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Near-death Experiences And The Bible (12 Of 26)
Series: Issues of the 90's
Dr. Stan Coffey
Job 14:14 - I Corinthians 15:54-55, 57-58
The Bible says "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." - I Cor. 15:26 The greatest mystery in life is death, and what lies beyond. If nothing lied beyond, then Paul says "we are of all men most miserable" - I Cor. 15:19 Truly, the question of the ages is that expressed by Job in what many Bible scholars believe to be the oldest book in the Bible, "if a man die, shall he live again." - Job 14:14 Man all through the centuries of time has earnestly sought the answer to the question of death and the life beyond.
Modern medical technology has in recent years shown new light on the subject as patients who were clinically dead were resuscitated and have recounted very similar feelings and described similar experiences in their journey to the world beyond death. The amazing thing is that these experiences of people in the 90's seem to be consistent with Biblical teachings regarding life beyond death.
I. THE TEACHING OF THE LIFE BEYOND
A. The Egyptians
1. Advanced embalming techniques centuries ago
2. Great pyramids of Egypt exist-as proof of their beliefs
3. The Egyptian Book of The Dead, dated 2500 BC shows Egyptians considered death an interruption of life, not an end
B. The Babylonians
1. Believe in resurrection, judgment, punishment and reward
2. Buried dead with containers for food and drink
3. Men buried with tools of trade and women with combs and cosmetics
C. The Persians
1. Believed when soul left body it crossed into a realm where for
3 days spirits of good and evil struggled for its possession
2. If good spirits won, man passed into boat of song; if bad spirits won he fell into the abyss of the "house of hell"
D. The Greeks
1. Believed that death was only the mortal end - Soul immortal
2. Plato taught ...
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