What if the reason We have no detailed information of the afterlife is simply because its grandeur is so far beyond our limited comprehension that if we did understand it heaven - or whatever term we use - would be no more than our current minds and spirit could manage. Why is it not sufficient to trust God for the afterlife on the grounds Jesus gave to the thief on the cross. The critically important words are ‘Today you will be with me—’ Apart from knowing that all that hinders the full wonder of humanity will be removed and all unrighteousness overcome can’t we be content with the gift of eternal life in all its glory and leave the details in God’s hands? Revelation will come - let’s be happy to wait for it and focus on the more urgent tasks of living and sharing the Gospel now.
John Marcon, Wed 1 Feb, 05:36
I forgot that I had posted the following as a question in the Amazon reviews of your friend Michael Tymn’s similarly named _The Afterlife Revealed_.
p.s. I’ve since ordered his book (didn’t have it at the time I asked the question) and plan to read it after I finish yours.
Jun 13, 2011
I’ve always wondered…
What if they (those who are no longer in the physical) are wildly successful in getting their “message” across to all of humanity, via mediums and other evidentiary means. Assume for a minute that some day in the future it is absolutely *proved* that consciousness survives physical death. Don’t say, “Yeah, right!”, etc. I’m positing a thought experiment. Say there’s a point in the future when every single living human *knows* that they are an eternal spirit who chose to come here to “learn and love” and all that. Say that results in a world which no longer has all the “negative” things we experience in our current lives, things which seem to be necessary to the process of “learning to love unconditionally”. Say there is nothing but utter peace and love and tranquility and harmony.
My question then becomes:
What then?!? Doesn’t such a world represent “GAME OVER”...?!
If everyone learns and *lives* the lessons and messages that come across from the other side, then what’s left to do here?? *How* do we learn lessons *without* all the *crap* that we seem to *need* in order to learn those lessons?? We seem to *need* emotions and conflict and striving and all that stuff. Isn’t that precisely *why* our souls supposedly *chose* to come to this “playground”??
Don’t we risk becoming victims of our success? Don’t we risk ruining our playground?
Ron Cecchini, Tue 31 Jan, 02:14
Hi, Prof. Betty.
I’m the guy you talked with for about three hours one evening at last year’s Afterlife Awareness conference.
I remember that one of the things we talked about was the very topic of this blog post. I even asked the question of the panel during the Q&A we had, which was before I grabbed you outside to talk to you. This question continues to be probably the second most important/biggest question that I - for better or worse - obsessively fixate on. (The first being: “How did Something come from Nothing?” which is the same as, “Where did ‘god’ come from?”)
Anyway, I was just wondering if you are going to this year’s AA conference in Virginia Beach?
p.s. _The Afterlife Unveiled_ is next on my reading list and I was hoping to finish it before the conference. I also just ordered your most recent novel, which I’m excited about because it sounds very reminiscent of one of my favorite books and movies of all time, “What Dreams May Come”.
Ron Cecchini, Tue 31 Jan, 01:08
I totally agree there is life after life. We lost our child after an eight year battle with a legion on his brain. In this time our spiritual beliefs grew. I recently published a book on Amazon Kindle detailing my own experiences with this subject as well as my walk with God and supernatural events in my life. The book is titled Chris’s Crosses and is receiving very good reviews. It can be found here on my website if interested. http://www.chriscrosses.com/chriss-crosses/
Chris Parsley, Tue 10 Jan, 20:01
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