’s here — everywhere as you say — in everything.
I think you hit the nail on the head with that thought!
Hunt FOR Truth said:
wow, now I have lots more to read… since while I had the above in my buffer, you said a lot more (below). I pray that you will have peaceful serenity in this time of health troubles that you are having. … so, in some time later on I’ll reply to what more that you’ve given me — TAHNKS! Its nice to share our ideas with each other. Friends need that.
The mind is very awesome in what it creates. Energy cannot be created or destroyed.
What disturbs me is humans ability to say that this is the absolute truth and that the only heaven is a Christian heaven when many more NDE’s explain that they see much more besides Jesus. Yet all state that the warm white light is the feeling of love.
Perhaps God resides in the energy of all things that gives it life and creation, hence, Ephesians 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
But, we’ll never agree on the degrees of a supernatural God that people relate with and I think that is what Stephen Hawking is meaning when there isn’t a God. Everything is fallible and arguable in religion. It’s when you can see past religion that one can appreciate the worlds that they have created. If we want to accept the word of God as divine inspiration from many people, then we have to consider Neal Donald Walsh “Conversations with God” as divinely inspired and that the movie “What Dreams May Come” was inspired by God himself to explain heaven.
What people can’t understand is why some people have “good luck” and some have “bad luck” and others will just accuse you of living unpure ways, even if you are one of the most loving, Jesus following people of the world.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
‘What Dreams May Come’ — the movie — LOVED it! I watched it many times. What an adventure! I’ll say more, but I have to duck out for a meeting… just wanted to say HI — missed you! Are you still using Xanga?
Hunt FOR Truth said:
I like your new quote [“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”- Audrey Hepburn ] and icon. Thanks for comments!
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: Perhaps God resides in the energy of all things that gives it life and creation, hence, Ephesians 4:6 “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Not as strange as some may think — it is absolutely true that all matter including organic cells originate from one source — particles that fused together into the basics of the periodic table of elements formed from stars… nuclear fusion basically except it occurs inside stars. When a star uses up the powerful burning hydrogen it burns more complex elements until what happens is that the material isn’t burning hot enough to overcome gravity of the heavier elements and the core of the star collapses in on itself and the star eventually explodes — spewing all of the elements out into space. Now, I’m making this easy to follow and leaving out some of it — so that you will realize that everything is made of star dust (just as they say).
How did it begin? We don’t exactly know — the Big Bang is what most scientist accept but that is basically just a myth itself — there isn’t any evidence of that happening since all data that can be examined is from many million years after the beginning of the universe. However, all matter came from energy and matter and energy are locked together (as Einstein described E=MC2 which means energy is compressed into matter at a rate of the mass times the speed of light squared).
So the same grade quality of energy makes up every single particle, element and cell in existence.
Those that believe in God all have creation stories.
A supreme being appears in almost every story manages to create the world. Male and female were created. Most describe a place of peace and easy does it living. These have some sort of fall from grace. In many, the people get along with the animals.
As for Hawking — he’s an atheist — but even further he’s made statements that humans are mechanical (robot) deterministic creatures — without consciousness — without spirit — just driven by the cells in a mechanized manner. There’s no good defense for his preaching this as if it is science — he can’t prove it. He’s acting the part of the egotistical scientist.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
you said: What people can’t understand is why some people have “good luck” and some have “bad luck” and others will just accuse you of living unpure ways, even if you are one of the most loving, Jesus following people of the world.
Its a universe of natural laws — while I do believe in healings that seem miraculous ( see: https://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/what-is-quantum-touch/ and https://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/heart-coherence/ and https://hunt4truth.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/your-emotion-matters/ ) as well and I am beginning to clearly be sure that these healings are also universal laws — of nature too — but because of evolving consciousness. I believe we can learn to evolve some of the skills that heal — it takes time and intense desire.
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I’ve enjoyed Colton’s videos.
Hunt FOR Truth said:
I really enjoyed these too.
The thing for some people is that they already believe that there can’t be an afterlife. As I’m discovering lately, what people believe is what they experience. In other words, if a person has strongly held beliefs that there is no spiritual realm, they will se every reason to continue the belief even perhaps if they may occasionally deny verifiable facts. In the case of an NDE of course, there isn’t any physical proof — but here in these videos, we get verifiable facts. I’m sure that there are people that believe that Colton or his family are wrong (or lied even).
Of course, I believe. So, I see and hear facts that substantiate my belief.