I have always been intrigued by near death experiences. There certainly are
trends or similarities regardless of the person's religious background. One
thing that has always intrigued me is what appears to be the stark difference
between emphasis between our earthly emphasis on a "true" religion or
church and a complete lack of that in those near death experiences. The few
experiences I have read in which the person asked or was told about religion,
relate that actual churches or religion is not what is relevant. Even LDS
experiences don't emphasize a single true church.This reality and
the reality that there are so many diverse spiritual experiences among people of
such diverse beliefs here on this earth are the two reasons why I lean toward
many paths leading to the same spiritual reality.
what a sweet story... and one that really strengthens my faith.
I saw an interview with this boy. When asked if he saw God he said yes and that
God was the largest thing in the universe. Considering this with some of his
other answers, I decided the answers were a cross between coached (from previous
books on this subject)and made up.His story may sound nice and
feel-goodish, but I have my doubts.
I would be interested to hear this reverend father has re-examined his belief in
the generally excepted Christian view in the Trinity, in light of his son's
declaration: Jesus told me he died on the cross so we could go see his Dad.
That's a sweet thought about what Colton's experience teaches us. But too bad
Colton didn't ask Jesus, "How come there aren't any Mormons here? Or Jews?
Or Buddhists, Muslims, New Agers, etc." Then Jesus would have had to
explain that "Dad" so loved the world that He sent everyone but
fundamentalist Christians to eternal torment.In short, we're being
schizo to allow one part of Colton's testimony to comfort us while ignoring the
rest of the theology behind it.Colton might also have asked,
"How come your Dad needed your blood--or anyone's blood--in order to
forgive them? He sounds like a Stephen King character to me. Let me out of
I would like to have heard what his son related. I do believe we are that close
to heaven when things are critical and depending on our willingness to believe
and listen, these experiences can have a tremendous effect on our lives.