Near-Death Experiences and Religion

By Kevin Williams

Religion and peace.According to near-death testimonies, there is a consensus that humans are spirit beings more than physical beings. Before you were born, you existed as a spirit sent here to embody flesh for higher spiritual reasons. Some of these reasons include: (1) to bring light into a world of darkness; (2) to bring heaven to Earth; (3) to complete a mission for God; (4) to evolve as a human being; (5) to satisfy a desire for further soul growth; (6) to qualify for higher spirit realms; but more importantly, (7) to love, laugh, play and live for the sole purpose of it because this is the path to holiness. Whether we realize it or not, love is what we seek and what we need to sustain us. At our core is a spark of divinity of perfect love which needs to be awakened. We don't go to heaven. We grow to heaven. Heaven and hell are not locations but are spiritual conditions within us. The spiritual growth we have attained in a lifetime is the spiritual condition we take with us after death. Death is merely a physical problem. When we die, we simply "step" into the spiritual condition we have cultivated all our lives. NDEs reveal heaven to be about deeds - not creeds. Therefore, people of many cultures and religions form the societies of heaven. Everyone, religious or not, believing in God or not, transitions to the spirit world as part of the natural process of life. Just as one doesn't need to be religious to live in the physical world, one does not need to profess a particular faith to live in the spirit world. But the universal law of God is that when we do unto others, the same will be done unto us - the Golden Rule or karma. This is because everyone is a part of one Spirit. Separation is an illusion. The more we live in love, the closer we come to God. This is because love is God; and this love is the connection holding people together. This love also holds everything in the universe together. Religions are outward cultural organizations designed to lead people inward toward spiritual love. True "religion" is to love others as we should love ourselves. This is the governing principle of the spirit world. Life in the physical world is a cycle of improvements with the goal of awakening us to this divine love within us which leads to perfection. All paths ultimately lead back to God: back to unity and love. Loving others is what really matters most. Everything else - our religion, how much money we made, our social status, our achievements, and our academic degrees - is totally irrelevant by comparison . What is most important is how we show our love for God by the way we love each other and ourselves. All religions are necessary because there are people who need what they teach. It doesn't matter what you call God - the Light, Allah, Yahweh, our Father, whatever - we are all a part of the divine. Very special people with important missions have been placed in all the world's religions that they might help others attain spiritual awakening and soul growth. All the world religions are precious in God's sight.

NDEs and Religion Index
1. Hindu NDEs 8. Native American NDE
2. Buddhist NDEs 9. Mormon NDEs
3. Jewish NDEs 10. Bahá’í NDE
4. Ancient Greek NDE 11. Atheist NDEs
5. Christian NDEs 12. Religion and NDE Research
6. Catholic Medieval NDEs 13. Religious Interpretations of NDEs
7. Muslim NDEs    
Other NDEs and Religion Links
1. Zoroastrianism NDEs - webpages.uidaho.edu 5. Jainism NDEs - www.outofbodytravel.org
2. Taoism NDEs (PDF) Ebook icon. - www.newdualism.org 6. Sikhism NDEs - www.lovinglight.com
3. Confucianism NDEs - www.outofbodytravel.org 7. Wiccan NDEs - www.nderf.org
4. Shintoism NDEs - www.nderf.org 8. Pagan NDEs - www.nderf.org
Afterlife Beliefs of World Religions
1. Hinduism Afterlife Beliefs (4000 BC) 8. Taoism Afterlife Beliefs (440 BC)
2. Judaism Afterlife Beliefs (2000 BC) 9. Christianity Afterlife Beliefs (30 AD)
3. Zoroastrianism Afterlife Beliefs (1000 BC) 10. Islam Afterlife Beliefs (622 AD)
4. Buddhism Afterlife Beliefs (560 BC) 11. Tibetan Buddhism Afterlife Beliefs (1200 AD)
5. Shinto Afterlife Beliefs (500 BC) 12. Sikhism Afterlife Beliefs (1500 AD)
6. Confucianism Afterlife Beliefs (500 BC) 13. Mormonism Afterlife Beliefs (1820 AD)
7. Jainism Afterlife Beliefs (420 BC) 14. Bahá'í Afterlife Beliefs (1863 AD)
 

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