As I said, after my dad had Near Death Experience, he was very different. He shocked me when he said, “death has nothing to do with religion…it’s only about love and none of us has anything to worry about when we die.” He said it was bliss and serenity beyond description.
This statement was light years out of Dad’s cosmos. Understand, this is a radical departure from all religious history. Religion has always taught us to fear god and death via judgment and condemnation. Bishop John Spong concedes, “The church has always been in the guilt producing, control business and dangled us between their imaginary heaven and hell as a control tactic.”
Young adults see it, and are over being controlled by the church. New to mankind is this belief we’ll enter a blissful light with relatives and friends helping us. Remarkably, the new “Going into the Light” paradigm has abruptly replaced 1700 years of the church’s judgment scenario.
We don’t seem to grasp the earth shattering significance of this societal shift that’s suddenly occurred in our short lifetime. Now most believe they’ll just pass into a loving light when they die. People know the church is dying, but haven’t correlated its decline with the rise of NDE acceptance. According to Barna research, only 3% of young adults now believe in Satan, judgment or Christianity. If they don’t believe in judgment and Satan, the church says they’re not Christians.
The Southern Baptist Convention is keenly aware of the threat… In the wake of churches and Christian universities reveling in the popular surge of NDE heavenly experiences and “Heaven is For Real” best selling books, the SBC abruptly forbade any Baptist participation, declaring it in direct conflict with scripture and Christianity…that it’s “unrelated spirituality.” And rightfully so… they have their reason to forbid the NDE phenomenon. If everyone just passes into bliss and serenity, nobody’s going to need the church to save them from their biblical fear of judgment and Satan.
And yet, for Christians, the NDE blissful death revelation actually agrees with the teaching of Christ.
His two commandments were that, “God is a god of love, and that we should love and help those less fortunate than ourselves.” Accordingly, original Jewish Christianity was only about love and brotherhood. Original Christianity had no fear of judgment, Satan or hell for 300 years. Roman centurions were stunned that Christians were “oddly” calm when executed. If we believe his simple message that God is love, like Jewish Christians, we wouldn’t be afraid of death either. Judgment, Satan and brimstone were actually pagan religion added to the faith by the Romans 300 years after Christ! Judgment and brimstone were Paul’s contribution long after Christ died.
Thomas Jefferson said, “The church perverted the purest religion ever preached by terrifying the masses for the purpose of gaining wealth and control.” The Romans changed the religion with their Hades threat and codified that revision in their Roman published bible as a control tactic.
Joseph Ratzinger (pope) quit his first seminary, because they conceded “there were two separate and opposing Christianities in the second century. The first was the forbidden Jewish Christianity of Jesus and the second was the gentile ‘Roman Christianity’ of Paul. They noted that Paul was indifferent to the teaching of Christ and the opponent of the religion of love Christ came to announce to the world.” (Catholic Encyclopedia) The greatest paradox may be that Christianity is the largest religion due to its brimstone threat, when Christ never uttered a word about it. That’s why Jefferson said, “Paul was the first corrupter of the teaching of Christ.”
Christianity evolved into a religion that taught us to fear God and Judgment Day. “All must come before the judgment seat of Christ.” (Corinthians) They changed Christ to being the pagan god model of wrath and vengeance to keep the citizens controlled with fear. The church knows fear is the greatest motivator and has prospered utilizing this culture of fear… They used it to motivate the masses to buy enough indulgences to build the world’s largest cathedral, St. Peter’s Basilica. Martin Luther was so repulsed, he risked being burnt, protesting that evil practice.
This wasn’t the teaching of Christ… Fear is the opposite of love. Fear was the message of Paul and the Romans. The Jewish Christianity of Christ was the opposite of the Roman Christianity of Paul.
It’s hard to believe that Christ’s message was so simple… It’s sad most won’t understand until they die… God is only love, so death is nothing to worry about. Early Christians couldn’t read or write, but they got it. We’re educated, but we don’t have a clue… so we live our lives worried about dying!
Millions have already experienced this modern revelation since Raymond Moody discovered the Near Death Experience in 1975. Now there’s a tsunami of NDE confirmation from people all around us… swept from the brink of death by defib resuscitation everyday. Ask them…they’ll say it was bliss and serenity… and they’ll never fear dying again.
Google their feed back…it’s endless. You can free yourself by finding and learning from people who’ve had Near Death Experiences. Just do it! Anything you can do to get rid of fear will improve the quality of your life.
Of course, the Southern Baptist Convention condemns this emerging spiritual perspective. This is why Parade Magazine says 24% have left church and are moving toward the new “Spiritualism” in America. (10/4/09)