Is There Life After Your Body Quits

When people appear to “die” and then have a “near death experience” why do these people have different experiences?

Body parts, including organs, are kept “alive” until those working on a patient decide to stop trying to revive. And when physicians can not revive a person, their body, they declare them dead. But as we said in our post Is Brain Dead – Dead physicians are focused on the body, the flesh being “alive”. And when physicians detect organs functioning, even if the person is comatose, they will hook them up to machines to keep their organs functioning.

Near death experiences are people who have “died” and come back. People have said they could see the doctors and nurses working on their body. These people said they were like floating above their body.

People who have died and “come back” have explained experiences they have had while they were dead, according to doctors stating they “died”. And the experiences these “dead” people describe are vivid, colorful and they never forget their experience. Yet the doctors claim they are dead. Which shows us, most doctor’s focus is technically not life, but keeping the organs of a body functioning. So I ask again –

When people appear to “die” and then have a “near death experience” why do these people have different experiences? Even God tells us, after death of the physical body, people will have different experiences. Where does God say that? Scripture has many examples. A very clear distinction is Luke 16. But we also know of the account of Moses and when Saul had the witch of Endor call up Samuel from the “dead”.  And remember the mount of transfiguration where Moses and Elijah appeared? To understand, look at Luke 16.

In Luke 16 Jesus tells us what happens after death. Not once does Jesus call this explanation a parable. He even tells us who these people are and what happened to them. So we see two people and they both died in their body. Their body / flesh died meaning their organs quit. Yet, two different things happened to them. Can you find the two different things?

Luke 16:19-31 KJV  “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
[20] And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
[21] And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
[22] And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
[23] And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
[24] And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
[25] But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
[26] And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
[27] Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
[28] For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
[29] Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
[30] And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
[31] And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

Yes, verse 22 –  the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

Clearly, we learn the beggar Lazarus was a believer because God sent his angels to get Lazarus and carry him to heaven. [ This is not the same Lazarus Jesus rose from the dead because that Lazarus was not a beggar.]

So we learn from Jesus explaining this, believers are carried to heaven, by angels, after our body quits, dies. This explains with “near death experiences” why so many say they are moving towards a bright light. They say they know they are moving through the air.

But the rich man was not a believer. It had nothing to do with the rich man’s wealth but it was because he was not a believer. What happened to him? He was buried. And notice, in “hell”  he lifted up his eyes. After his earthly body died he was given another body and that new body could see. His new body could feel, he felt pain and describes it as torment. He could speak. He had a brain to reason because he knew dipping water onto his tongue would cool him.

And when the man in hell tries to reason with God, God tells him no. God says his family has the scriptures to show them the way to heaven. Then the man asks for a miracle by saying if one rose from the dead they would believe. God tells him no. No they will not believe even then. After all, not only did Jesus raise from the dead but Jesus rose the other Lazarus from the dead and many still would not believe.

This explains why some people who have had near death experiences describe falling, falling into darkness. They say they were fearful. Some say they saw “weird” things. (Did you ever read the book of Ezekiel? )  When these people are revived, their experiences often change them for the rest if their mortal life.

My prayer is you will not wait to see if you can be revived if necessary. And not once are we told by God in scripture, to say a prayer to go to heaven. Not once are we told to do a list of works to go to heaven. Not once are we told to believe in God to go to heaven. What are we told?

Acts 16:31 KJV  “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Believing on means you put all your faith and trust in what the Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross to pay for your sin and you tell God that. You ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and save you. How?

Romans 10:9-10 KJV  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Psalm 95:6-11 KJV  “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
[7] For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
[8] Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
[9] When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
[10] Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
[11] Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”

Friend, one day your organs in your body will quit. Your earthly body will die. And where your soul and spirit go after the death of your body, you have to determine before that time. My prayer is you will choose heaven.

Until next time.

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