And what happens next?


Before my ‘experience’, everything was so very different!

Written before ‘time’… For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Thankfully I am not the author of my own personal story. Your story isn’t an autobiography either. Your story is a biography of wisdom and grace written by another. Every turn he writes into your story is right. Every twist of the plot is for the best. Every new character or unexpected event is a tool of his grace. Each new chapter advances his purpose. (New Morning Mercies)

By God’s grace, I am learning that in these in-between chapters, character development takes place. He’s teaching me trust, patience, and how to wait on him through the unknown. Just like with fictional characters, unexpected twists and turns and trials come into our lives, many of them being entirely out of our control. But the author always knows how the story is going to end before the characters do.

We are Directed/led; we at times seek to find our own way… Jonah is the central character in the Book of Jonah, in which God commands him to go to the city of Nineveh to prophesy against it “for their great wickedness is come up before me,” but Jonah instead attempts to flee from “the presence of the Lord” by going to Jaffa and sailing to Tarshish.

The Sun has minimal power. It was set to light the ‘solar system’. Our Sun is a bright, hot ball of hydrogen and helium at the center of our solar system. It is 864,000 miles (1,392,000 km) in diameter, which makes it 109 times wider than Earth.

Our Sun is an average sized star: there are smaller stars and larger stars, even up to 100 times larger. Many other solar systems have multiple suns, while ours just has one. Our Sun is 864,000 miles in diameter and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit on the surface.

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-compare/en/#:~:text=Our%20Sun%20is%20a%20bright,109%20times%20wider%20than%20Earth.

I have been mesmerized by actuality. https://images.app.goo.gl/fsP6vCAY2KLoLGU2A

What makes us different? ‘Man’ is Created in The Image of The Creator of ALL things. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him. Male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.

What are we? The Bible presents man in the proper context of the Creator/creature relationship. Man is created and sustained by God. Gen. 1:27, Acts 17:25,28. Man is a person and is therefore capable of making moral choices.

What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Taken from Ecclesiastes 12:13, in the King James Version of the Bible: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

The value of Man. Man is given a special role within creation, and is awarded an elevated position. Man shall rule over the rest of creation, and even more importantly, it is stated that Man is created in God’s image. This clearly means that Man has divine features and that God has human features. Here, I will ask “Is God visible?”

We, being ‘Man’ are keyed into the physical. The does not even draw near to fact! Everything that happens was already determined long ago, and we all know that you cannot argue with someone who is stronger than you. The longer you argue, the more useless it is, and you are no better off. How can anyone know what is best for us in this short, useless life of ours – a life that passes like a shadow? How can we know what will happen in the world after we die?

https://www.biblestudytools.com/gnt/ecclesiastes/passage/?q=ecclesiastes+6:10-12;ecclesiastes+7:1-29;ecclesiastes+8:1-17;ecclesiastes+9:1-18;ecclesiastes+10:1-17;ecclesiastes+11:1-10;ecclesiastes+12:1-14

We live in a time when there is great fascination about life after death. Why this fascination with the world beyond the grave? Is it not because death is so final? Whatever one thinks about the reports of “near-death” visions, death when it finally comes is irreversible. When you finally cross the line, there is no coming back from the other side. Death wins the battle every time. After the doctors have tried the latest wonder drug, after the best minds have pooled their wisdom, after the philosophers have done their best to explain that death is only a natural part of life, we come face to face with the ugly reality that someday we will all die. And that death—whether planned or accidental, whether comfortable or painful—will be the end of life as we have known it.

Are YOU ready? I will venture a ‘silly’ question… are there really people who have physically ‘died’ and returned? Is it just religious nonsense?

Lazarus phenomenon. Lazarus syndrome, (the Lazarus heart) also known as autoresuscitation after failed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is the spontaneous return of a normal cardiac rhythm after failed attempts at resuscitation. Its occurrence has been noted in medical literature at least 38 times since 1982.

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/12/us/shared-death/

Audrey Schoeman’s heart was “dead” for more than six and a half hours. A British woman whose heart stopped beating for six hours has been brought back to life in what doctors have described as an “exceptional case”.

At the moment of death, all of the muscles in the body relax, a state called primary flaccidity. 1 Eyelids lose their tension, the pupils dilate, the jaw might fall open, and the body’s joints and limbs are flexible.

Death just became even more scary: scientists say people are aware they‘re dead because their consciousness continues to work after the body has stopped showing signs of life. That means that, theoretically, someone may even hear their own death being announced by medics.

https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/people-who-died-and-came-back-to-life-describe-what-happened-on-the-other-side.html

More importantly we take account of different belief systems and the occurences of ‘near death’ experiences.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28669110/

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2019/nov/22/whreligiand-near-death-experiences-tell-us-ab/508933/

https://readingreligion.org/books/near-death-experience-indigenous-religions

http://www.horizonresearch.org/near-death/intro-to-the-nde-phenomena/religion-culture-and-near-death-experiences/

https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/near-death-experiences/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://digitalcommons.nl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D1031%26context%3Dfaculty_publications&ved=2ahUKEwjq_a36x-3rAhUlmeAKHe-7CvcQFjAIegQIChAB&usg=AOvVaw0x_JfIKS8zc_YaUPyHc_Wy&cshid=1600255622268

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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