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Proof of heaven popular, except with the church
They claim that they’ve glimpsed heaven but survivors of near-death experiences face a surprising skeptic: the church.
May 19th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Proof of heaven popular, except with the church

By John Blake, CNN

“God, help me!”

Eben Alexander shouted and flailed as hospital orderlies tried to hold him in place. But no one could stop his violent seizures, and the 54-year-old neurosurgeon went limp as his horrified wife looked on.

That moment could have been the end. But Alexander says it was just the beginning. He found himself soaring toward a brilliant white light tinged with gold into “the strangest, most beautiful world I’d ever seen.”

Alexander calls that world heaven, and he describes his journey in “Proof of Heaven,” which has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 27 weeks. Alexander says he used to be an indifferent churchgoer who ignored stories about the afterlife. But now he knows there’s truth to those stories, and there’s no reason to fear death.

“Not one bit,” he said. “It’s a transition; it’s not the end of anything. We will be with our loved ones again.”

Heaven used to be a mystery, a place glimpsed only by mystics and prophets. But popular culture is filled with firsthand accounts from all sorts of people who claim that they, too, have proofs of heaven after undergoing near-death experiences.

Yet the popularity of these stories raises another question: Why doesn’t the church talk about heaven anymore?

Preachers used to rhapsodize about celestial streets of gold while congregations sang joyful hymns like “I’ll Fly Away” and “When the Roll is Called up Yonder.” But the most passionate accounts of heaven now come from people outside the church or on its margins.

Most seminaries don’t teach courses on heaven; few big-name pastors devote much energy to preaching or writing about the subject; many ordinary pastors avoid the topic altogether out of embarrassment, indifference or fear, scholars and pastors say.

“People say that the only time they hear about heaven is when they go to a funeral,” said Gary Scott Smith, author of “Heaven in the American Imagination” and a history professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Talk of heaven shouldn’t wait, though, because it answers a universal question: what happens when we die, says the Rev. John Price, author of “Revealing Heaven,” which offers a Christian perspective of near-death experiences.

“Ever since people started dying, people have wondered, where did they go? Where are they now? Is this what happens to me?” said Price, a retired pastor and hospital chaplain.

A little girl’s revelation

Price didn’t always think heaven was so important. He scoffed at reports of near-death experiences because he thought they reduced religion to ghost stories. Besides, he was too busy helping grieving families to speculate about the afterlife.

His attitude changed, though, after a young woman visited his Episcopal church one Sunday with her 3-year-old daughter.

Price had last seen the mother three years earlier. She had brought her then-7-week-old daughter to the church for baptism. Price hadn't heard from her since. But when she reappeared, she told Price an amazing story.

She had been feeding her daughter a week after the baptism when milk dribbled out of the infant's mouth and her eyes rolled back into her head. The woman rushed her daughter to the emergency room, where she was resuscitated and treated for a severe upper respiratory infection.

Three years later, the mother was driving past the same hospital with her daughter when the girl said, “Look, Mom, that’s where Jesus brought me back to you.”

“The mother nearly wrecked her car,” Price said. “She never told her baby about God, Jesus, her near-death experience, nothing. All that happened when the girl was 8 weeks old. How could she remember that?”

When Price started hearing similar experiences from other parishioners, he felt like a fraud. He realized that he didn’t believe in heaven, even though it was part of traditional Christian doctrine.

He started sharing near-death stories he heard with grieving families and dejected hospital workers who had lost patients. He told them dying people had glimpsed a wonderful world beyond this life.

The stories helped people, Price said, and those who've had similar experiences of heaven should “shout them from the rooftops.”

“I’ve gone around to many churches to talk about this, and the venue they give me is just stuffed,” he said. “People are really hungry for it.”

Why pastors are afraid of heaven

Many pastors, though, don’t want to touch the subject because it’s too dangerous, says Lisa Miller, author of “Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife.”

Miller cites the experience of Rob Bell, one of the nation’s most popular evangelical pastors.

John Price ignored heaven until he met a woman with an amazing story.

Bell ignited a firestorm two years ago when he challenged the teaching that only Christians go to heaven in “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.”

The book angered many members of Bell’s church as well as many in the evangelical establishment. He subsequently resigned.

“Farewell, Rob Bell,” one prominent evangelical tweeted.

“It’s a tough topic for a pastor,” said Miller, a former religion columnist for the Washington Post. “If you get too literal, you can risk sounding too silly. If you don’t talk about it, you’re evading one of the most important questions about theology and why people come to church.”

If pastors do talk about stories of near-death experiences, they can also be seen as implying that conservative doctrine – only those who confess their faith in Jesus get to heaven, while others suffer eternal damnation – is wrong, scholars and pastors say.

Many of those who share near-death stories aren’t conservative Christians but claim that they, too, have been welcomed by God to heaven.

“Conservative Christians aren’t the only ones going to heaven," said Price, "and that makes them mad."

There was a time, though, when the church talked a lot more about the afterlife.

Puritan pastors in the 17th and 18th centuries often preached about heaven, depicting it as an austere, no fuss-place where people could commune with God.

African-American slaves sang spirituals about heaven like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” They often depicted it as a place of ultimate payback: Slaves would escape their humiliation and, in some cases, rule over their former masters.

America’s fixation with heaven may have peaked around the Civil War. The third most popular book in 18th century America – behind the Bible and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” – was "Gates Ajar," written in the wake of the war, Miller says.

The 1868 novel was “The Da Vinci Code” of its day, Miller says. It revolved around a grieving woman who lost her brother in the Civil War. A sympathetic aunt assures her that her brother is waiting in heaven, a bucolic paradise where people eat sumptuous meals, dogs sun themselves on porches and people laugh with their loved ones.

“This was a vision of heaven that was so appealing to hundreds of thousands of people who had lost people in the Civil War,” Miller said.

Americans needed heaven because life was so hard: People didn’t live long, infant mortality was high, and daily life was filled with hard labor.

“People were having 12 kids, and they would outlive 11 of them,” said Smith, author of "Heaven in the American Imagination." “Death was ever-present.”

The church eventually stopped talking about heaven, though, for a variety of reasons: the rise of science; the emergence of the Social Gospel, a theology that encouraged churches to create heaven on Earth by fighting for social justice; and the growing affluence of Americans. (After all, who needs heaven when you have a flat-screen TV, a smartphone and endless diversions?)

But then a voice outside the church rekindled Americans' interest in the afterlife. A curious 23-year-old medical student would help make heaven cool again.

The father of near-death experiences

Raymond Moody had been interested in the afterlife long before it was fashionable.

He was raised in a small Georgia town during World War II where death always seemed just around the corner. He constantly heard stories about soldiers who never returned from war. His father was a surgeon who told him stories of bringing back patients from the brink of death. In college, he was enthralled when he read one of the oldest accounts of a near-death experience, a soldier’s story told by Socrates in Plato’s “Republic.”

His fascination with the afterlife was sealed one day when he heard a speaker who would change his life.

The speaker was George Ritchie, a psychiatrist. Moody would say later of Ritchie, “He had that look of someone who had just finished a long session of meditation and didn’t have a care in the world.”

Moody sat in the back of a fraternity room as Ritchie told his story.

It was December 1943, and Ritchie was in basic training with the U.S. Army at Camp Barkeley, Texas. He contracted pneumonia and was placed in the hospital infirmary, where his temperature spiked to 107. The medical staff piled blankets on top of Ritchie’s shivering body, but he was eventually pronounced dead.

“I could hear the doctor give the order to prep me for the morgue, which was puzzling, because I had the sensation of still being alive,” Ritchie said.

He even remembers rising from a hospital gurney to talk to the hospital staff. But the doctors and nurses walked right through him when he approached them.

He then saw his lifeless body in a room and began weeping when he realized he was dead. Suddenly, the room brightened “until it seemed as though a million welding torches were going off around me.”

He says he was commanded to stand because he was being ushered into the presence of the Son of God. There, he saw every minute detail of his life flash by, including his C-section birth. He then heard a voice that asked, “What have you done with your life?"

After hearing Ritchie’s story, Moody decided what he was going to do with his life: investigate the afterlife.

Raymond Moody revived interest in heaven by studying near-death experiences.

He started collecting stories of people who had been pronounced clinically dead but were later revived. He noticed that the stories all shared certain details: traveling through a tunnel, greeting family and friends who had died, and meeting a luminous being that gave them a detailed review of their life and asked them whether they had spent their life loving others.

Moody called his stories “near-death experiences,” and in 1977 he published a study of them in a book, “Life after Life.” His book has sold an estimated 13 million copies.

Today, he is a psychiatrist who calls himself “an astronaut of inner space.” He is considered the father of the near-death-experience phenomenon.

He says science, not religion, resurrected the afterlife. Advances in cardiopulmonary resuscitation meant that patients who would have died were revived, and many had stories to share.

“Now that we have these means for snatching people back from the edge, these stories are becoming more amazing,” said Moody, who has written a new book, “Paranormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife.”

“A lot of medical doctors know about this from their patients, but they’re just afraid to talk about it in public.”

Ritchie’s story was told through a Christian perspective. But Moody says stories about heaven transcend religion. He's collected them from Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists.

“A lot of people talk about encountering a being of light,” he said. “Christians call it Christ. Jewish people say it’s an angel. I’ve gone to different continents, and you can hear the same thing in China, India and Japan about meeting a being of complete love and compassion.”

It’s not just what people see in the afterlife that makes these stories so powerful, he says. It’s how they live their lives once they survive a near-death experience.

Many people are never the same, Moody says. They abandon careers that were focused on money or power for more altruistic pursuits.

“Whatever they had been chasing, whether it's power, money or fame, their experience teaches them that what this (life) is all about is teaching us to love,” Moody said.

Under 'the gaze of a God'

Alexander, the author of “Proof of Heaven,” seems to fit Moody's description. He’s a neurosurgeon, but he spends much of time now speaking about his experience instead of practicing medicine.

He'd heard strange stories over the years of revived heart attack patients traveling to wonderful landscapes, talking to dead relatives and even meeting God. But he never believed those stories. He was a man of science, an Episcopalian who attended church only on Easter and Christmas.

That changed one November morning in 2008 when he was awakened in his Lynchburg, Virginia, home by a bolt of pain shooting down his spine. He was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, a disease so rare, he says, it afflicts only one in 10 million adults.

After his violent seizures, he lapsed into a coma — and there was little hope for his survival. But he awakened a week later with restored health and a story to tell.

He says what he experienced was “too beautiful for words.” The heaven he describes is not some disembodied hereafter. It’s a physical place filled with achingly beautiful music, waterfalls, lush fields, laughing children and running dogs.

In his book, he describes encountering a transcendent being he alternately calls “the Creator” or “Om.” He says he never saw the being's face or heard its voice; its thoughts were somehow spoken to him.

“It understood humans, and it possessed the qualities we possess, only in infinitely greater measure. It knew me deeply and overflowed with qualities that all my life I’ve always associated with human beings and human beings alone: warmth, compassion, pathos … even irony and humor.”

Holly Alexander says her husband couldn’t forget the experience.

“He was driven to write 12 hours a day for three years,” she said. “It began as a diary. Then he thought he would write a medical paper; then he realized that medical science could not explain it all.”

“Proof of Heaven” debuted at the top of The New York Times bestseller list and has sold 1.6 million copies, according to its publisher.

Alexander says he didn’t know how to deal with his otherworldly journey at first.

“I was my own worst skeptic,” he said. “I spent an immense amount of time trying to come up with ways my brain might have done this.”

Conventional medical science says consciousness is rooted in the brain, Alexander says. His medical records indicated that his neocortex — the part of the brain that controls thought, emotion and language — had ceased functioning while he was in a coma.

Alexander says his neocortex was “offline” and his brain “wasn’t working at all” during his coma. Yet he says he reasoned, experienced emotions, embarked on a journey — and saw heaven.

“Those implications are tremendous beyond description,” Alexander wrote. “My experience showed me that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness; that human experience continues beyond the grave. More important, it continues under the gaze of a God who loves and cares about each one of us.”

Skeptics say Alexander’s experience can be explained by science, not the supernatural.

They cite experiments where neurologists in Switzerland induced out-of-body experiences in a woman suffering from epilepsy through electrical stimulation of the right side of her brain.

Michael Shermer, founder and publisher of Skeptic magazine, says the U.S. Navy also conducted studies with pilots that reproduced near-death experiences. Pilots would often black out temporarily when their brains were deprived of oxygen during training, he says.

These pilots didn’t go to heaven, but they often reported seeing a bright light at the end of a tunnel, a floating sensation and euphoria when they returned to consciousness, Shermer says.

“Whatever experiences these people have is actually in their brain. It’s not out there in heaven,” Shermer said.

Some people who claim to see heaven after dying didn’t really die, says Shermer, author of “Why People Believe Weird Things.”

“They’re called near-death experiences for a reason: They’re near death but not dead,” Shermer said. “In that fuzzy state, it’s not dissimilar to being asleep and awakened where people have all sorts of transitory experiences that seem very real.”

The boy who saw Jesus

Skeptics may scoff at a story like Alexander’s, but their popularity has made a believer out of another group: the evangelical publishing industry.

While the church may be reluctant to talk about heaven, publishers have become true believers. The sales figures for books on heaven are divine: Don Piper’s “90 Minutes in Heaven” has sold 5 million copies. And “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back” is the latest publishing juggernaut.

Colton Burpo says he saw heaven and describes the color of Jesus' eyes.

“Heaven is for Real” has been on The New York Times bestseller list for 126 consecutive weeks and sold 8 million copies, according to its publisher.

The story is told from the perspective of Colton Burpo, who was just 4 when he slipped into unconsciousness while undergoing emergency surgery for a burst appendix.

Colton says he floated above his body during the operation and soared to heaven, where he met Jesus. Todd Burpo, Colton’s father, says he was skeptical about his son’s story until his son described meeting a great-grandfather and a miscarried baby sister — something no one had ever told him about.

Todd Burpo is a pastor, but he says he avoided preaching about heaven because he didn’t know enough about the subject.

“It’s pretty awkward,” he said. “Here I am the pastor, but I’m not the teacher on the subject. My son is teaching me.”

Colton is now 13 and says he still remembers meeting Jesus in heaven.

“He had brown hair, a brown beard to match and a smile brighter than any smile I’ve ever seen,’’ he said. “His eyes were sea-blue, and they were just, wow.”

Colton says he’s surprised by the success of his book, which has been translated into 35 languages. There’s talk of a movie, too.

“It’s totally a God thing,” he said.

Alexander, author of “Proof of Heaven,” seems to have the same attitude: His new life is a gift. He’s already writing another book on his experience.

“Once I realized what my journey was telling me," he said, "I knew I had to tell the story.”

He now attends church but says his faith is not dogmatic.

“I realized very strongly that God loves all of God’s children,” he said. “Any religion that claims to be the true one and the rest of them are wrong is wrong.”

Central to his story is something he says he heard in heaven.

During his journey, he says he was accompanied by an angelic being who gave him a three-part message to share on his return.

When he heard the message, he says it went through him “like a wind” because he instantly knew it was true.

It’s the message he takes today to those who wonder who, or what, they will encounter after death.

The angel told him:

“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.”

“You have nothing to fear.”

“There is nothing you can do wrong."

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Art • Belief • Bible • Books • Christianity • Culture & Science • Faith • God • Heaven • History

soundoff (4,945 Responses)
  1. FRDMS2THELFT

    Easy enough to speculate on the meaning of hallucinations. don't mean they're true no matter how many wings you paint on that alligator.

    June 27, 2013 at 2:24 am |
  2. Ahria

    What about heaven and then reincarnation? There are people when young who remember prior lives. Daoists believe in reincarnation and Sikhs. It doesn't seem likely that one goround is enough to reach enlightenment – and dying and everyone just seeing it . . . well, why the question about what one did with one's life, then? It may be there is a highest level, but also reincarnation. Was a sage all that enlightened if he didn't have to raise kids alone while being enlightened, had servants or others giving him food, etc? I don't think the tests are fair . . . seems a more reasonable scenario that people come back to learn additional life's lessons re karma and that kind of thing.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  3. GOOD NEWS

    Death is a passway to a parallel Universe.

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    June 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Science

      Good news part of the cult ?

      Or this cult.

      What a joke below !!!

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/22/pope-francis-atheists-can-be-good

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/12/baptist-group-urges-ouster-of-boy-scouts-execs/comment-page-14/#comment-2438636

      June 27, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  4. me

    “There is nothing you can do wrong." How about choosing the devil instead of God. I'm not sure what they boy saw but this line from him does not look like 'a good fruit'.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  5. Reading along

    I don't know what's waiting exactly but I sure hope there are strobe lights and a wind machine like the film Poltergeist.

    June 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  6. Jon

    The existence of heaven, the desire for heaven, the nature of heaven, and the relevance of heaven are all important questions. But there is only one question that's absolutely essential, one question compared with which how we might save the world from a nuclear holocaust is trivial: "What must I do to be saved?" When I'm honest enough to look through the door of death, infinite joy or infinite joylessness loom up as my only two possible destinies. What decides for joy? What is heaven's entrance ticket? What is the Way, the Truth and the Life? P. Kreeft

    June 25, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Jon

      If anyone out there is unsure of the correct answer, then for the love of God get out your Bible and study for your finals! To save you time—since you may die while reaching for your Bible—I will quote God's scandalously simple answer to the most important question in the world, how to get to heaven: "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31).
      P. Kreeft

      June 25, 2013 at 10:18 am |
    • Canista

      Is this the same heaven proposed by the prophet of the only God... Mohammad?

      June 25, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Canista

      If I believe in the so called Lord, which one would it be... Jesus or Mohammad? Doesn't Jesus take instructions from Mohammad?

      June 25, 2013 at 11:42 am |
    • Canista

      I took out my Bible. Isnt it illegal to read it?

      June 25, 2013 at 11:46 am |
  7. sbeth1

    It is neither popular or politically correct to discuss Heaven or Hell.

    June 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • Saraswati

      You might want to try Dirk Quigby's Guide to the Afterlife: All You Need to Know to Choose the Right Heaven Plus a Five-Star Rating System for Music, Food, Drink, and Accommodations

      http://www.amazon.com/Dirk-Quigbys-Guide-Afterlife-Accommodations/dp/1935259083

      June 25, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • Science

      Hey creationists...............the se-x thingy and you know evolution...........wins hands down !

      Two Mutations Triggered an Evolutionary Leap 500 Million Years Ago

      June 24, 2013 — Evolution, it seems, sometimes jumps instead of crawls. A research team led by a University of Chicago scientist has discovered two key mutations that sparked a hormonal revolution 500 million years ago.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130624152617.htm

      Can the pope be good and say............. no fairy in the sky needed ?..............lmfao

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/22/pope-francis-atheists-can-be-good

      A Conversation with Richard Dawkins and John Huddlestun (College of Charleston

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21NoQuKTB8Q&w=640&h=360]

      June 25, 2013 at 11:11 am |
  8. GOOD NEWS

    Parallel Heavens!

    http://www.holy-19-harvest.com
    UNIVERSAL MAGNIFICENT MIRACLES

    June 24, 2013 at 5:39 am |
    • Science

      Hey GOOD NEWS ...............include self too.

      Sounds like chad without the ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ !

      What a joke below !...............that damn matrix .............cod is great.

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/22/pope-francis-atheists-can-be-good

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/22/church-without-god-by-design/comment-page-48/#comment-2432894

      June 24, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  9. bryanpgreen

    Can we legitimetly talk about this? A great resource that was not mentioned was Randy Alcorn's Heaven. He describes, in great detail, heaven and this resource should not be missed. Historically, in Christianity (and Judiasm) never point to heaven as the final resting place. Instead, there will be a renewed creation (new heaven and new earth conjoined. God with man! Man with God!) See Revelation 21 for this. The whole storyline of Scripture points to this astounding reality: we are living in an age where heaven, the place God dwells, and earth are separate, but one day God will once more dwell with people again, like he did in the very beginning of creation in Eden and there will be no more sin, Satan or death!

    June 24, 2013 at 2:59 am |
  10. michael

    By reading some of the commits i is obvious that many of you will have a short life span , i can only hope some day you can enjoy a long and full life with us .
    satin's job is to have you believe that there is no God and no place called heaven , but if you would take the time to read the first book and the first verse of the Holy Bible and no further it will say that In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth–
    and this means that God created earth with the heavens and this was the first day. So you live on earth and i live in heaven the first heaven what a differences between your life view and mine . those dumb christens labor daily to help undo what satin has done with sin that broke the trust between you and god . Hope you find what your looking for and hope your life view will some day improve. God cares we care and i care , the lords Michael.

    June 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • Weaver

      Oh yes, satin is very evil. It is a mix of cotton and silk fibers - a big no, no in your book.

      p.s. The Bible is nothing.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:30 am |
  11. BuleriaChk@aol.com

    Science suggests that after the Big Bang, god smoked a cigarette, rolled over, went to sleep, and hasn't been heard from since.

    However, the Bibble teaches that he woke up, knocked up a poor carpenter’s fiancé, convinced the locals that it was a virgin birth, and then threw his illegitimate son under the bus when he turned out to be a liberal. The locals testified that the son appeared to them after his death, a story that perseveres to this day, often as images on the crusts of toasted cheese sandwiches.

    God has strong Republican CEO core values...

    June 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
  12. BuleriaChk@aol.com

    Because there is no beer and pizza....

    June 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Cielo

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfjZGoXhuzE&w=640&h=360]

    June 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  14. Linda

    Moody says when he "died" he was asked "What did you do with your life?" as though he was being sized up for judgment. My question is this: If God knows whether or not you will live or die, if you are to be "sent back" to earth (physical life), then why would you be asked what you did in life, as though it's time for you judgment? I mean after all, doesn't God know whether or not you will be judged or sent back to physical earth? Something is wrong with this picture. Seriously. I think maybe our experiences after near-death depend on our religious beliefs and emotions, and not on some God who makes mistakes like the one experienced by Moody.

    June 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  15. expreacher

    Serious people may find http://expreacher.com/Heavenly_Dreams.htm though-provoking.
    Also relevant : http://expreacher.com/shame.htm
    On how the idea that Jesus' death was absolutely necessary arose http://expreacher.com/Jesus_died.htm

    June 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things'

    June 22, 2013 at 6:49 am |
    • coldcrankcase

      and religion has done such a fine job of bringing people together in peace and harmony....twit.

      June 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • Science

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things...........no heaven or hell.

      Pray all you want it won't change things.

      1,210,000 resultsAny time

      Including results for chad is all over being with his nasty bible..

      Do you want results only for chad is all over Bing with his nasty bible.?

      Bing

      When Christians become a 'hated minority' – CNN Belief Blog ...

      religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated...

      May 05, 2013 · Public jousts over the Bible's stance on ... not the nasty bible. and Adam and his ... Current search on Bing chadie .....bookmark update chad ...

      My take: A word to Christians – Be nice – CNN Belief Blog ...

      religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/09/my-take-a-word-to-christians-be...

      Feb 09, 2013 · ... are all over it. ... not the nasty bible. and Adam and his bone. ... Current search on Bing chadie .....bookmark update chad ...

      June 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Science

      Hey Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Trolling for the devil aye ?

      Church without God – by design

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/22/church-without-god-by-design/comment-page-33/#comment-2431015

      June 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • FRDMS2THELFT

      seems that your juvinile jingoism hasn't even convinced you.

      June 27, 2013 at 2:26 am |
  17. PRISM 1234

    It is not about the Heaven taht this world needs to hear. Its promise is only for the humble souls who know their need for God, and He gives them hope for their. future.
    HE says: "Eyes have not seen , ears have not heard, neither has enetere into the hearts of man(kind) , the things that God has prepared for those who love Him"...... Notice: FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM

    But it is about HELL that this generation of proud, selfabsorbed, renegade people need to hear.

    Why do people rebel? Because they have no fear of God in their hearts.
    Yet, His Word says: THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM.

    This generation needs warnings, NOT sweet lullabies! Satan has made sure he's humming o them plenty of them....

    June 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
    • Dippy

      But there is no god, Prism. So your argument is moot. Go do something useful.

      June 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      "FOOL has said in his/her heart "there is no God" – God

      June 21, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
    • Damocles

      Hasn't every generation heard warnings and condemnations and braying and shouting and ravings that they are going to some hell if they don't do such and such?

      June 22, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • PRISM 1234

      What is your point?..... Indeed, every generation has heard and needed to hear!
      You make a mockery out of God's warnings, but multi/tude of those who didn't listen, wish they did, while they yet had time...
      You've never heard voices of souls weeping in Hell, but if someone told you about them, adn described what they are alike, you'd belittle their testimony and kick it off as piece of trash.... But how many of those souls would give anything, and trade places even with the lowest beggar on this earth, just to have a chance to recant their mockeries and unbelief?
      I tell you, friend, there is comming a day for every human being alive, they WILL BELIEVE! You can bet your life on it!

      June 23, 2013 at 1:00 am |
    • sam stone

      "FOOL has said in his/her heart "there is no God" – Iron Age sheep molesters.....and prissy

      June 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  18. Secrect - 666

    Old money no in god we trust ?

    Shocking! CNN actually covers Bilderberg conference

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epZs8QV26TY&w=640&h=360]

    http://grailcode.net/

    June 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • Science

      DNA tests reveal Prince William's Indian ancestry

      By Peter Wilkinson, CNN

      updated 12:48 PM EDT, Fri June 14, 2013

      http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/14/world/europe/britain-prince-william-india/?iref=obnetwork

      June 22, 2013 at 6:47 am |
  19. Desciple of Jesus Christ

    1. It's a relationship w/ Jesus, not a religion
    2. No person should ever convince another person of Jesus' existence, he said, "Seek and you shall find.." Jesus is not a man that he would lie. It is is up to you to make a choice; your free will. There is no sense in arguing because if you do not want to seek Jesus, you don't have to and you will never believe. Know that it is partly supernatural, if you draw near to God, he draws near to you. He does not leave you high and dry. He makes his presence known! As a believer I know that he will never forsake me, and it is not always about "feeling" his presence. But, when he makes himself know, you cannot deny his exsistence. I pray that you give him a chance...He is not who you think he is, let him show you....and if you don't want to...don't.

    June 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
  20. Billy

    “The human heart is not shaped like a valentine heart, perfect and regular in contour; it is slightly irregular in shape as if a small piece of it were missing out of its side. That missing part...may very well man that when God created each human heart, he kept a small sample of it in heaven, and sent the rest of it into the world of time where it would each day learn the lesson that it could never be really happy, never be wholly in love, and never be really wholehearted until it went back again to the timeless to recover the sample which God had kept for it for all eternity.” F J Sheen

    June 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
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