Jesus Christ and the Near-Death
The following are some of
the important insights concerning Jesus from many
near-death accounts and my own research concerning
the NDE and the Christian connection to it. There
are many interesting experiences with Jesus from
NDEs and many insights concerning him within them.
Some of these experiences are humorous and all of
them profound. There are many different descriptions
of the appearance of Jesus which is because, as
one person put it, Jesus appears to us in a way
that we can recognize him. You will find all the
various descriptions of Jesus from NDE accounts
on this website. You will find interesting quotes
and NDE insights concerning Jesus.
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1. NDE encounters with Jesus
The following is a list of some very interesting encounters
with Jesus that near-death experiencers had during their
Jesus rescued a man from
hell when he cried out for him. (Rev.
Jesus pled a woman's
case before God in order to take her out of hell.
Jesus hugged a woman
and she described it as feeling like a million volts
of electricity going through her. (Susan)
Jesus gave a man a hug
and told him to, "Go and hug others."
A woman was carried in
the arms of Jesus toward the light of heaven. (Linda
Jesus turned into a giant
sphere of light and absorbed a man with the ecstasy
of love. (Carter
Jesus told a gay man
that he would send guardian angels to help him when
he returned. It was two gay men who helped him.
Liz Dale's research)
Jesus said to a child,
"Will you come unto me?" The child told Jesus, "No."
Jesus told a child that
because of his visit to heaven the child would never
be the same again. (Randy
Jesus told a child that
her heart condition was given to her to stay compassionate.
A man realized that the
light of Jesus is everything in the universe including
A woman saw a beautiful
valley with people in it and Jesus was looking over
it all. (Kerry
A woman saw Jesus turn
sideways and stretch out his arms as a bridge between
her and God. (Valvita
Jesus told a man to turn
around and when he did he saw himself being pulled
out of the car wreckage. (David
Jesus gave a man something
to eat that tasted like chocolate. After the man
ate it, Jesus informed him that he just ate the
Bible and because of this, he will remember its
Jesus gave a man a guided
tour through four afterlife realms. (Dr.
A blind woman was reluctant
to return until Jesus told her that she is going
to have children. (Vicki
Jesus revealed a woman's
mission to her in order to encourage her to return.
Jesus told a man that
his "second coming" will occur before the man dies.
However, the man died in December, 2002 and it is
apparent the second coming of Christ hasn't happened.
However, if Christ's second coming will be like
his first coming, then a case can be made that perhaps
Christ has indeed already returned. He was born
into this world by a woman in his first coming;
Christ may return in the same manner. (Dr.
Jesus had a child look
into a television-like device to see her future.
Jesus and a man together
traveled back in time to the Stone Age to watch
cave men and women. (Guenter
A man traveled back in
time and lived in the minds of Jesus and his disciples.
A man traveled back in
time to witness the actual crucifixion of Jesus.
A man saw Jesus on a
cross in heaven and Jesus glanced at him with a
look of great love. (Dr.
A woman saw Jesus with
blood on his robe and he told her, "This is the
blood that I shed on the cross for your sins." (Lorraine
Jesus gave a woman who
attempted suicide the choice to either reincarnate
or return to earth. (Sandra
Jesus asked a woman if
she wanted to be reincarnated. (Jeanie
A man saw the Being of
light transform into Jesus, Buddha and Krishna.
Jesus was observed summoning
other beings to join him by producing a musical
note which they could hear. (Rev.
Before an 8-year-old with cancer
passed away, the child had an NDE where Jesus was seen driving
a school bus. Such NDEs experienced by children, transformed
a pediatric oncologist from Yale from an atheist to a person
convinced that NDEs are real spiritual experiences. (Dr.
"Ralph Duncan was a cancer patient who had an NDE where
he encountered a luminous being whom he took to be Jesus. Ralph
noted that Jesus didn't look anything like the traditional images
of him. Jesus' eyes where "shooting fire" which resulted in
Ralph being cured from his cancer. (Dr.
John P. was in the presence of the
Jesus who expressed unconditional love and acceptance toward
him. Jesus then reached out and gave him a hug. The hug was
symbolic of the lack of affection that John experienced from
being a neglected child. At that point, John was healed from
my past. Jesus then told him to go and hug others. (John
During George Rodonaia's NDE, he realized that all he
needed to do was think about something and it would come to
him. He felt it necessary to learn about the Bible. So, he went
back in time and lived in the minds of Jesus and his disciples.
He heard their conversations, experienced eating, passing wine,
smells, tastes - yet had no body. He was pure consciousness.
Sandra Rogers asked the light, whom she identified as
Jesus, how people from other religions get to heaven. She was
shown that the group, or organization, that people profess alliance
to is inconsequential. What is important is how we show our
love for God by the way we treat each other. Sandra learned
that this is because when we pass to the spiritual realm we
will all be met by Jesus. (Sandra
David Oakford was told that Jesus is the being who is
entrusted by God to ensure that souls evolve. He was told that
Jesus is of the highest in vibration than any other soul. He
said that God holds Jesus in the highest of favor because he
was the best example of what humans need to do. (David
Mellen-Thomas Benedict had a conversation with the light
who kept changing into different figures, such as Jesus, Buddha,
Krishna, mandalas, archetypal images and signs. Mellen-Thomas
asked the light to clarify itself. The light responded that
your beliefs shape the kind of feedback you are getting before
the light. If you were a Buddhist or Catholic or Fundamentalist,
you get a feedback loop of your own stuff. Mellen-Thomas then
became aware that he was seeing humanity's Higher Self matrix
- a mandala of human souls within each of us. (Mellen-Thomas
Jesus appeared to George Ritchie with tremendous light.
Far more than power, what emanated from this presence was an
astonishing unconditional love. It was a love beyond his wildest
imagining. It was a love that knew every unlovable thing about
him -the quarrels with his stepmother, his explosive temper,
the sex thoughts he could never control, every mean, selfish
thought and action since the day he was born-and accepted him
just the same. After a life review, George is give a guided
tour of the afterlife with Jesus. (Dr.
encounter with Jesus: Jesus then poured pure love
within him and his whole soul was immersed in love. Jesus told
Guenter that he needed to be cleansed. Jesus lifts him up and
places him into a red light. Afterward, Jesus took him to the
top of a mountain to converse. Jesus told him that there were
very powerful and cunning beings who were his enemies with whom
he had been constantly fighting. He told Guenter to warn the
world against them. Then Jesus told him to turn around. When
he did he heard people screaming and saw fire and smoke that
gradually took on the shape of a mushroom. Jesus told Guenter
that he will do everything in his power to prevent this from
happening. Jesus told him that this war has been going on for
a very long time and the evil beings had become more and more
powerful. Jesus said that if this continued he would not see
any means of preventing them from taking over everything. He
said that if the enemy had really succeeded in coming into his
world, the war would have been lost. He would have been powerful
enough, no doubt, to fight them off, but the war would have
been lost in the long run. Jesus was afraid of loosing this
war. Then it was intimated to Guenter that Jesus needed help.
Jesus told him that the only way he could help him was by going
back and telling the world about his experience. Jesus told
Guenter that he would become a new type of teacher. He said
that he was going to teach while being in a sort of sleep. While
asleep, Guenter would be able to hear and talk. Jesus said that
people will come to him and ask him questions. What he will
say while asleep will be of much importance.
note: This is exactly
had his out-of-body journeys to heaven to obtain information.]
tells Guenter to write down everything that happened to him.
Jesus then takes him back into time to the Stone Age to observe
early humans. Afterward, Jesus lead him through a life review.
Betty Eadie's encounter
with Jesus: "I saw a pinpoint of light in the distance.
As I approached it, I noticed the figure of a man standing in
it, with the light radiating all around him. As I got closer
the light became brilliant - brilliant beyond any description,
far more brilliant than the sun. I saw that the light immediately
around him was golden, as if his whole body had a golden halo
around it, and I could see that the golden halo burst out from
around him and spread into a brilliant, magnificent whiteness
that extended out for some distance. I felt his light blending
into mine. And as our lights merged, I felt as if I had stepped
into his countenance, and I felt an utter explosion of love.
It was the most unconditional love I have ever felt, and as
I saw his arms open to receive me I went to him and received
his complete embrace. I felt his enormous spirit and knew that
I had always been a part of him, that in reality I had never
been away from him. I knew that he was aware of all my sins
and faults, but that they didn't matter right now. He just wanted
to hold me and share his love with me, and I wanted to share
mine with him. There was no questioning who he was. I knew that
he was my Savior, and friend, and God. He was Jesus Christ,
who had always loved me, even when I thought he hated me. He
was life itself, love itself, and his love gave me a fullness
of joy, even to overflowing. I knew that I had known him from
the beginning, from long before my earth life, because my spirit
His light now began to fill my mind,
and my questions were answered even before I fully asked them.
His light was knowledge. It had power to fill me with all truth.
As I gained confidence and let the light flow into me, my questions
came faster than I thought possible, and they were just as quickly
answered. I understood that he was the Son of God, though he
himself was also a God, and that he had chosen from before the
creation of the world to be our Savior. I understood, or rather,
I remembered, his role as creator of the earth. His mission
was to come into the world to teach love. This knowledge was
more like remembering." (Betty
"I knew right away that it was Jesus. I knew by his eyes."
"You can see yourself mirrored in Jesus' eyes. He can
look straight through you and into you. He glows with an iridescent
golden light." (Valvita
"Ralph Duncan was dying of leukemia and he had an NDE
during which he encountered Jesus who appeared as an luminous
being and did not look anything like the traditional images
of him. Jesus' eyes were 'shooting fire' and he communicated
a telepathic message: 'That's enough, it's dead, it's gone.'
Ralph understood this to mean that he no longer have leukemia.
Through Jesus' eyes 'shooting fire' and saying 'That's enough,'
it was understood to mean, in effect, 'I've zapped you with
enough voltage for this to cure you.' Ralph later recovered
from his leukemia." (Dr.
"He is about 5' 9" and about 150 lbs. He is slim and
handsome. When he hugs you, it feels like a million volts of
electricity going through your body." (Susan)
"Everything you would want to see in Jesus' face is there."
"He was dressed in white, long sleeve floor-length robe
with a wide gold band around his mid-section and wears sandals.
He has a long face and a broad chin. He communicated by looking
at me." (Clara)
"Children tend to be explicit about skin tones when talking
about any religious figure who visited them. Jesus is seen as
a man with tan skin. Adults are the ones who usually see Jesus
as white." (P.M.H.
"To me he looked like the picture of the 'Sacred Heart,'
the one looking upward." (Stanley
description of Jesus: "When I first saw him, the light
and the glory and the surging of power was so tremendous. It
was like an avalanche of feeling over me. At the present time
I just don't feel that I have found a way in which to describe
what it was like - an indescribable contentment and uplifting,
a tremendous ecstasy of feeling on all realms, being completely
out of yourself, an unusually vivid knowledge of the intense,
sympathetic love around you - the warmth of it, the light of
it -something that is not external but is part of you. It is
like a sunrise on a mountain that is covered with snow, when
the colors come down and reflect on you- a dazzling brilliance
that would make you close your eyes and yet feel it in every
pore of your body. This is the feeling that you have as you
come toward the LIGHT.
"And then suddenly to hear the voice
that says, "Look at me." And when you look
- there, just as you've always imagined -you see him. He shows
himself to us according to our own understanding. If I want
to think of him as a man who walked by the lake and a man who
looked as the Jews looked at that time, then I'll see him that
way. If in my thought I think he's modern and bright, then I'll
see him that way. We do not see him as the medieval painters
made him. We see him as we, in our own selves, have pictured
him, because otherwise we wouldn't recognize him. How would
we know unless we have the picture already in our own being
-in our own minds, in our own hearts.
"To me he came walking across the
air- across the tops of the buildings, the trees. I'd always
known he'd come toward me with his arms and hands outstretched.
He said, "Come, let me show you" - because
I have an insatiable curiosity and I must see and I must know.
But there was no "falling asleep in the arms of Jesus."
There was the knowing warmth of BEING that I've always known
would be. It was so much beyond what words can tell.
"It is true that the Lord Jesus can
take a form so solid that those who are in the body may see
him - those who are in the dream state may see him and be called
by him. But when I saw him transcendent, I was days and days
just marveling and sensing and knowing. This was my rebirth.
The body in which I now function was strengthened -made resilient,
firm, aware. When I first came over here, I only knew what I
had known and seen, shall we say, in a vision. But that was
to see and not to experience. Until you have experienced it
and been caught up without the ties and the cord that keep you
with the physical body, it is very difficult to comprehend.
you are released from the bondage of the physical body, you
have no way of knowing the feeling and the uplifting and the
thoughts that come into your head. The body is so much heavier
than the personality which goes on. But even in your personality,
there are times when you are completely detached - we call it
a mystical ecstasy. Every time I turn my mind toward him now,
I am engulfed in the power and time has no limits or meaning.
It may be a flash, it may be hours -I know not. It is just a
great knowing. I ask and he's there. He says, 'Follow me,' and
we follow. But we don't follow with our feet. The whole being
of you follows him because he is everywhere - in and through
and around and everywhere. He is a manifestation of God." (Margaret
"Perhaps the greatest reason why Jesus is described in
differing ways in NDEs can best be described by
who revealed that Jesus appears in a way that you can recognize
him and/or just as you've always imagined you see him. He shows
himself to us according to our own understanding. The reason
for this is that souls can appear in any form they desire. This
phenomenon shows up in many near-death accounts. For example,
and her two companions, who were sharing the same NDE, each
saw the Being of Light as entirely different beings. Beings
of light asked
Rev. Howard Storm
if he wanted them to change their appearance so that he wouldn't
be frightened. Jesus appeared to
Dr. Gerard Landry
on the cross as if he were flesh and bones, still with his nail-pierced
hands and feet, and the wound in his side.
had a life review and the being who him through his life review
transformed from a ball of light into a hooded and robed figure.
Ignorant souls in the dark realms can transform themselves into
hideous creatures with melting faces and foul odors, for example.
Even the experiencers, such as
can transform themselves into an orb of light. With this in
mind, here are a few NDE descriptions of Jesus. More will be
added soon." (Kevin
dark brown and light red, wavy
blue, piercing, transparent
olive and light golden
beautiful, large, full of meaning
dark brown, shoulder length
dark eyes with black around eyelids, eyes of liquid
A 13-year-old child with a heart condition asked Jesus
during an NDE if he gave her the heart condition so that she
would have a cross to carry like he did as her sixth-grade teacher
told her. Jesus replied, "No, this heart condition
of yours is not a cross from me for you to bear. This heart
condition is a challenge to help you grow and stay compassionate."
Jesus told Randy Gehling that he
should never worry if people doubted his story or could not
understand what he was telling them. "One day, everyone
will come to see for themselves what you have seen." (Randy
As Jesus was about to leave me with them, I felt his
amusement again, and he seemed to whisper to my spirit, "Go
learn of things," and I understood that I was free to see
and experience all that I wanted. (Betty
"During Dr. Richard Eby's NDE, Jesus commanded to tell
people that: "These are the last days before I return
for my body of believers. I am coming for them soon!" Jesus
explained that he would be giving some of his children many
documenting evidences to validate his prophecies. Jesus told
Eby that: "I need eyewitnesses of my glory and truth
now. You are but one. Go, tell them. There is but little while
until I come for my body of believers." (Dr.
Vicki Umipeg, blind since birth, saw Jesus during her
NDE. She noticed that he is a figure of great radiance. Jesus
greeted her tenderly while she conveyed her excitement to him
about her newfound omniscience and her joy at being there with
him. Telepathically, Jesus said to her: "Isn't it
wonderful? Everything is beautiful here, and it fits together.
And you'll find that. But you can't stay here now. It's not
your time to be here yet and you have to go back." (Vicki
Jesus lifted Linda Stewart from the void and into the
light filling her with ecstasy and love. She realized that the
only reality is God and that there is no other. And God is love.
She turned to Jesus and said, "This is beautiful. I am home.
This is where I want to be. I want to stay." And Christ answered: "You
can stay for a little while and then you must return." (Linda
"In the NDE documentary video entitled "Shadows",
Cindy Massey described a conversation she had with Jesus
about having to return to life during her near-death experience.
Describing this conversation with Jesus to other is difficult
for her. She stated, "This parts really hard. As many times
as I tell it, I keep thinking I'm going to get through this
"I want to come home now."
"No, you can't" He replied.
"But I don't want to stay there anymore. I don't
"I know that."
"Well, I just want to come home. They are very mean
down there. I don't like it."
"I grieve for you and what they've done
to you. And I grieve for what they do to
each other. I grieve deeply. I hurt for
you and for all of you. You have to go back.
You have to return."
"Because you promised me."
"But I can do it another time and another place."
"There is no other time. There is no other place.
You must do it this time. You promised."
"Well, you don't understand." When Cindy looked
into his eyes, she knew he did.
"You promised me, child, it would be this time.
You must return but I promise you I will be back
when it is time for you to go."
"I don't know what I am supposed to do."
"You'll know. You'll know when it's time and you'll
know what to do.'" (Cindy
Before the universe was created, every soul that ever
existed and will exist, including Jesus, was created by God.
Millions of years ago, some of these souls entered into the
universe and some entered the path of the earth and desired
to experience it. They began to possess the bodies of ape-men
and through the process of millions of years of evolution became
homo sapiens. The race of humanity was influenced by a soul
who had completed its experience of creation and returned to
God. This is the soul known as Jesus. (Edgar
After reincarnating as the Biblical personalities of
Adam, Enoch, and Melchizedek (to name a few), Jesus knew that
he needed to create a pattern for humans to follow to attain
at-one-ment with God to lead them back to their heavenly origins.
He did this through his final incarnation as the humble carpenter
from Galilee. By becoming triumphant over death and the body,
he laid down a way for people to follow to crucify self and
the ego and return to God. (Edgar
Dr. PMH Atwater, researched the identity of the initial
greeters met in near-death states. She discovered that religious
figures usually conform to the predominant religion the experiencer
was exposed to, but not always. Jesus has appeared in near-death
scenarios of Jewish people, for instance; a Muslim man once
told her he was met by Buddha. (P.M.H.
The so-called "trinity" that Christians talk
about (i.e., Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is actually how God
can be viewed from the earth's three-dimensional perspective.
That is, God can be viewed three-dimensionally as Mind, Body,
and Spirit. In this sense, the trinity can be explained as the "Mind
of God", the "Body of God," and the "Spirit
of God." The Bible describes this as the "Mind
of Christ" which
is the Son - the light of God. The "Body
of Christ" which
is the Father - the life of God. And the "Spirit
of Christ" which
is the Holy Spirit - the love of God. This is why Jesus could
say that "you
are gods." In other
words, all humans can be as Jesus was: one with the Mind of
God, the Body of God, and the Spirit of God. (Edgar
"The way out of the void (outer darkness) is simple.
You must think of love. If you are a Christian and you think
of Jesus and you see Jesus as love, then you will be thinking
of love. To recognize love as a reality is the key to escaping
from the void." (Brian
The Biblical references to the title of "Christ" (the
anointed one) is a reference to the divine consciousness within
human beings. In this respect, it can be said that Jesus and
Buddha became Christs because they were a manifestation of the
divine nature in humanity. This divine nature is also known
by other titles in various religious traditions such as:
This union of the human with the divine is the ultimate goal
of everyone and is spiritually possible for all. (Edgar
"The higher one's soul development, the brighter the
light will shine from their spirit. What determines what one
looks like in the spirit world is the person's quality of heart
and life. One's inner quality is perceived as light. One's features
are visible but the light that comes from their very essence
is the identifying feature. For example, because they lived
totally for other people, Jesus and other religious leaders
emanate brilliant light." (Nora
Edgar Cayce foresaw that Jesus would return in the year
1998. Critics who are not very familiar with the Cayce material
have pointed out that 1998 has come and gone and the second
coming has not occurred. Such critics wrongly expect the second
coming to happen when Jesus appears in the sky with a chorus
of angels while Gabriel blows a horn and dead bodies crawl out
of their graves. This idea of the resurrection was the result
of a misunderstanding of the concept of reincarnation - the
ancient concept of birth and rebirth. (Edgar
"The fact that Christianity is so dominant in the West
may be the reason that the Being of Light appears in the form
of Jesus so frequently in western NDEs. To Buddhists, the Being
of Light often appears in the form of Buddha. To Jews, the Being
of Light may appear in the form as Adam (as revealed in the
Zohar) or the Jewish Messiah. To Hindus, the Being of Light
may appear as the Lord of Death." (Kevin
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Religious insights concerning Jesus
Jesus teaching his disciples about the reincarnation
of Elijah as John the Baptist:
|Jesus said, "For
all the prophets and the law have prophesied until
John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is
Elijah who was to come." ...
|And the disciples
asked him, saying, "Why then do the scribes
say that Elijah must come first?" But he answered
them and said:
indeed is to come and will restore all things. But
I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they
did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished.
So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hand."
|Then the disciples
understood that he had spoken of John the Baptist
"But I tell you,
Elijah has come." (Matthew
"The main controversy during the early Church age was
about the nature of humanity and how humanity is saved. It involved
two pictures of Jesus: Either he was God who had always been
God or he was a human who became God's Son. If he was a human
who became God's Son, then that implied that other humans could
also become Sons of God. This idea was unacceptable to the orthodox,
hence their insistence that Jesus had always been God and was
entirely different from all created beings. Otherwise, it implied
that the soul did not need the Church to achieve salvation."
"Jesus constantly taught the importance of good works
of love to achieve spiritual growth. The idea that people achieve
at-one-ment merely by giving verbal assent to Jesus, or by worshipping
Jesus, or by merely believing in his name, or by believing in
his work on the cross, is a gross distortion of his teachings.
Having faith in
Having the faith of
Christ means to become like Jesus through
living a life of love and good works
toward everyone." (Kevin
"We can each experience a taste of His embrace by opening
ourselves to His unconditional love and then by giving that
love away to everyone we meet. The ripple effect, from its very
source, is available to all who are willing to pass it along
to others. Heaven can be anywhere." (Betty
"More information about Jesus and his mission can be
found in many NDEs such as ,
"The promises of Jesus given in the Gospel of John can
help you unlock your inner self." (Edgar
Central to mainstream Christian doctrine is that God required
a human sacrifice for sin. The gospels tell us Jesus believed
the culmination of his divine mission was to die for the sake
of others. In Jesus' day, it was believed animal sacrifices
were necessary for the forgiveness of sins. This made good sense
to people two thousand years ago; but to the modern mind it
is utterly ridiculous. The idea that God needs human or animal
sacrifice to be appeased seems repulsive and barbaric. It is
also incredibly unjust for God to require the killing the innocent
for the transgressions of the guilty. The Bible suggests there
are much deeper spiritual reasons for Christ's death and why
Jesus ultimately volunteered to have himself killed. The following
list describes some of these deeper spiritual reasons.
Jesus' death was a way to emphasize the major point
of his teachings which is to practice unconditional
love through self-sacrifice, self-deprecation, and
self-denial by crucifying your lower beastly nature
of humanity which is self-gratification, self-indulgence,
self-centeredness, self-righteousness, self-importance,
self-condemnation, selfishness, and humanity's constant
clamoring for SELF (i.e., the ego, the "false god",
Because of Jesus' death, his teachings proliferated
and drew worldwide attention. The incredible injustice
of his execution, combined with his life-changing
teachings, made Jesus one of the greatest spiritual
teachers the world has ever known.
Because of Jesus' death, he demonstrated his testimony
to be highly credible because of his willingness
to die in such an extremely horrible execution for
the sake of his testimony and teachings. A liar
would not suffer this much and die for the sake
of a lie. A lunatic would not say the profound things
Jesus said. The only other option left is that Jesus
was who he said he was and his teachings are therefore
Because of Jesus' death, he fulfilled a large number
of Hebrew prophecies which drew a large number of
Jews to his cause to build the foundation for his
Because of his death, Jesus was able to return to
heaven in order to continue his ministry on earth
at a later time. His return to earth from heaven
will satisfy prophecies demonstrating him to be
the Christian Messiah. Should his return be a spiritual
return instead of literal one, his return may represent
a time when the Holy Spirit will rule the collective
consciousness of humanity.
Because of Jesus' death, he was able to visit his
disciples in spirit at a later time. Their testimony
of Jesus' ability to conquer death provided the
world with strong evidence of life after death.
His after-death visitations with his disciples are
remarkably similar to modern reports of after-death
Because of Jesus' death, he was better able to serve
humanity through the outpouring ministry of the
Holy Spirit which Jesus manifested throughout his
life. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit resulted
in the spreading of his teachings throughout the
One particular near-death experiencer,
Arthur Yensen, said Jesus also came to stop
the age-old practice of slaughtering innocent animals
as scapegoats for human beings in the name of God.
Killing animals for nourishment is one thing, but
killing them for the purpose of removing the guilt
of people's misdeeds is abhorrent. Spiritually mature
people pay their OWN debts and seek the forgiveness
of those they offended. Having an innocent one killed
to pay your debts is for the spiritually immature.
Jesus himself said we must take up our OWN cross
and follow him.
Betty Eadie, life on earth is our opportunity
to learn unconditional love as Jesus taught it and
to serve and sacrifice personal welfare in behalf
of others. Part of Jesus' mission was to demonstrate
this ... our mission is to live as he did.
I am sure there are other spiritual
reasons for Jesus' death. Unfortunately, for thousands
of years the human sacrifice motif has been the dominate
motif in Christianity concerning Christ's self-sacrificial