There is a small victory — HAARP is under fire and pressure is bringing about admission of it’s purpose — to manipulate the atmosphere — and of the dangers… but… this is only a very small victory — plans are under way to keep up HAARP type research and experimentation.
Really, HAARP is a ground-based “Star Wars” weapon that can change weather patterns, jam global communications, unnaturally impact the earth’s upper atmosphere, and negatively effect animal and our health…
Now, what is going on up there in our ionosphere? Is it Star Wars? How is the work of Nikola Telsa suddenly in use now that the military understands the power of it? Nikola Tesla is the man responsible for every form of modern technology we have available to us today… there possibly would be no Twitter, Google, cell phone, satellite in space, or technological life as we know it.
High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. It is a controversial technology operated by the military for beaming high level energy into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Critics of HAARP say that this technology could blow a massive hole in the upper atmosphere as well as disrupt the subtle magnetic energies of all life on Earth.
We (NASA and the US) already have plans to inhabit Mars.
WARNING… stop with the above if not wanting to explore on the subjects of aliens, UFOs, conspiracies, and other possibly upsetting areas of the related works… material that follows presumes that perhaps…
Aliens are alleged to be living on Earth; and if so, much has been hidden for more than 60 years. In fact, there are mountains of evidence that are top-secret. I’ve included links to presentations that demonstrate some of what is alleged to be hidden.
Unlike use of the scientific method
as a mode for achieving knowledge, scientism claims that reason alone
can render truth about the universe…
Well, I have a sense of humor…
So, here is
my take on it…
The First of
Duncan on your Universe
If you want more Dark Cheese; go ahead… click away…
watch it till your heart is content atYouTube.
Or you can wait – waiting is good.
ROFL; still… . too funny!
In astrophysics and cosmology, the anthropic principle (from Greek anthropos, meaning “human”) is the philosophical consideration that observations of the physical Universe must be compatible with the conscious life that observes it. Some proponents of the anthropic principle reason that it explains why the Universe has the age and the fundamental physical constants necessary to accommodate conscious life. As a result, they believe it is unremarkable that the universe’s fundamental constants happen to fall within the narrow range thought to be compatible with life.
NOTE – see the comment section update… the video is real but it was used to cause panic and the story of bison running for their lives is a hoax.
According to an article from The End Time Forecaster, the Yellowstone National Park volcano might erupt on March 28th 2014: Helium detection is more than 1000 times more than normal; so they say.
There was a March 30 earthquake — not what the buffalo were running from though since the run occurred March 5th – Yellowstone really is the site of a super volcano too… and earthquakes and even eruptions are common although not usually 4.8 earthquakes…
Rutgers atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis talks about connections between climate change and severe weather events:
The original 112-minute conference video of Jennifer Francis’s presentation is the official product of StormCenter Communications Inc. You can use the index at the Youtube page: watch?v=ETpm9JAdfcs or download the PowerPoint: http://www.stormcenter.com/wxcsummit/
Jennifer Francis earned a B.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University in 1988 and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1994.
As a professor at Rutgers University since 1994, she taught courses in satellite remote sensing and climate-change issues, and also co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative.
Presently she is a Research Professor with the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages with ~ 40 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.
During the 13 months from July 2009-July 2010, her family of four spent a year sailing through Central America. She and her husband circumnavigated the world in a sailboat from 1980-1985, including Cape Horn and the Arctic, which is when she first became interested in Arctic weather and climate.
When the sci-fi film “The Matrix” first hit theaters back in 1999, it inspired a whole new generation of amateur philosophers to ponder whether the world really is as it appears. In the film, sentient machines have subdued humanity by plugging everyone’s brains into a sophisticatedcomputer network that convinces them to believe in a simulated reality.
The film is a play on a philosophical conundrum as old as philosophy itself: How can we know whether the world really is how we perceive it to be?
Now a group of physicists led by Silas Beane of the University of Washington think they have accomplished what centuries of philosophy could not,according to Discover. They believe they have discovered a solution to this age-old mystery. Or at least, they believe they have devised a test that can determine, once and for all, whether we live in a computer simulation like the one in “The Matrix” or not.
Their proposed experiment has been deemed the “cosmic ray test.” It assumes that any simulation of the universe would need to be constructed out of a lattice, or grid, much as television images are built from pixels. The researchers then calculated that such a simulation would require that the fastest particles — or cosmic rays — would always bombard the Earth with a maximum energy amount.
Beane and colleagues surmise that if we do indeed observe a maximum energy amount for the cosmic rays that bombard the Earth, that this should provide confirmation that we really are living in a simulation. (In case you’re wondering, this is what has been observed: cosmic rays always arrive at Earth with a specific maximum energy of about 1020 electron volts.)
So does that decide it then? Is Beane’s experiment proof that we’re living in a simulated universe? Beane himself doesn’t think it matters one way or another: “Learning we live in a simulation would make no more difference to my life than believing that the universe was seeded at the Big Bang,” he suggested. To him, the issue is a mere scientific curiosity.
Philosophers aren’t likely to be so easily sated, however. Beane’s test makes a lot of unnecessary assumptions. For instance, it assumes that any simulation of the universe would need to be constructed from a lattice or grid. Perhaps our supergenius simulator overlords have discovered some more advanced way of constructing a simulation.
Beane’s test also can’t rule out the possibility that the universe might actually happen to function like a latticed simulation. In other words, it’s possible that reality and simulated reality are simply perceptively indistinguishable. If such were the case, then no test would suffice. We’d be right back at square one — a place where the scientist must, incontrovertibly, give way to the philosopher.
Is this the key to ‘biological immortality’ or
is this due to medial nightmares that are on the rise?
Here is a short video if you have only limited time:
There are a variety of reasons that the aging process falters — as you will see in the next video if you have the time. Here is a complete video investigation if you’re hooked on knowing more:
Program Description The Learning Channel revisited the Williams family in Billings, Montana, whose 8-year-old daughter Gabby suffers a mystery medical condition that slows her rate of aging. The Williams along with a handful of other families are facing the unknown when battling against this bizarre and inexplicable syndrome that affects the growth and overall development of their children, from blindness and deafness to the inability to walk, eat or even speak on their own. Following the everyday lives of these families and the doctors who have dedicated their careers to studying the signs of aging and are determined to find an answer.
What started the big bang? What caused expansion to accelerate? What is the source of the mysterious dark energy that is apparently causing the universe to speed up its expansion? Maybe we are living inside a black hole…
Scientists trying to explain the universe’s accelerating expansion usually point to dark energy, which seems to be pushing everything apart. But an Indiana University professor has a new theory, reports New Scientist: We’re inside a black hole that exists in another universe.
Specifically, a black hole that rebounded, somewhat like a spring.
Some fairly mind-blowing physics is involved here, but the gist is that Nikodem Poplawski of IU-Bloomington used a modified version of Einstein’s general relativity equation set that takes particle spin into account. Including this variable makes it possible to calculate torsion, part of the geometry of space-time. It also gets rid of the black hole singularity, a phenomenon that general relativity cannot explain.
In a study published earlier this year, Poplawski said “When the density of matter reaches epic proportions, torsion counters gravity. This prevents matter from compressing indefinitely to a singularity of infinite density. Instead, matter rebounds like a spring, and starts expanding again.”
In Poplawski’s latest study, his calculations show that space-time inside the black hole expands to about 1.4 times its smallest size in as little as 10-46 seconds — two orders of magnitude faster, for lack of a better word, than the Planck time. This brisk bounce-back could have been what led to the expanding universe that we see today.
But here’s the real kicker: as Poplawski says, “We may not be living in our universe at all; we might be living inside a rebounded black hole that exists in a different universe. We could tell by measuring the preferred direction of our universe. A spinning black hole would have imparted some spin to the space-time inside it, which would violate a law of symmetry that links space and time. This might explain why neutrinos oscillate between their antimatter and regular-matter states.”
Afterlife? This is a second article that explores afterlife (Near Death Experience). My list of related articles (below) includes other points of view and examples; and recall, I welcome comments (and ping-backs).
It seems by hundreds of thousands of reports from NDE survivors that the afterlife is there… for any or all of us. So, I’m open to experiential reports about the afterlife. In fact, I’ve enjoyed reading dozens of them including some that are oddly opposite to the ones that I’m choosing to feature. I think these are important contributions and yet I like simple facts most of all. However, until the simple facts determine the truth, its necessary to examine possibilities.
I think that its good to explore facts and theories and to take sides based on what’s most likely; also its best to remain open and tolerant of different views in a healthy manner. Thus, I hope that this article awakens healthy interest and genuine investigative spirit.
By their awareness or beliefs, many think that its essential to accept spiritual preparations during our lives. I say accept since most agree that spiritual development comes into us more so than from us. However, spiritual growth by my definition is not necessarily religious. This story, I hope is an example of how spiritual preparedness may positively impact living a happy life. If there is one important fact that I want most to emphasize, its that the stories that I post are about spiritual progress, changed lives and happier people.
I want for myself to meet my maker in an already happy state of mind. I think preparation aids me along a happier life here in the meantime.
Since this article is about beliefs, I defer today to a verse that makes clear my belief that God’s instruction is easy to understand. All I have to do is to be willing and follow simple directions. I’ll leave all of the complications to Him — doing my best to follow directions.
John 3:16-21 (NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
The verse is not a universal belief; yet, it’s spiritually the crux of a hope that is resoundingly healthy. Again, I want to emphasize that religious spirituality is not my message. Yet, I am Christian and this is an important foundation for my beliefs. The verse is widely appealing to spiritual people of all sorts, I think.
Hmm… “whoever lives by the truth comes into the light” — this revelation is easy enough to understand — I am to bring myself along with my transgressions into the light — I may be seen plainly there in the sight of God and those nasty transgressions are in me until then. I am to bring myself into the light, knowing that I am exposed as unworthy — there, the truth will set me free. That’s really pretty simple. It’s a simple process and I firmly believe in it. This transforms me into a happy man; compassionate and empathetic here in my present life and also prepares me via spiritual growth for an afterlife by God’s Will.
Research The topic of afterlife is scientific as well as spiritual. Scientific inquiry explores facts — empirical evidence. However, science also must therefore explore interpretations of facts. Thus, often times, we must sort out the known from the unknown even to determine what to believe from scientific reports. Oh my, this is one of those times.
Let’s look at the process against the universe of facts.
Science looks into the possibility of an afterlife; perhaps mostly because knowing about an afterlife is compelling for some of us. Also, how our universe works is important for many areas of scientific inquiry. How does scientific research occur? Well, typically, scientific research begins with someone that has a theory… often, theories lead to finding of facts… new discoveries bring about new theories. It’s a process. Here is an example:
apparently, the Earth is about 4 billion years old — wow! Who knew?
In 1923, Edwin Hubble began to work out the discoveries that our Milky Way is one of probably more than 200 billion galaxies — and later, by 1929, he’d demonstrated that the universe is expanding. Recently, scientific exploration by observations from new telescopes and spacecraft find that the universe is about 14 billion years old… Wow!
Most accounts as taken from biblical references come up with far less than these scientific estimates… and there is not any direct biblical references to galaxies and for the expansion of the universe… Wow!
Obviously, the biblical account for creation is difficult to apply to scientific findings. In my experience, that is only a small part of the controversy that is involved surrounding debate about afterlife accounts. So, there is much to explore.
In my first NDE story, I wondered what about an NDE may be described and widely accepted as believable. I chose the story of Colton Burpo because of this. His whole family is believable. It seems from further investigation that I’m correct. His story is compelling for many. However, he was just a four-year-old child at the time of the NDE.
Colton’s story is profoundly moving and believable. Yet, can his descriptions of the hereafter hold up to adult inquiry by a scientist? I wondered: Are there scientists that believe that NDE experiences are evidence of an afterlife? Well, yes… it turns out there are thousands. I found one that is widely reported and I want to share about this man, a Harvard trained neurosurgeon that had a NDE.
Dr. Eben Alexander Here is a highly educated man of science that dismissed accounts of NDE experiences. However, in 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander’s own NDE was so profound that he now adamantly believes consciousness continues after death.
What happened to Dr. Alexander? Dr. Alexander awoke one morning with an extremely intense headache. All he could manage was “help…” and painful noise and screams. It turns out a ferocious E. coli meningitis infection had penetrated his cerebrospinal fluid and it was attacking his brain. By the time that he’d entered the emergency room that morning chances for survival in a vegetative state were already looming and his chances for any sort of recovery were quickly sinking. STAT! He was leaving us — sinking fast.
When doctors did what they could, Alexander’s survival was found improbable. Brain scans showed his entire cortex — the parts of the brain that transmit consciousness, thought, memory and understanding — not functioning.
Dr. Alexander was in near-death critical condition. By this time, no one expected him to recover even rudimentary human functions.
Alexander’s NDE occurred during the next seven days while he lay in a deep coma.
Shockingly… Eben Alexander awoke on the seventh day.
As weeks and months passed in recovery, Dr. Alexander began recalling and relating his experiences of that seven days; and he realized that he’d never again doubt that Heaven is real. He was powerfully moved upon miraculously reviving from a comatose state; and he was even more so convinced of his experience later, and especially later, when he realized that he’d met his deceased sister in the afterlife.
During the weeks of recovering, Alexander, who was adopted, had contact with his biological family. He was given a picture by his biological family of a sister he had never met nor seen before. As he stared at her picture, he recognized her from his NDE. “I know this is not a hallucination, not a dream, not what we call a confabulation,” Alexander said. “I know that it really occurred, and it occurred outside of my brain.”
Dr. Eben Alexander was featured in the October 15, 2012 edition of Newsweek. The cover story is an account of his near-death experience. The article summary reads: “When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible—a journey to the afterlife.”
In my last article, Afterlife, Part One: Colton Burpo, a 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. Afterlife evidence is mounting. Alexander also claims to have met a sister that he’d never known about. So, both make claims that they’d met people unknown to them — that had passed on — and of course their families were stunned.
What is meant by an afterlife? The essential meaning of afterlife is that an individual lives on after death. If we apply only classic science and logic, its more like you live; you die; you’re done with no life afterward.
Religious and other spiritual practitioners tend to believe in an afterlife and most believe a soul continues on after physical death.
Either case may be true. Either case may be false. Speculation supports either case, that there may or may not be an afterlife. Making it complicated, various people’s actual experience may support either case as well.
As for what is believed to live on beyond death, that too is complicated. In some circles, an essential part of an individual lives on while others believe that an entire soul of an individual lives on with its personal identity intact. Some believe that an essential aspect returns to the physical world in a new body. Some believe that once entering into an afterlife that there is no returning.
Is there an afterlife? I believe that there is an afterlife. I accept that I cannot completely and indisputably prove it. I have a reason for my belief. To keep it simple, lets say, I believe in an afterlife because I believe that God created us to be eternal. Additionally, I believe that there will soon be scientific evidence that consciousness and perhaps evidence of a soul are passed on from our bodies at death.
Afterlife scientific theories are being investigated. Science works the same for anyone of us if we apply its disciplines to investigating the facts.
If we can’t find all of the necessary empirical evidence, science may often fall back on what’s reasonable. We may base reasonable on what is empirically known and add personal experiences to form a reasonable theory — this is exactly what scientist do.
It certainly is reasonable to believe that God is. Perhaps God created the universe. In fact, for me, it seems “more” reasonable to believe that the universe originates from something; even if the something is undiscoverable using physical laws and even if the something were found to be not God.
It is also reasonable to assume that whatever the origin, the universe probably came about in such a way as that it operates by physical laws and so that anything not physical is closer to its source.
I like science to make simple sense. So do scientists. Thus, many scientists believe in a higher power (God) and they tend to sometimes, as in the case of Dr. Eben Alexander, also support that there is a heaven and that there is an afterlife.
What opposing view is out there?
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. According to naturalism, the supernatural isn’t real.
Stephen Hawking, eminent physicist says: no god; nor is there fate
What Is Real? When it comes right down to it, science can’t so far even prove that you and I are “real” in some sense of the definition. There are many competing theories that explore what is real. However, if a person really wants to grow in happiness, it makes good sense to follow high moral and ethical standards and to invest plenty of time in developing of higher awareness (spiritual growth), intuitively knowing that this is best.
We are real in some sense and our consciousness is real as well. Herein lies the magic of physics — but I’ll have to come to that in a follow-up article. This post is already much longer than is good for the average reader… so, as to the emerging science of afterlife — look for that next time… and yet there is a bit more.
Dr. Alexander testifies
“I’ve spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold—as I myself did—to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us.”
Surgeons and other medical professionals tend to believe that consciousness is a function of the brain or of the brain-body. Its part of the intense training that they receive in Western Medicine. Most are compassionate and caring but tend to not believe reports from patients about anything that is supernatural or spiritual.
Dr. Alexander’s testimony continues “There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.”
There are scientific inquiries presently investigating consciousness. Many scientists tend to categorize the reports from these investigations as pseudoscientific. Yet, when it comes right down to any differences in scientific knowledge, the difference is really one of beliefs and not of scientific methods.
Dr. Alexander’s testimony continues “According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dim and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent.”
Dr. Alexander’s testimony continues “Modern physics tells us that the universe is a unity—that it is undivided. Though we seem to live in a world of separation and difference, physics tells us that beneath the surface, every object and event in the universe is completely woven up with every other object and event. There is no true separation.The first time I entered a church after my coma, I saw everything with fresh eyes. Today many believe that the living spiritual truths of religion have lost their power, and that science, not faith, is the road to truth. Before my experience I strongly suspected that this was the case myself. But I now understand that such a view is far too simple. The plain fact is that the materialist picture of the body and brain as the producers, rather than the vehicles, of human consciousness is doomed.”
Recently, I took just a petite interest in the coming of comet ISON (see: when is a comet not just a comet?). Obviously, my interest was peaked enough to post about it; but after that, I thought I’d be done with it for a least a month since it won’t be visible by eye until November… more developed — including receiving a comment from prayingforoneday. His comment was referencing some unusual claims about Comet Elenin. He pointed out that Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) orbits correspond to major earthquakes when Comet Elenin aligns with various planets or our sun.
Later, I was told that Comet ISON may pass near enough to our sun so that it may be damaged and possibly partially destroyed.
There’s a good chance that ISON will be incredibly bright and easily visible with the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere in December. Before that, ISON’s journey involves a pass of the comet near Mars on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and then a shot around the sun. It’s possible, apparently, that even the sun may be affected during the comet’s approach. Nobody is saying for sure until… more developed… I also received some links to another source regarding testimony of a former U.S. intelligence remote-viewer spy-guy psychic; a Major Ed Dames.
Then, additionally, there are rumors that ISON is actually more than one object. Also, you may perhaps even have read that ISON’s entry into our solar system may mark the approach of Planet X (see: Nibiru: Does Planet X Exist? or Nibiru cataclysm).
I’m not able to sort out the fact from fiction or exaggeration — but I don’t ignore educated people’s claims… and many (with credentials) claim that Planet X is traveling our way too as a mini-solar system (probably not with ISON; apparently as a separate system) including a brown dwarf that’s larger than Jupiter (our massive planet — about 318 times as big as the Earth).
Now, next, I thought, really — the previous post still was enough from me for now. Again, I’m not an expert in these areas and the data involved with these studies and projected possibilities from sources are not mainstream sources — and yet I am stimulated by the numerous articles and videos and also via e-mails.
Its my inclination to inquire about stories rather than belligerently ignore bizarre claims, so, I decided to pass on some of the information and to post related pages for you. The readership here is not easily fooled nor frightened — so, I wonder what you all think.
Oh, but before you reply, think about the next paragraph too.
In 2004, Psychic spy-guy, retired U.S. Army, Major Ed Dames announced on US radio (Coast to Coast AM) that a massive earthquake would strike Japan and a nuclear reactor would “break”, causing a “mini Chernobyl” or the worse nuclear disaster since then. Also in 2004, on Saturday July 17, 2004, Dames reported on the Coast to Coast radio program that he was certain “the next use of a nuclear weapon will be on the Korean peninsula.” He said the detonation of this nuclear device will usher us into World War III. According to Dames, the world will not remain at war because a series of solar flares will hit earth causing widespread destruction and that will put an end to the war and bring massive destruction upon Earth.
This all got my interest going. What do you think?
Thanks for reading,
There’s more if you have time:
I’m not planning to bury myself in a bunker either. Anything that happens in the solar system is something that I can’t control and while I do believe that we together are a powerhouse of consciousness, I’m not planning to call for any get together — I of course pray as always that we all will continue to always pray to follow God’s Will.
Here’s a cartoon that turned up some time ago in a message that I got following the Japan earthquakes.
“NASA detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing relatively close to Earth using both ground- and space-based telescopes. The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called “Spaceguard,” discovers these objects, characterizes a subset of them, and predicts their paths to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet.” — according to NASA
There are some important facts from these theories:
The climates of the two planets were apparently more alike than they are now and there is strong evidence that water once flowed on Mars.
When huge objects (and so on) slam into planets the impact causes showers of matter that can be sent soaring through space to land on other planets.
Mars has been struck by perhaps millions of large objects.
Its estimated that possibly a billion tons of rock has made it from Mars to Earth over millions of years.
The minerals most effective at forming RNA may all have dissolved in the oceans of the early Earth. However, these minerals are thought to have been abundant on Mars during the earliest stages of life developing on Earth.
Okay, the essential life ingredients needed for life to begin here on Earth may be from Mars. Maybe they’re from Saturn’s moon Titan. Its possible that some ingredients came from space … that the exact ingredients for getting life started were from Mars or outer space and that the Earth didn’t have those ingredients.
I don’t see how that makes us Martians. However, we may get more evidence someday as there actually is a team of researchers from MIT, Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) that want NASA’s next Mars rover to probe the planet surface for genetic material. They propose that by analyzing soil and ice samples with a DNA-sequencing microchip they we may determine if we actually do have genetic material that originates from Mars. I’m not holding my breath. I wonder why this topic excites anyone… I wonder what the odds will be… I wonder if bets are even being taken yet… I wonder what’s for dinner tonight.
Most scientists say the next Mars rover (may launch in 2020) should search for existing or recently dead life forms. Apparently, some hold out hope for finding DNA and DNA that matches up with Earth organisms.
Getting another mission off to mars seems to be heating up as a priority thing to do. Hmm… what’s up there? Is there life on Mars? Perhaps, for study of the Earth, Mars is an excellent laboratory. Here is a link to NASA’s story of how Mars presently compares to Earth: Sibling Rivalry. The story includes several good animations… its worth a few minutes.
The best method for finding possible life on Mars is still in the works. I think a lot more technology and thinking will go into the project before the 2020 launch of the next NASA Mars rover. So, we’ll have to wait and see what develops between now and launch time.
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.
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 toStephen 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.
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.