About Kevin Williams and This Website

By Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams photographLike many people, I became a fan of near-death experiences (NDEs) after reading Raymond Moody's ground-breaking book Life After Life. For many years afterwards, I read every book on NDEs I could get my hands on. By 1996, I earned by degree in Computer Science and learned web development. The Internet was practically brand new at the time and there were only a handful of websites on the subject of NDEs. The synchronicity of learning web development at a time when the Internet was new, created within me a tremendous epiphany as my mission from God became crystal clear. I was to create a portal on the Internet totally devoted to NDE revelations: www.near-death.com. I happened to be at just the right time and just the right place to create such a site. Public interest in NDEs at that time was also beginning to grow. This ultimately led this website becoming the number one Google ranked website on NDEs. In the development of my website I have included content from many profound NDE books by the best authors on the subject. So much so, I am inclined to say with a celebrated French writer:

"I have culled a bouquet of varied flowers from men's gardens, and nothing is my own but the string that binds them."

Nevertheless, much of the content is my own and I am also the author of the book, "Nothing Better Than Death: Insights from 62 Profound Near-Death Experiences." My website includes my personal testimony of how NDEs transformed me from being a Christian fundamentalist to a Universalist believing in universal salvation. NDE research opened my heart and mind to spiritual truth far beyond my understanding of the Bible. NDE testimonies reveal a person's religious beliefs, or lack of them, matters very little to God and the afterlife. Heavenly bliss is all about love: "deeds" not "creeds." What matters most to God and the afterlife is how we treat other people. Complete unconditional love for everyone is our goal and is the highest "heaven" found within us. The Bible is in agreement with this: "God is love" (1 John 4:7-8); the Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21); and love is the way to attain eternal life (Luke 10:25-28).

Table of Contents

1. Why There is Nothing Better Than Being Dead
2. The Teachings of Jesus in the Gospels as Spirituality 101
3. The Christian Paradox of "Salvation by Faith Alone" Versus "Salvation NOT by Faith Alone"
      a.  Paul's "Faith Without Works" Theology Versus Jesus' "Good Works of Faith" Theology
4. The Christian Paradox of Predestination Versus Free Will
      a.  Paul's Doctrine of Predestination Versus Jesus' Doctrine of Free Will
5. How Near-Death Experiences Solves These Christian Paradoxes
6. The "Resurrection of the Spirit" versus the "Resurrection of Corpses"
7. The Gospel of Love According to Jesus and the Near-Death Experience
8. The Scientific, Philosophical, and Religious Foundation for the Gospel of Love
9. The Gospel of Love Supports Universal Salvation
10. My Desire to Promote NDE Testimonies and the Spirituality Within Them  
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1. Why There is Nothing Better Than Being Dead

NDE testimony offers answers to the big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going? What does it all mean? NDEs also provide circumstantial and scientific evidence supporting the Afterlife Hypothesis for which scientific reductionism cannot adequately explain. The evidence suggests NDEs are transcendental journeys to another dimension of reality profoundly changing the lives of those who have them. One particular near-death experiencer, Dr. Dianne Morrissey, eloquently stated this way:  

"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." - Dr. Dianne Morrissey, near-death experiencer

This wonderful quote is the basis for the title of my book Nothing Better Than Death.

 

Love is GodThe main purpose of this website is to help people understand the tremendous importance of unconditional love which appears to be the most important revelation given to so many NDE experiencers. Unconditional love is also the primary teaching of Christ as well in many other religions. NDErs frequently learn how loving others unconditionally is not only the way to heaven after death, but it is also the way to create heaven within all human beings and the way to create heaven on Earth. NDE testimonies affirm how living in a physical body creates an illusionary separation between us and other people. People who have had a NDE describe an out-of-body existence after death where the one-ness of all things cannot be denied. This state of one-ness can be described as heavenly if a life of one-ness with others had been lived. NDEs reveal love to be the bond which actually connects all things together. NDEs also reveal love to be what people worship as "God." For those prefer the illusion (or delusion) of separation over one-ness, life after death can be a temporary, painful experience of self-awareness. Such conditions are temporary because of NDEs suggesting how life after death is even more dynamic than physical existence. Nevertheless, after death, the only thing we can really take with us is the love we have. Death means stepping into the spiritual condition we have been creating within us all our life. Then we will find ourselves at a particular level of one-ness (love) which we prefer. In the lower afterlife realms, darkness reigns and the illusion of separation is greater. In the highest afterlife realms, there is a reality of a one-ness which can best be described as a complete realization of a total at-one-ment with God and all things. Love is then the critical factor in determining how close we come to this realization after death.

 

My mission in life is to promote these NDE truths as a light shining in a world of darkness. As a self-proclaimed NDE evangelist, I seek to end the ignorance of and the fear of death through the promotion of these truths. I am convinced NDE research is contributing greatly to the spiritual evolution of humanity and there is no greater endeavor than planting seeds of love and light within other human beings. Love is literally what life, death, and God is all about. It may sound strange but learning about death means learning about love. Love conquers and transcends death. In this respect, death itself is the Grand illusion.

I am currently writing a new book entitled Nothing Better Than Love, which is a follow-up book to Nothing Better Than Death. It is about my personal testimony of my family's after-death communications with my mother which occurred after her death in 2001. You can also read about my unusual paranormal experiences which I have experienced throughout my life.

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2. The Teachings of Jesus in the Gospels as Spirituality 101

Jesus meditating in the lotus positionReading these beautiful testimonies of love and heaven by near-death experiencers created within me a deep love for near-death experiences and made me a much more spiritual person and less of a religious person. Reading enough of these experiences can make a person feel as if they are relearning knowledge they had forgotten long ago. My deep love for profound near-death insights makes me committed to bring these insights to the Internet. I also believe my mission in life is to bring these special insights from others to the Internet for all too receive. I strongly believe the insights from near-death testimonies are universal and speak to the heart of everyone. I believe these truths are already known to us all at the deepest core of our being.

 

My spiritual journey began like many people as a child of the 60s believing the profound revelations of John and Paul: "All you need is love." But in 1977, after being challenged by my Christian brother to read the Gospel of John, I had a "born again" experience - a paranormal event of instant spiritual resurrection. I was transformed into a completely different person and have never been the same person since. I participated in follow-up evangelism with the Billy Graham crusade and the Josh McDowell ministry on my college campus. I led a number of people to Christ and gave speeches on Bible prophecy and early Christian history. I was a religious zealot with a savior complex compelling me to want to save everyone whom I perceived were deceived, hell-bound, and lost sinners who lacked the righteousness I had. My savior complex also extended to Christians whom I believed lacked the fundamental intellectual formula I possessed - a very arrogant position isn't it? There is a fine line between ignorance and arrogance and at this point in my life this line was blurred.

 

When I began to read about near-death experiences my religious arrogance quickly disappeared. The spirituality I found in near-death experiences was on a scale far grander than anything I could find in religious dogma. My narrow religious mindset ultimately began to crack as the light of universal love, universal salvation, and a universal God entered in. This ultimately led me to abandon my rigid systematic intellectual religious theology.

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3. The Christian Paradox of "Salvation by Faith Alone" versus "Salvation NOT by Faith Alone"

The Christian paradox of faith versus "good works" is most strikingly revealed by these two contradictory passages of scripture:

PAUL: "For we account a man to be JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, without the works of the law." (Romans 3:28)
JAMES: "You see then that a man is JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, and not by faith only."
(James 2:24)

Apostle PaulJames the JustClearly in the above verse, James (the brother of Jesus) taught the exact opposite of what Paul was teaching. These two Bible verses have been known by scholars throughout history to be perhaps the greatest contradiction in the Bible. This contradiction is one of the major reasons why there are so many different Christian denominations and interpretations of Christian scriptures in the world. To fully understand this contradiction and paradox one must first understand the dispute between Paul and the Twelve Apostles - specifically the dispute between Paul and James, the leader of the Jerusalem Church. Many Bible scholars believe Paul "hijacked" the Christianity taught by Jesus and the Twelve and that Paul is the real founder of Christianity. Paul met Jesus once from a near-death experience that occurred on the Road to Damascus. It transformed him from being a persecutor of the Twelve and their followers to becoming a supporter. Unfortunately, Paul did not spend the time necessary to sit at their feet and learn from them the true teachings of Jesus. Paul hardly knew the Twelve and rarely visited them. Whenever he did visit them, he would clash with them on matters of doctrine. This led to Paul becoming a witness to the Gentiles and his establishment of the Roman Church. Paul was a self-appointed apostle who taught the Gentiles that the law of God no longer applied and that Judaism was no longer relevant. Unfortunately, because of Paul's letters, he is considered the main source for the Church's [1] anti-Semitism, [2] homophobia, [3] sexual intolerance, [4] religious intolerance, [5] economic discrimination, [6] racism, [7] discrimination against women, and [8] support for slavery. But to be fair to Paul, I doubt he ever wanted his letters to be considered the very words of God to be included into Holy Scripture. But despite Paul's enormous influence in developing Christian theology, it is clear that Jesus never believed the law of God to be irreverent and he never repudiated his Judaism. Paul's teachings ultimately led to Christianity's exclusion of the behavioral requirements set forth in God's law which Jesus emphasized as necessary for salvation. Jesus emphasized good works over faith throughout his parables. James' Epistle is clearly a point-by-point counter-argument against Paul's Epistle to the Romans. Below is a chart which presents the heated debate between them.

Paul's Salvation of Faith Without Works
Versus
Jesus' Salvation by Good Works of Faith

PAUL   JAMES
  Justified By Faith Alone     Justified NOT By Faith Alone
"For we account a man to be justified by faith, without the works of the law" (Romans 3:28).
"You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only" (James 2:24).
     
  Justified By God's Grace Alone     Justified NOT By God's Grace Alone
"All are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24).

"Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring -- not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham" (Romans 4:16).
  "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment" (James 2:12-13).
     
  Abraham's Righteousness By Faith Alone     Abraham's Righteousness NOT By Faith Alone
"If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about -- but not before God" (Romans 4:2).

"Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness" (Romans 4:9).

"It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith" (Romans 4:13).
  "Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together and his faith was made complete by what he did" (James 2:21-22).
     
  Righteousness By Faith Alone     Righteousness NOT By Faith Alone
"To the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness" (Romans 4:5).

"God will credit righteousness -- for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead" (Romans 4:24).
  "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead" (James 2:17).

"As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead" (James 2:26).
     
  Righteousness NOT By Works Alone     Righteousness By Works Alone
"Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law" (Romans 3:20).

"But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known..." (Romans 3:21).

"God credits righteousness apart from works" (Romans 4:6).
  "If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers" (James 2:8-9).

"Was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?" (James 2:25).
     
  Salvation By Faith Alone   Salvation NOT By Faith Alone
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).

"God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood -- to be received by faith" (Romans 3:25).

"If those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath" (Romans 4:14-15)
  "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?" (James 2:14).

"You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that -- and shudder. You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?" (James 2:19-20).
     

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4. The Christian Paradox of Predestination Versus Free Will

Jesus on the crossBefore I learned about NDEs, I believed in the extreme fundamentalist view of God predestinating a portion of humanity for salvation (the elect) and leaving the rest for damnation. This view of Christian theology was championed by Paul and it has significant Biblical support. This view is historically known as Calvinism after John Calvin (1509-1564 AD) whose teachings were instrumental in bringing about the Protestant Reformation along with Martin Luther (1483-1546 AD). Calvinism and the Protestant Reformation was actually a rediscovery of the teachings of St. Augustine (354-430 AD) who was the first person to formalize Paul's theology. Paul's theology is based upon scripture declaring all humanity as being born spiritually dead in sin and being unable to come to God on their own strength to be saved. Paul viewed salvation as entirely the work of God:

(1)

God the Father chose the elect for salvation before the world began; thereby chosing to leave the rest of humanity for damnation.

(2)

God the Son redeemed the elect at the cross - and only the elect - thereby guaranteeing the elect's salvation at that time. The non-elect were never chosen or meant to be redeemed by Christ and are left dead in their sins and lost forever.

(3)

God the Holy Spirit draws the elect - and only the elect - at the appointed time; thereby graciously giving the elect the gift of spiritual life and making their salvation secure forever.

Paul's theology describes the non-elect as going to hell - not because of their foreseen lack of faith or works - but because they were never chosen by God to begin with, nor were they redeemed by Christ on the cross, nor does the Holy Spirit call them to salvation. Moreover, Paul viewed God as creating the non-elect for the sole purpose of destruction in order to make God's mercy known to the elect. Even more amazing, Paul didn't believe this teaching dishonored God at all. He reasoned God was under no obligation to save anyone. Instead, "God has mercy on whom he has mercy, and whoever he hardens he hardens." Paul's theology is based upon scriptures describing all humanity as being born in slavery to their sinful nature and having no free will when it comes to salvation. Read more about this historic debate between Paul's theology and its alternative.

 

But the alternative theology of Christ redeeming all humanity at the cross is even more of a paradox. If Christ redeemed all humanity at the cross, but some become lost and go to hell, then this means Christ's death didn't actually save anyone at that time. It means Christ's death made salvation only a possibility for all humanity and conditional upon spiritually dead slaves to sin having the freedom of will and ability to come to Christ on their own strength.  - a contradition of scripture.[1][2][3][4][5]. So Paul's theology limits the quantity of Christ's redemptive power in that it applies only to the elect and not all of humanity. But the alternative theology limits the quality of Christ's redemptive power on the cross in that it didn't actually save anyone at that time. Paul's theology gives all the glory to God in the salvation of humanity while the alternative theology gives all the glory to human beings having the free will and ability to choose Christ.

 

Ironically, an extreme form of hyper-Calvinism (combined with a little Christian mysticism) solves this paradox and is the Christian belief system I now hold myself: God the Father elected all human beings for salvation; God the Son redeemed all human beings at the cross; God the Holy Spirit then calls all humanity for salvation according to God's timetable. You might ask, "How is it possible for everyone to be saved when countless individuals die and are never held accontable for their transgressions?" In other words, "Where is divine justice in such cases?" In the Old Testament, part of God's divine law is described as "an eye for an eye" [1][2][3][4][5][6]. In the New Testament, Jesus taught people the same principle [1][2][3][4][5][6] as did his apostles [1][2][3][4][5]. But Jesus also taught people how to fulfill God's law [1][2][3][4] through God's higher commandment to love God and others. This age-old principle of "an eye for an eye" is also known as karma and is commonly known in the West as the law of "cause and effect" and "What goes around comes around." Let there be no doubt that the law of karma taught by Jesus in the Bible is identical to the religious concept of the cycle of birth and rebirth. It means if divine justice is not met in one lifetime, then it must be satisfied at some future time. In the Bible, bodily rebirth is called resurrection which, in the times of the Old Testament, was identical to the concept of reincarnation [1][2][3][4][5] and was even taught by Jesus [1][2][3[4][5][6][7][8][9]. Reincarnation was a doctrine which was widely believed throughout Israel [1][2][3][4][5][6]. 

 

If a person is not made spiritually alive during their lifetime, then it will occur in some future lifetime either through bodily resurrection (reincarnation) - or by some form of temporary purgatorial-like state in the afterlife - or both. Another source of NDE testimony helping me in transition from a fundamentalist Christian to a more mystical one is the NDE revelations of Edgar Cayce who ties NDE insights together with the mystical Christianity taught by Jesus.

 

Rational minded Christians must choose a theological system to believe in; or it may be best to simply accept God as a child because they are, after all, closer to the Source. In the box below are the scriptural references formulating Paul's theology.

 

Paul's Doctrine of Election and Predestination

A fundamentalist's Jesus throwing a Hindu teenager into hell for never having made a pledge of allegiance to His LordshipThe following Bible verses describe the doctrines of election and predestination as the Apostle Paul knew them:

 

Salvation depends upon God and not man: No one seeks God [1] because no one has the will to accept things from God without the Spirit of God [2]. The human will is not free, but is enslaved to their fallen nature until set free by Christ [3]. Therefore, salvation does not depend upon fallen human beings [4] but upon God's grace through through the gift of faith [5].

 

God created the elect for mercy and others for destruction: God chose some people for salvation before the world was created [6] to be objects of his mercy [7] and the rest of humanity God created to be objects for destruction [8]. God's predestined his elect to obtain salvation while passing by the others [9] [10] [11]. God has elect angels and fallen angels as well [12]. Only God elect's are called, justified, and eventually glorified [13]. When Paul preached at Antioch everyone who was appointed for eternal life believed [14]. God redeemed the elect with his own blood [15].

 

Christ died for the elect only and not for the rest of humanity: Christ gave his life for his predestined elect [16]. Not only this, God has predestined everything to be conformed to his plan [17]. God redeemed "all men" and "the whole world" and wanting "everyone" to be saved in the sense that God's chosen elect are not limited to Jews, but to everyone from every tribe, language, race, and nation [18] [19] [20] [21].

 

Once the elected sinner is saved by Christ's redeeming power, they are forever saved: God's elect are called, justified, and glorified [22] proving they are saved from God's wrath in the end [23]. So there is no condemnation for those whom God elected [24] and nothing can separate them from God [25] [26]. God's calling and gift of faith are irrevocable [27]. God resurrected his elect when Christ was resurrected [28]. And what God began will be carried on to completion to the very end [29]. Paul's theology may have originated from his conversion on the road to Damascus. His NDE of the risen Christ may have shown him how everyone is totally dependent upon God's grace and sovereignty for salvation; and it has nothing to do with their cooperation [30]. Paul's theology of salvation is analogous to a narrow bridge going all the way across to heaven. The alternative theology is analogous to a very wide bridge going only half-way across. Another analogy is to imagine Christ walking through a cemetery, calling and raising some corpses, and leaving the rest in their graves to perish.

 

The devastating problem with Paul's theology of salvation: it flat out contradicts everything Jesus taught in the gospels about the importance of behavioral requirements (works) which God expects everyone to perform in order to attain perfection and eternal life. Here are some examples: Jesus taught people how loving God and others is the way to eternal life [31]. Love is God, so without love, it is impossible to attain eternal life [32] [33] [34]. The following parables of Jesus confirm the existence of behavioral requirements leading to salvation: the parable of the Unforgiving Servant [35]; the parable of the Two Debtors [36]; the parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders [37]; and the parable of the Unjust Steward [38].

 

If you do an in depth study of Early Christian history you will soon realize how Christian doctrines have changed radically from the time of Jesus. Paul's tremendous influence in shaping Orthodox Christianity and Eastern Christianity denigrated original Judeo-Christianity into a vulgar system where pledging allegiance to Jesus and becoming a member of a personality cult of Jesus worship is the way to salvation. While Paul generally accepted the teachings of the Twelve coming directly from Christ, he threw away (or completely ignored) the essential Jewish teachings of Christ which is based on performing good works according to God's law. The doctrines of the Church of Rome which Paul established ultimately won the political struggle over the Jerusalem Church and Christianity has never been the same since.

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5. How Near-Death Experiences Solves These Christian Paradoxes

Portrait of JesusAs I read more about the profound insights in NDE testimonies, the more they filled the gaps I had in understanding Christian doctrines. I began to see how concepts such as universal salvation which are found in near-death experiences are also found in the Early Christian teachings of Jesus. I eventually had to deal with the paradoxes and contradictions I found in the Christian doctrines I loved and believed deeply for so many years. This transformational processes caused much mental anguish (on top of my bipolar disorder) but led me on a quest to understand Christianity in light of the insights I was learning from NDEs. By studying a combination of NDE testimony, the lost teachings of Jesus, Jewish history around the time of Christ, Judeo-Christian teachings, lost Church doctrines and an important doctrine of Christian teachings declared a heresy by the Church, I found compatibility between them all. I discovered how Church bishops decided not to include many of the teachings of Jesus circulating among various Christian groups because they were thought to be Gnostic. For example, some bishops held the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation to be suspect and were almost not included in the development of New Testament canon. The Gospel of Thomas (considered to be the oldest gospel) was not included in canon perhaps because it describes Jesus teaching his closest disciples how to obtain salvation through a mystical divine-human unity and the process of reincarnation. The nature of Jesus was the subject of much debate by the Early Church. Scriptures dealing with experiences in the afterlife, such as the Book of Enoch, were not included in the development of canon even though Jesus quoted from them many times in the New Testament. The Pharisees, the Essenes, the Christian Gnostics, and many early Christians were believers in pre-existence and bodily resurrection (reincarnation) and believed in a spiritual form of resurrection taught by Jesus to his disciples (becoming reborn of the Spirit). The general public were not given these closely guarded teachings (including the interpretations of his parables) which is evident in Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus.

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6. The "Resurrection of the Spirit" Versus the "Resurrection of Corpses"

Resurrection of the SpiritA hand coming out of a graveIt is apparent how Jesus meant for the mystery of the resurrection of the dead to be hidden until the last days before he returns. The 1945 and 1947 discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the early Christian writings in Egypt occurred shortly before Israel became a nation again in 1948. All the unfulfilled Bible prophecies concerning a conquering Messiah arriving to rule the throne of David can now be fulfilled. NDE visions of the future support the notion of humanity currently at a crossroads when major earth changes are approaching. but it will not be the end of the world as many believe - it will simply be the end of the old order.

The Christianity taught by Jesus and the Twelve centered upon two types of resurrection: the resurrection of the spirit (spiritual rebirth) and the resurrection of the body (bodily rebirth, reincarnation). But when Paul abandoned his Judaism and Pharisee upbringing, he effectively did not include (or was ignorant of) these important teachings of the Pharisees and Jesus. Paul accepted a version of the resurrection of the dead which is identical to the Persian concept of resurrection that existed before the time of Christ. It describes how people sleep in their graves until the End Time when corpses are resurrected for final judgment. This concept of resurrection won the political battle over the mystical interpretations of resurrection secretly taught by Jesus. The vulgarized version was more palatable for the ignorant general public and this may be why it was defeated. Rome conquered Jerusalem in 70 AD. Many around Jerusalem fled to Egypt where Jewish-Christianity and Gnostic Christianity could continue to practice the mystical teachings of Jesus concerning attaining at-one-ment with God.

In conclusion, by studying the historical records and allowing NDE concepts to guide me, I reached the same conclusion many others have: Christianity as taught by Jesus resembles Tibetan Buddhism more than it does fundamentalist Christianity. Tibetan Buddhism and the early Christian writings emphasizes liberating oneself from the cycle of reincarnation through a spiritual rebirth of the heart, mind, and spirit. Reincarnation, although not a desirable option, is actually a gift from God allowing humans to have as many opportunities as necessary to become permanent residents of the highest heaven. Hell is having to reincarnate and be subjected to death repeatedly until eternal life in heaven is attained. What is fascinating is how these hidden mysteries of Jesus were not limited to Jesus or to Judeo-Christianity. These mystical teachings of attaining a human-divine unity can be found in Buddhism (Tibetan), Islam (Sufi), Judaism (Kabbalah), Hinduism (too many to list), and Christianity (Gnosticism). All teach the same goal: liberating the soul from the flesh through the awakening of the spirit within.

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7. The Gospel of Love According to Jesus and the Near-Death Experience

Love is God.

The law is love.Love is God (1 John 4:8) and loving God within everyone is the way to eternal life (Luke 10:25-28).

 

That's all there is to it! This is the entire gospel of Jesus and the message people learn from countless NDE testimonies! It means allowing the unconditional love from the kingdom of heaven within yourself and then allowing it to manifest into the world. It is about living forever with unconditional love for everyone and everything now. The gospel of Jesus is all about unconditional love: For God so loved the world he gave us his beloved son (John 3:16) that "whoever believes in him" will never die. What does "whoever believes” in him mean? Jesus taught this lesson in context with John 3:19-21 where Jesus refers to those who come into the light and live by the truth of this light - as opposed to those who fear entering into the light because of their fear of judgment. The gospel of Jesus is about finding and entering into the light of God's unconditional love now and not waiting until death to go to heaven. Love is the only thing we take with us at death. This is the same message found in NDE testimonies.

So believing and knowing about unconditional love is not enough. It must be lived, practiced, experienced, embodied, until "I AM". Although this is a very high standard for us to follow, it is the reason we are here in this "World-School of Hard Knocks." We are growing our way to heaven by means of unconditional love (i.e., God) right here on Earth. We are bringing this unconditional love of heaven into this world right now. Perhaps a day will soon come when humans have evolved enough like Jesus to walk upon water, raise the dead and heal the sick. Fortunately, I believe we are getting closer and closer to this goal.

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8. The Scientific, Philosophical, and Religious Foundation for the Gospel of Love

The evolution of man 

The following is my understanding of reality based upon the higher knowledge found in NDEs and their application toward the understanding of science, plilosophy and religion.

 

How we began: In the beginning, there was nothing but one universal, collective consciousness, which people refer to as "Spirit" or "God." Within this one Collective Consciousness are infinite points of consciousness. All things in the past and present, and all things which will ever be in the future, exists as eternal spirit in one of these infinite points of consciousness within the Collective Consciousness. Our spirit is a fractal of God. This means our spirit is both a part of the Whole and the Whole itself. Like a drop of water from the ocean, we are part of the ocean. Like a drop of water from the ocean, the very essence of the ocean is contained within us.

 

The origin of species and dawn of humanity:  Then, at some moment outside of time, came the desire for individuality and self-expression. This led to the creation of the cosmos and souls. The vehicle for our spirit is our soul. In the same way, the vehicle for our soul is our physical body. Our spirit is the eternal part of God. Our soul is a temporary vehicle for our spirit to experience individuality of existence between the physical realm and the spirit realm. The human body evolved from ape-men millions of years ago and it will continues to evolve until it is able do those things which fully evolved people from our past, such as Jesus and Buddha, have achieved. At some point millions of years ago, souls descended upon these ape-men and began influencing them to come down out of the trees and eventually form societies. Then souls began inhabiting the bodies of these ape-men. Thus, the dawn of humanity arose on this planet.

 

Humans were created in the image of God:  Humans are three-dimensional beings: body, soul, spirit. The divine nature is as a manifestation of life, light, and love. The Bible mentions a trinity of personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible also mentions a trinity of human-divine unity: (Body of Christ, Mind of Christ, and Spirit of Christ.) Science and metaphysics describe human awareness in terms of consciousness (mind), subconsciousness (soul), and the collective unconsciousness or superconsciousness (spirit).

 

What happens when we die:  After death, our soul body leaves our physical body. The physical body decays and is lost forever. As a soul, we can then experience in various soul realms as we did every night on Earth in our dreams. While in the soul realms, our soul body is the vehicle for our spirit. Our soul mind functions as our conscious awareness and our spirit mind plays the role of the subconscious mind. Ultimately, we will want to leave the soul realms and enter into the higher spirit realms. When this choice is made and the soul actually enters into the light, the soul merges fully with the light and soul body is shed much like the physical body was shed at death. The memories of the soul remain forever in the mind and the individual is now once again a pure spirit in the spirit realms. As a pure spirit, we exist once again in pure thought form in the mind of the one enormous and fantastic dream called "God."

 

Humanity is evolving in mind, body, and soul:  As human beings, we have been evolving on a biological level for millions of years. Between Earth lives, we spend "eternities" in spirit form in various spirit realms. We also return to these spirit realms every night during our dreams. The reason we choose to come to Earth for another relatively brief human experience is because we are also evolving at the soul level. Through the cycle of birth, death, life in the spirit realms, and rebirth into flesh, we are learning valuable lessons which only Earth lives can give. The goal for every human being is to evolve into perfection in a manner similar to Jesus, Buddha, and other great spiritual leaders. Ultimately, the day will come when the world will be filled with perfected human beings. It will be a time when humans will be able to live as long as they want and perform feats which today we would call "miraculous" - like walking on water. In such a state of perfected evolution, humans will have become "liberated" from this evolutionary cycle and will no longer be subjected to reincarnation. As taught in the mystical forms of the great world religions, liberation is attained by "becoming one" with all things and all people (i.e., "God") through the practice of unconditional love. This spiritual state of one-ness occurs when a person "awakens" their higher spirit-self and brings it into their conscious awareness. In Christianity, this liberation is referred to as spiritual resurrection or spiritual rebirth or being born again. In Buddhism, the state of liberation is known as Nirvana. In Hinduism, it is known as Moksha. In Gnosticism, this liberation occurs through attaining gnosis. All these concepts describe the same thing. It is the liberation of the spirit from the flesh. It is also the symbolism behind the crucifixion of Jesus.

 

Jesus inviting you to come with himPracticing love for one another is the way to heaven on Earth and heaven within:  Jesus taught people how the way to attain liberation is through the practice of unconditional love. Love brings about a one-ness between people and is necessary to attaining the higher dimensions of consciousness. Practicing unconditional love leads to the manifestation of the spirit within us and in our lives and brings our spirit into conscious awareness. It is an awakening of unconditional love within us and is the manifestation of our holy spirit within us. However, it is not enough to merely believe in love. Nor is it enough to merely know about love. To be spiritual beings living in a physical world, we must live love, manifest love, and become the embodiment of love. We do not get there by focusing only on the love and sacrifice of Christ nor through worshipping him.

 

The Christian life involves taking up your own cross and following in Jesus' footsteps by practicing unconditional love:  We can practice unconditional love by crucifying our self-centeredness through self-sacrifice and self-denial for the sake of serving others. "Crucifying the flesh" also means to put to death the desires of the lower self - the animalistic desires - to allow our higher self, our spirit, to come through.

 

The "beast" we are evolving away from:  This lower nature within human beings is the unevolved animal nature within humanity of which we have been slowly shedding for millions of years through evolution and reincarnation. The nature of this unevolved beast within humanity is manifested as self-gratification, self-indulgence, self-centeredness, selfishness, self-importance, self-righteousness, self-delusion, self-condemnation, and the constant clamoring for self - "ego" (symbolically known as the "false god," the "devil," and the unevolved "beast.").

 

Discovering a higher reality and the supremacy of love:  It is the illusion of separation (i.e., the false notion of our not being part of one giant Whole), which is the source of many problems humanity has ever faced. This constant desire for self apart from the Whole must be overcome in order to become the spiritual beings we really are. We are actually spirit beings having a highly evolved human experience. Everything on the physical and soul level is slowly evolving toward perfect unity with the Whole. Here in the physical realm, we are "enrolled" in a "World-School" for a class called "Introduction to Eternal Life 101" to learn how to live with and love the people around us forever. NDE research reveals an open secret about our lives on Earth. Life is a test. It is a gigantic examination for which we will be graded on after death. There is no judgment except self-judgment and we shouldn't even do this. There is no condemnation but self-condemnation and we should not do this either. The life review after death is for our educational benefit, enlightenment, and soul evolution. The life review is where we discover what we have been filling the void within us our entire life. The more we fill our void with love for others, the more we have evolved as soul. The love we have found within our void is what draws us into the light.

 

However, not everyone enters the light immediately after death. There are many reasons for this and they can be found within the NDE testimonies on this website. In general, it requires many human experiences (i.e., lifetimes) until our higher spiritual nature is brought into our consciousness awareness. In the end, no one is lost. There is no eternal damnation. Nobody completely "flunks out" of God's University of Higher Knowledge. God's love is "tough love" as well as unconditional not wanting anyone to be lost but to attain at the physical level what we are at the spirit level.

 

Life is about loving everyone and everything unconditionally forever as individuals and collectively as a Whole which is God.

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9. The Gospel of Love Supports Universal Salvation

Angel climbing the stairway to heavenUltimately, I reached a point in my NDE studies where the hundreds of first-hand eyewitness NDE testimonies of Jesus I read became far more sensible and trustworthy to me than the four testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible. These gospel testimonies are not first-hand testimonies as NDE testimonies are and there are contradictions in the gospel narratives.

 

NDE research dramatically changed my ideas of just about everything on a massive scale. I learned how God is immensely more loving and infinitely more forgiving than I ever knew. I knew God would never abandon anyone forever in hell. The "God of wrath" I once thought existed I now know to be a man-made construct for which to project our fear and own personal weaknesses on. Once I understood how the greatest enemy I will ever have to face and conquer is: my self, an interesting change occurred within me. The Devil I used to blame my sins on and whom I feared all the time evaporated. I began to appreciate the vastness of God's love for all people no matter what their religious or cultural persuasion may be. My narrow religious system cracked and fell away as it became more and more ridiculous to me. Worse still, I discovered my former belief system to be highly dishonoring to God in how it portrays God as throwing the majority of humanity in hell fire to roast and be tortured forever. My former idea of God resembled Charles Manson more than it did of a God of infinite love and I regretted ever having ever believed it. I grew to resent the ignorance within the Church and sympathized with those still trapped by false doctrines. I knew God cannot be limited to any book and realized the universe itself is a greater revelation of God than a zillion Bibles. I realized we could have direct experiences with God. We do not have to rely solely upon 2000-year-old experiences in the Bible. I learned how biblio-idolatry occurs when a person elevates a book to be the infallible words of God.

 

By studying NDEs, I found peace of mind and freedom from rigid beliefs systems and a far greater love for people and Jesus than I would ever have found in the Bible. I discovered truth was everywhere including in other religions. I began to view Christian doctrines in the Light of NDEs in a more spiritual way rather than the inferior literal way. I learned how NDE insights offered greater spiritual lessons in love which can transform the world into the paradise it is meant to be.

 

Although I see a lot of nonsense in every religion, I know the only critical component of every religion is teaching people to love others and God. I know how many people, including myself, need to begin with a narrow religion to direct us within where true spirituality dwells. From narrow religions, people can graduate from "Spirituality 101" when they learn the perfect "religion" is love for others. Because I would be comfortable to consider myself a Buddhist, just as I would be comfortable to consider myself a Christian or a Hindu or a Gnostic, it is difficult when asked what religion I practiced. I used to describe myself as a Christian. But what brand of Christianity believes in reincarnation, pre-existence, the divine nature within humanity, universal salvation, and the non-existence of a Devil? Then I used to answer, "Well, I am Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist" but found out this answer does not make a lot of sense to people. Then I would say, "NDEs are my religion." Nevertheless, once I discovered the kind of love and spirituality found in NDEs, I realized I was no longer concerned about religious dogma anymore. Just follow the simple principle established by Jesus, John, and Paul when they said, "All you need is love."

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10. My Desire to Promote NDE Testimonies and the Spirituality Within Them

Nothing Better Than Death book coverMy love for NDEs and the spirituality I found in them, combined with computer science background, led me to create this website and write a book entitled Nothing Better Than Death. This website is a wonderful labor of love for me and the zealotry I once reserved for religion is now direct toward my passion for bringing the spirituality of the NDE to the internet via my website. It is not my purpose to promote any single religion or even any religion at all. However, there are aspects to NDEs which have profound religious implications. My greatest desire is to promote the supremacy of unconditional love found in NDEs because I believe it is the key for humanity's next stage in human evolution. I believe NDEs will soon prove the survival of consciousness after death without any doubt and this will bring greater love and unity to the world. Imagine a world where everyone understands how, after death, everyone is accountable for every thought, word, and deed. NDE insights equate death as a process of "stepping into" the heaven or hell we have created within ourselves during life. The afterlife is a spectrum of existence where the highest heaven is pure unconditional love and the lowest hell is the absence of love. At death, we awaken to the spiritual environment we have been creating within ourselves and actually inhabiting all our lives. Therefore, death itself is just a body problem. This is all there is to it.

 

My prayer is for this website - the NDE information on it - will enlighten people and help them on their spiritual journey towards unconditional love. This is not some "savior complex" of mine; rather this is an important part of my mission. The light of love as revealed in NDEs is being poured upon the entire world now due to the many people returning from death and their sharing this light with a world living in darkness and starving for light. I believe this tremendous influx of light coming in from NDEs will ultimately deliver the world from the current chaos we are and bring us to a new level of understanding of death and life. It will be the spiritual revolution and unity of man foretold by a multitude of religions, NDEs, and psychic revelations. It will be paradise realized on Earth.

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