Monday, February 12, 2018

Newsweek: "Where Do You Go After You Die?"

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Newsweek published a feature article this weekend in which they ask, "Where do you go after you die?"

A University of Washington scientist says that scientists have observed genes that are active after death, in fact, a New York University scientist says although your body is "dead", your brain cells are not.

The big question they are asking is, "Where do you go after you die?"

The featured Newsweek story this weekend is written from a medical, not spiritual point of view, however, it is impossible to miss or deny the fact that when the heart has stopped beating and a person is declared "dead," there is now scientific evidence that something more is going on---even biologically.

Newsweek says it has been natural to assume, from a scientific perspective, that our consciousness dies at the same time as our bodies. However, they report that scientists now have discovered that "once you die, your brain cells take days, potentially longer to reach the point past which they've degraded too far to ever be viable again"---"this does not mean you aren't dead," they say, "it just means your brain cells are not dead."

Their interest is directed, of course, toward resuscitation efforts---particularly toward those who are on life support and have been declared medically dead, causing the cord to be pulled.

A very important ethical and spiritual issue.

However, the questions these new scientific discoveries have raised within the scientific community go beyond physical life, to spiritual life---to eternity.

Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at New York University, says, "I'm not saying the brain still works...But the cells don't instantly switch from alive to dead."

University of Washington microbiology professor Peter Noble told Newsweek that in studies they published last year in "Open Biology" they found that genes in both animals and humans increase "even 24 hours after [time of death] genes are actually increasing in abundance." He said they are "spiking."

Noble says, "We didn't anticipate that," and he says this "raises the fascinating and slightly disturbing possibility that in the period immediately following death, our bodies start reverting to the cellular conditions that were present when we were embryos"---at the time of conception.

"Canadian Journal of Biological Sciences" doctors have discovered the same thing. They claim they are "at a loss for a physiological explanation."

Parnia's research has shown that "people who survive medical death frequently report experiences that share similar themes; bright lights; benevolent guiding figures; relief from pain and a deeply felt sensation of peace."

Some have simply chalked up these experiences as hallucinations, but Dr. Parnia says, "Where that explanation fails, though, is among the patients who have died on an operating table or car crash and reported watching---from the corner of the room, from above---as doctors tried to save them, accounts subsequently verified by the (very perplexed ) doctors themselves."

He says we just don't know "how long it lingers."

In recent years a number of "near-death experiences" have been popularized in books and even a couple of movies. Were the stories true? I don't know, but there are a very few times where biblical characters had similar experiences. Stephen saw Jesus just before he died in Acts 7. Paul was given a vision of heaven that was probably during his stoning at Lystra in Acts 14. He alludes to this in II Corinthians 12.

This is not uncommon with people who have a personal relationship with the Lord, but it is not the case with all Christians.

And Newsweek asks, "Where do we go when we die?"

One scientist has suggested that "no one can know for sure what happens when we die."

That reveals the limitations of science.

We absolutely can know what happens when we die. The Eternal Creator of all life has told us.

However, in struggling through the evidence, science will likely be "ever learning, but never able to come to the truth," as Paul describes.

But the "Truth" has already been revealed.

Hebrews 9:27 says, "It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this, the judgment."

In regard to so-called "near-death experiences" we need to be scriptually balanced. And discerning.

The bigger question, and central point of Newsweek's feature story---"Where Do You Go After You Die"---is yet to be answered, not by scientists, but by each individual.

By you.

Where you will go after you die will be determined by your decision in this life regarding the person of Jesus Christ.

If you bow your knee and confess that He is indeed Lord--- the Son of God, and ask Him to come into your life and forgive your sins, you will go directly into the presence of God when you die.

If you refuse Him, you will be separated from God for all eternity.

While science tries to sort it all out, you can be absolutely certain of this:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (Psalms 23).

Be Peaceful. Be Joyful. Be Certain. Be Grateful.


  1. When I was a young man I had some serious injury from a motorcycle accident, and was in so much pain, I had trouble breathing, so much so, that one bad night in particular in a hospital room, I left my body. I was outside the third floor (or whatever floor) hospital window, and I didn't have a body. I didn't need one. I was in no pain at the time, and what I saw was the most beautiful clouds and sky at early dawn that I ever recall, and I was thinking I was going there, but I remember looking down, just for a moment, and thinking "I'm not ready yet.", and immediately I was back in my body in the hospital room, and there was an entire medical team all around me, as one was pulling a needle out of my thigh as I took a full breath of air. (morphine or whatever it was they were giving me for pain) Others were packing up their machine, or pulling wires that were stuck onto my chest. I remember hearing one man say, "Got it.", and then as they were all packing up and moving out, one of them said, "You really gave us a scare." I felt fine at the time, like nothing happened. Whatever that pain killer was, it was powerful stuff. I was still hurt of course, and I spent more than the next week there before they let me out, wearing a back brace, and being barely able to get around on my own. I do not believe I "imagined" what happened. I experienced it, and it was real, very real. I had a friend who had died from a heart problem and he talked about how he's not afraid to die, and what a relief it was to be released from his body. I think I know about that too. A few years later I was in a Bible class and at the end of it we were all asked to stand up and say, "I love the Lord Jesus Christ." , and then "Speak in tongues." as the teacher on the cassette tape was ministering the receiving of the Holy Spirit to us, something I had already received, for I had been speaking in tongues for a matter of weeks prior to this, but as we were all standing together, as we were all together, in that room standing and speaking in tongues, I had another very real experience. I was ascending, and ascending, up and up, (even though my feet were still on the floor) falling. If I would have died right then, I would have been ready.

  2. It seems to me that everybody says that it was Paul who had the experience of being caught up into heaven, in II Cor 12, but it looks like to me, that he is talking about some other man, someone he knew, even though he himself would come to visions and revelations in the Lord. What seems to me to be his first intense introduction to him, was by a vision of him, on the road to Damascus. One doesn't need to be near death to have visions, or to be caught up into heaven. In the Spirit, God does things like that, and it is real. No doubt there is so much mystery about these things, but that doesn't mean that we can't understand somewhat, or get something out of such experiences, or testimonies, while we check everything out with what we do already know about God from his Word, checking things with what the Bible teaches. For all I know, Paul may have been in visions and met people who were taken to heaven, while in his visions. Who knows for sure?

  3. Although the jury is still out for me, I am very curious about this phenomenon. I've read several books--also talked to people about the experience. One book told of a man who did not have a pleasant experience--each time his heart stopped beating, he said he was in hell. His body was covered with goose bumps and he kept begging the doctor not to give up on him. He survived, but later did not remember what he had said during resuscitation. I think the experience was so awful his subconscious buried it.

  4. Genes spiking after death - Jewish tradition was to wait for 3 days to be sure death had occurred. That's one reason Jesus waited 3 days to come to Mary Martha Lazarus. I.e. so they would KNOW death was certain. God taught the ancients what "science" is just catching up with? Hmmmmmm....


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