Life After Death!

Professor is totally convinced after near-death experience

From “Challenge” newspaper, Melbourne Australia, October 2000

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A university professor of art who openly dismissed the idea that there was life after death, had his life transformed by a near death experience in Paris.

Professor Howard Storm says; “I knew for certain that there was no such thing as life after death. Only simple-minded people believed in that sort of thing. I didn’t believe in God, or Heaven, or Hell or any other fairy tales.”

Dr Storm, professor of art at the Northern Kentucky University, was leading a group on art tour of Europe. While in Paris, he was taken suddenly and violently ill in his hotel room. “I felt as though I’d been shot,” he recalls. He fell to the floor screaming in pain.

He was rushed by ambulance to hospital, where an x-ray showed a large hole in the duodenum (part of the small intestine). But as it was the weekend and most of the doctors had gone home he could not be operated on until the next day.

Ten hours passed and he had still not been operated on and he knew he was dying. He said good bye to his wife and drifted into darkness, believing he was passing into annihilation.

He suddenly found himself out of his body, but it was no dream or hallucination. He was fully aware and felt more alive than ever before. He was drawn into fearsome realms of darkness and death, where he says he glimpsed the terrible consequences of a life of selfishness and materialism.

Surrounded and attacked by evil spirits, he heard a voice saying, “Pray to God.”

“I hadn’t prayed at any time in my entire adult life. I didn’t know how to pray.” But part of Psalm 23 came into his mind and he started to pray. “Yea though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”

To his amazement, the evil spirits backed away screaming obscenities and shouting. “There is no God! Who do you think you’re talking to? Nobody can hear you!”

In the darkness, he realised that all the things he had lived for – family, sculptures, painting, his house and garden, fame, power – didn’t mean a thing. A tune from his childhood started going through his head; Jesus loves me, words he had sung in Sunday School.

Howard says; “A ray of hope began to dawn in me. For the first time in my adult life I wanted it to be true that Jesus loved me. I didn’t know how to express what I wanted and needed, but with every bit of my last ounce of strength, I yelled out into the darkness “Jesus save me!”

He describes being enveloped by a brilliant light which was not a thing, but a person. “He was the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Christ Jesus the Saviour, who loved, Me.”

Howard made a slow recovery. He studied to become a pastor and now leads a church in Ohio. He says, “When you ask God to forgive and you mean it from the heart, He does forgive you.

“I believe God allowed me to come back so that I could tell people about the love of God.”

Hundreds of people from all around the world have experienced what are now called “Near Death Experiences”. Each story is different, but they also share a lot things in common with each other. Nearly all experience feeling wonderful and warm and thinking that they would rather be there than back on earth.

A recent Dutch study, only 18% of those who were clinically dead had an NDE. This mean 82% of those who experienced clinically death, experienced absolutely nothing. It may be that these people DID have an NDE, but don’t remember it, just as many people do not remember their dreams.

Most NDE’s that people remember are beautiful experiences. They remove people’s fear of death, as they finally realise that life on the other side is far more enjoyable than this one. For example, one lady reported after “dying” in hospital quite abruptly:

“I was no longer hovering above the ER. I was somewhere else. I was seated, that much seemed clear, but where? I didn’t see a tunnel or a light or an angel.

But suddenly, I felt something enveloping me, something palpable like a blanket yet suffused with feelings of love and joy. I’m in God’s presence, I said to myself. “This is so wonderful . . . so wonderful, I could stay here forever.”

However, a very few people have reported having negative NDE’s. These should give us reason to lead as good and as loving lives as possible. Here is one such story:

“There is evidence from Dr. Maurice Rawlings’ research that people can have an NDE but have absolutely no memory of it when revived. In his book “Beyond Death’s Door,” Rawlings, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, describes reviving a man from cardiac arrest. Here is what Rawlings experienced in his own words:

“Each time he regained heartbeat and respiration, the patient screamed, “I am in hell!” He was terrified and pleaded with me to help him. I was scared to death…Then I noticed a genuinely alarmed look on his face. He had a terrified look worse than the expression seen in death! This patient had a grotesque grimace expressing sheer horror! His pupils were dilated, and he was perspiring and trembling – he looked as if his hair was “on end.”

Then still another strange thing happened. He said,”Don’t you understand? I am in hell…Don’t let me go back to hell!” … the man was serious, and it finally occurred to me that he was indeed in trouble. He was in a panic like I had never seen before.” (Rawlings, 1979). Rawlings said, no one, who could have heard his screams and saw the look of terror on his face could doubt for a single minute that he was actually in hell!”

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