Here a re-gift idea for the next Secret Santa- if you plan not to keep your book - I am interested
To me, NDE's are signs that there MIGHT be, not definite proof that there IS, an afterlife. I have a few friends and acquaintances who have had such an experience, and for some of them, their experience has been life changing enough that I would see them as real religious experiences; but as far as proof of life beyond this, maybe not so much.Oh, and also on the afterlife front, he actually "goes there" and starts in with the NDE arguments, which puts him on the same footing as our friend Mystic. It's simply not a credible argument since the statement that NDEs prove the afterlife is, at this point, a statement of faith. There is simply no rational reason to think they aren't a neurological or other physical phenomenon that will be explained someday. It's "God of the gaps" logic.
To me, NDE's are signs that there MIGHT be, not definite proof that there IS, an afterlife. I have a few friends and acquaintances who have had such an experience, and for some of them, their experience has been life changing enough that I would see them as real religious experiences; but as far as proof of life beyond this, maybe not so much.
On topic with chapter 3, I have to start by saying he disappointed me here. If some of us have to wait for a possibly non-existent afterlife for healing, then we've hit a hard stop for me.
If the premise of the book is God can't - then it seems to be that God can't heal us physically. (From my own experience, that's obvious) But, it's possible that God works through doctors etc - as God "doesn't have a body.")
Maybe because we humans fear death and illness so much - we want God to heal us - but what we want isn't what happens.......
Seems to me the most we can hope for is that God works to heal us spiritually, rather than physically.
I'd like to think that when my time comes I'll be spiritually prepared - that said, God and I still have a way to go.......
One of the biggest demands that will be made of it will be how do we face our own mortality? Do we go raging into that night or are we at peace with our fate? I would like to be spiritually prepared when my time comes -as it surely will - but now in my Autumn/Winter years the spirit still has some way to go.
For those following along, here are chapter 3's questions:
From your experience, what good arguments do the Deniers of healing make?Many people know at least somebody who was praying for healing. They are good honest respectable people; they don't deserve to suffer. They trust God; they have faith. Other people to pray with them. And yet healing doesn't take place. The light doesn't answer their heart-felt prayers.
There are too many cases of people taking advantage of people's hope for healing. I am very suspicious of anyone who claims to have the cure for cancer, or a miracle food or supplement that will take away Parkinson's or arthritis. I am likewise suspicious of people who claim to be channels for God's healing.
What good arguments do the True Believers of healing make?I have trouble with the concept of 'true' believers. Either a person believes or doesn't believe. So I'll just answer for 'believers'.
They may know someone who was healed or they may have been healed themselves, and the credit the healing to God.
Whether it was a misdiagnosis or an unexpected or spontaneous healing they think God for restoring them.
Why might people feel inclined to add “if it’s your will” when praying for healing?The phrase 'if it is your will' might denote a submission to the will of God. It might indicate humility. Or it may be used when the person has some doubt about whether God will answer their prayer in the way they would like.Why might people like or not like the claim God always works alongside creation when healing?]
Why might people like or not like the claim God always works alongside creation when healing?
What’s at stake in believing God cannot heal singlehandedly?
Why is it important to believe God can’t control our cells and other bodily members?
What importance does life after death play to understanding healing?
My guess would be that it upsets their idea from God and creation being separate. To me this seems like dualism – lives and works as a spiritual level, creation and all material things are influenced by the devil.