In fact, this is one of the first books I was led to after my accident. A starting point for what is a testimony.
Property, transport (ways of transportation started with biking (pedaling). It was by The grace of God that I prepared for a fundraiser from New York (Bear Mountain) to Boston; Homes, vehicles, material ‘wealth’…
I AM blessed and did not realize it! I should have known and lived a life that said: To God be ALL the glory, AMEN!!!
Yes, I did when the going got ‘tough’. But, we are to know at EVERY moment; that we live Loved! Each moment is a gift!
Do/have you realized what you have been blessed with?
Let us start from the beginning!
IF you are reading, listening to or even being shared with in general – BOOM! You are blessed!
You have a testimony! You are here! You woke up this morning or at some time! I do not have to think about stating this much! You were asleep/rest at some point!
We can search for records of not sleeping and find that – Randy Gardner (born c. 1948) set the record for the longest a human has gone without sleep. In 1964, Gardner, a high school student in San Diego, California, stayed awake for 264.4 hours (11 days 25 minutes).
We may look at records; Yes, they exist! But, before and after we will need rest!
Since God created everything, He also built into us the need for sleep. The first biblical mention of sleep is found in Genesis 2:21 when God placed Adam into a deep sleep and formed Eve from one of his ribs. God built the concept of rest into His creation (Genesis 2:2). He established the pattern of regular rest when He set aside the Sabbath day for the Jewish people (Exodus 31:16; Leviticus 23:3).
The Bible speaks of sleep both positively and negatively. Sleep is sometimes portrayed as a gift from God in passages such as Proverbs 3:24 and Psalm 4:8. We know that sleeping is part of being a healthy person because Jesus had to sleep just like we do (Luke 8:23; Mark 1:35). Some times, God spoke to people while they slept through dreams and visions (Genesis 20:3; 31:24; 1 Kings 3:5; Daniel 7:1). However, sleep, like all of God’s gifts, can be abused. Verses such as Proverbs 6:9, 19:15, 20:13, and 24:33 symbolize laziness as sleep.
Theories abound, both scientific and fantastical, about why we sleep. Research demonstrates the behavioral changes that occur when we are deprived of sleep, but science cannot answer the question “Why?” One possible explanation for our need for sleep is that sleep reminds us that we are creatures, not the Creator. Our physical bodies must be constantly replenished with food, water, oxygen, and sleep in order to continue functioning.
We can search even further for scientific proof of such which may lead us to question. But, science mingles with the spiritual.
In reading/searching/studying – records may have been set! But, outside? I tried to find a comparable record that was performed braving the elements!
The writings of Scripture, the Church Fathers, and many Christian leaders of today offer several biblical insights into the spiritual need for fasting: It is a way to humble ourselves before God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). It brings revelation of our spiritual condition resulting in brokenness and change. It brings personal revival through the powerful moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It helps us better understand the Bible by making it more vital and practical. It transforms prayer into a richer and more personal experience.
Since Pentecost, the Church has grown from a room full of Jesus’ followers to hundreds of millions of Christians. The discipline of fasting was apparently a common practice in the Early Church (see Acts 13:1-2 and Acts 14:21-23).
eeting these needs takes up much of our time and energy. We need to be continually reminded of our limitations and that we are completely dependent upon God for our very existence. Physical need is such a reminder.
Sleep also allows our minds to rest so that we can focus more clearly during our waking hours. Our minds are similar to computers, with storage capacity, memory, and untapped potential. But they also malfunction if not cared for properly. Just as a computer needs to be rebooted regularly when it becomes overloaded, our brains need to be restarted by a good night’s sleep. Scripture refers often to meeting God in the morning (Isaiah 50:4; Exodus 34:2; Psalm 5:3). God also promises us that His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23), implying that after a good night’s rest we need to call upon Him for strength for that day.
A good night’s sleep is often described as a gift from God (Leviticus 26:6; Psalm 4:8), while tossing on one’s bed is equated with a guilty conscience or fear (Psalm 6:6; 77:4; Proverbs 4:16). Whatever God’s reasons for creating in us the need for sleep, we can thank Him that He supplies every need we have (Philippians 4:19). He created us with needs and limitations so that we are continually reminded of how much we need Him. Those reminders keep us thankful and humble, two qualities that are required before we can live in the presence of God (James 4:6; Psalm 95:2).
We must note that passing away is referred to as sleep. When and where do you awake?
Is it a misunderstood ‘translation’ of
First, Jesus is never said to have fallen asleep. There is no softening of what he experienced at the end of his earthly life. Second, unbelievers are never said to fall asleep. They, too, experience death in a stark and crushing way. Death is no pleasant sleep for them, but a final, unending negation. The difference from Jesus is, of course, that the unbeliever dies for his or her own sins, whereas Jesus died for the sins of others and rose again in triumphant life. Third, believers are said to fall asleep at death ( 1 Corinthians 15:6 1 Corinthians 15:18 1 Corinthians 15:20 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:131 Thessalonians 4:15 ), and in one instance “to fall asleep in Jesus” ( 1 Thess 4:14 ). Although believers are still occasionally said to die, death is described as gain ( Php 1:21); it has lost its sting ( 1 Cor 15:54-57 ). Death comes attended by blessedness and rest ( Rev 14:13 ) and a conscious sense of the presence of Christ ( 2 Cor 5:8 ). Death is, in fact, not death anymore, and those who believe in Jesus will never really die, even though they might still experience what used to be called death ( John 11:25-26 ). So the metaphor of sleep is used to emphasize that we have no more to fear from death than we do from falling asleep. Fourth, believers are never said to have fallen asleep in the death of Jesus; rather, we died with him ( Col 2:20 ; 2 Tim 2:11 ) or were crucified with him ( Gal 2:20 ). It is only because of Jesus’ death, and our death in him, that death no longer holds any terror, becoming instead a peaceful sleep and a blessedness ( Rev 14:13 ). Fifth, even when believers are punished by the Lord with temporal death, it is still no longer death but a falling asleep ( 1 Cor 11:30 ). Finally, not only do believers never experience death (in the old way) anymore, although they must go through what is metaphorically called sleep; there are some who will not even experience that — that single generation of believers, who are alive at the second coming of Christ ( 1 Cor 15:51 ), they will not sleep, but will be transformed instantaneously into their new unending life.
what does occur after life?
However, most of the cardiac arrests took place in areas without the shelves. None of the nine who reported NDEs — and neither of the two who reported out-of-body experiences — reported seeing the hidden images.
Even fleeting bursts of electrical activity deep in the brain’s temporal lobe, even a few seconds worth, can evoke experiences of the paranormal and mystical. Last August, a team from Imperial College London reported that the psychedelic drug DMT mimics near-death experiences in the brain. Thirteen volunteers given intravenous DMT completed the Greyson scale — that standardized questionnaire that tries to quantify near-death experiences. They all scored above the threshold for an NDE. Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, the study’s supervisor, noted when the paper was released: “These findings are important as they remind us that NDEs occur because of significant changes in the way the brain is working, not because of something beyond the brain.”
Parnia allows that it’s entirely possible people who report conscious experiences during cardiac arrest also had higher blood and oxygen flow to their brains. But that doesn’t make the experiences illusory or unreal, he says. Studies have found that NDE memories are richer in detail — they seem more real — than memories of real life events. To Drysdale, of the U of BC, that suggests “that as the brain is shutting down, our consciousness actually increases.”
But when is the brain, really, dead?
“The precise point beyond which the brain is no longer ‘living,’ a threshold which remains unidentified, is perhaps less definite than has been historically assumed,” Laurentian University researchers wrote in PLOS One in 2016. Death is a process, Parnia says, not an absolute, black-and-white moment. “It’s actually only after a person has died that the cells start to undergo their own process of death, and that can take hours.”
Even when the brain flat lines — no sign of brain waves on a standard EEG — brain cells don’t die immediately, Parnia says. It may take hours before they become permanently damaged.
In 2012, researchers at the Pasteur Institute of Paris discovered stem cells could remain alive in human corpses for at least 17 days after death (the cadavers were stored in a mortuary at four degrees Celsius to keep the bodies from decomposing.) A Baltimore team has been able to generate living stem cells from the scalps and brain linings of people who had been dead for up to 21 hours. The Laurentian team was able to elicit living-like, electrophysiological responses in post-mortem human brains when they exposed the dead brain tissue to chemical and electrical probes. “When the brain is dead and the tissue has lost its structural integrity, the individual is assumed to no longer be represented within what remains of the organ,” the researchers wrote in PLoS One. “Together, these results suggest that portions of the post-mortem human brain may retain latent capacities to respond with potential life-like and virtual properties.”
That’s certainly what the people putting up US$10,000 to have their brains cryogenically frozen or “vitrified” are banking on. One Silicon Valley start up claims to be developing technology that can preserve not just the physical brain, but also the memories within it, with the goal to one day upload those frozen memories into a server so people can live a new life as a computer simulation, perhaps a robot.
But absent vitrification, and certainly without any life support, the brain eventually degrades. Death after cardiac arrest is reversible — up to a point. And there’s still no verifiable evidence that anything like consciousness leaves the dying body.
“For materialists, we are each our brain and we die with it,” Gregory M. Nixon wrote in the Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research. Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA said consciousness was an epiphenomenon, a by-product of synaptic activity in the brain. Still, there were Nobel winners in both camps: Sir John Eccles, who won in 1963 for his work on the synapse, dismissed the mind-brain theory, arguing, “The human mystery is incredibly demeaned” by such scientific reductionism. The field remains similarly divided today.
Parnia says he’s keeping an open mind. He cringes at recent headlines claiming, “When you die you actually KNOW you’re dead because your brain still works for a while.” The whole idea is seriously unsettling, and, Parnia noted in a recent interview with Newsweek, the idea “petrifies people.” For some, it also raises a creepy corollary: could we watch our organs being retrieved while floating, disembodied, near the ceiling?
If nothing else, Parnia says that people who come back from clinical death — accepting that they were technically dead —who report having seen brilliant lights or entering a supernatural realm often become wholly transformed by the experience. They become more altruistic, less self-centred, more engaged with helping others. Less afraid of death. “They view the world in a different way,” Parnia says.
Still, near-death experiences aren’t all cosmic light and luminous, loving beings. Some, as Bruce Greyson and Nancy Evans Bush wrote in the journal Psychiatry in 1992, are “frankly hellish.” Some people have described being sucked into voids, or seeing grotesque beings wailing and moaning. “There are people who tried to commit suicide whose experiences have been very, very unpleasant and problematic for them,” Parnia says.
He was young and naïve when he first embarked on the mind-body question 20 years ago. “I thought to myself, we can probably figure this out in, like, a year, year-and-a-half of research,” he says.
“We’re all conscious, thinking beings. Everything we do starts with consciousness. Yet we don’t know fundamentally where it comes from.”
We have a set of dice to roll in The BIGGEST game in your existence! As shared above, this goes beyond life! We shared experience of people who were pronounced and came back; suggesting that there is something after this life. The afterlife! No matter which side of the coin we are, flipping it is what matters. IF, you have guarantees that your ‘faith’ without seeing, feeling, experiencing is tangible. Step out on a leap of faith in and on your alwa ut s!
(In some religions!) ‘existence’ after death.
“most Christians believe in an afterlife”
The later part of a person’s life.
If I was so bold as to state the ‘school of thought’ amongst atheists.
ince many atheists love to put Christians on the defensive, assuming that we can’t answer their questions, I love to ask them thought-provoking and soul-stirring questions. For example, I’ll ask, “Do you really believe death belongs in life?” Most atheists prefer not to discuss death.
What are we here for? Why were we born? We have addressed these issues many times prior.
Die once! So, what is all this hoopla?
Five Facts About Death
In this lesson, we look at a single Bible verse “It is appointed for men once to die, and after this the judgment”(Hebrews 9:27) which tells us five facts about death… Knowing these facts helps us understand and prepare for death. We break this text up into five portions, each of which implies a certain fact about death.
“It is appointed…” —Death is Unavoidable
In the phrase “It is appointed for men once to die…” we find our first fact, that death is unavoidable.
When Hebrews 9:27 says, that death “is appointed”, it might be stating the obvious, yet most people live as if death is unlikely!
We have birth control, but not death control. It is inevitable that “the silver cord is loosed and we fly away” (Ecclesiastes 12:6 Psalms 90:9-10). Such language as that, is usually reserved for funerals, yet it expresses a fact of everyday life: All of us, sooner or later, must keep a personal, unavoidable, appointment with death.
“For men…” —You Are No Exception
In the phrase “It is appointed for for menonce to die…” we find our second fact, that you are no exception.
When Hebrews 9:27 says “it is appointed for men once to die…”, it does so generically, with no sense of gender. In other words “men” here stands for all humankind —man, whethermale or female.
You could replace the word “men” with your own name, because the scripture applies to you individually as well as to mankind in general.
Nevertheless, as we said before, most people live their lives as if they were exceptions to the rule of death!
Unless the second coming of Jesus Christ occurs in your lifetime, you personally cannot be excepted from death. In all of human history, the Bible tells of only two exceptions. One was Enoch (Genesis 5:23-24). The other was Elijah (2Kings 2:1,11). [Compare John 21:17-23]
Anyway, were you to escape death only to face judgment, the stale cliche might find fresh meaning: “out of the fryingpan into the fire”.
“…once to die…” —You Only Die Once.
In the words “it is appointed for men once to die…” we have our third fact, that you only die once.
When Hebrews 9:27 says, “once” it brings home the fact that you don’t get a second chance at life and death. It’s a one-off.
When people say, “You only die once!” they usually mean that you might as well be reckless. But surely, since we live and die but once, we should make of our life what we were meant to make of it. Surely we should not waste our one life, but live it as pilgrims in this world (1Peter 2:11-12,James 4:13-17).
The words “once to die” contradict the theory of re-incarnation (that we live successive earthly lives). The statement, “You must be born again” is no support for re-incarnation. Jesus made it clear that the rebirth of which he spoke was spiritual not physical (John 3:1-21).
“…and after this…” —Death is Not the End
In the words “…and after this comes judgment” we have our fourth fact, that death is not the end.
When Hebrews 9:27 says, “after this” it puts life and death into perspective, and supplies the wonderful hope in what otherwise would be a fatalistic and depressing statement.
An old wireless advertisement used to say, “Death is so permanent!” But in one sense death is not permanent at all. There is something after death. This is why Christians speak of death as a “sleep” because it is a temporary state (John 11:11 1Thessalonians 4:13-18).
For those who seek and follow Jesus, there lies beyond death “an inheritance imperishable… reserved in heaven” (1Peter 1:3-9).
“…the Judgment” —Death is Your Destiny’s Door
In the words “and after this the Judgment“we find our fifth fact, that death is your destiny’s door.
There is no second chance after death.Hebrews 9:27 is telling us precisely what there is after death — “the judgment”. But those “in Christ” need not fear. “There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). How do you get “into Christ”? By faith and by baptism (Galatians 3:26-29).
Those who refuse or neglect that, are counted as ungodly, irreligious, and unprepared. They have everything to fear (John 5:28-29 Matthew 25:31-46).