I really appreciate this web site because it gives all those who come here the opportunity to reflect on a neglected reality. The Spiritual World! Three score years and ten is about the average life span, about 600, 000 hours approximately if my calculations are correct. These hours can slip by very quickly and then towards the end it is salutary to ask oneself, "What have I done in this precious life that I was given, donated on a plate so to speak?" Have I lived mainly thinking about myself? Very probably that would be partly true for the best of us. During this time did I find true happiness? Or more important did I give anyone else true happiness?
Our ultimate spiritual experience! I do not think I have read very much about this subject. It is very unpopular. Everyone seems to want to cover it up. When I talk to people about it it is like a dirty subject to be avoided at all costs. I certainly became more interested as I got older when that inevitable moment is getting closer and closer. Actually it is the most natural happening. We have birth, then parents and home, then school, then college, then marriage then a job, then children of our own and then retirement and then the ultimate trip. It is such a natural phenomena! Ha! So what is all the fuss about? I think it is mainly sad for those left behind. Most people who have had positive after death experiences and then been brought to life here on earth are usually rather disappointed to be back.
It is very fashionable to live in a fools paradise that this earth and the duration of our stay here is endless and please do not ever, ever remind me to the contrary. People spend so much cash on trying to postpone the inevitable moment. I know a dear old lady of 80 something and she is busy spending a small fortune on getting expensive teeth replacements much to the delight of the dentists who are making a packet out of her.
Well the Truth is that as a Christian and a Bible believer we know that we are in a school and every second we are being observed. Even the hairs on our head are numbered. On mine that would not be so difficult as I do not have much hair, Ha! In my last blog called Spiritual blindness I explained that we are all born spiritually blind. We are all born in sin because of the mistakes of our original parents Adam and Eve. However 2000 years ago God sent His Only begotten Son on a rescue mission. He took the penalty for all my sins on the cross of Calvary where He willingly gave His life for me and you too if you accept this historically proven and accurate fact. He then conquered the Horror of Horrors, death, by rising from the dead just three days later completely confounding His enemies and bringing unspeakable Joy and Motivation to His bewildered followers for 40 days appearing all over the place in Israel and Judah.
Yes! It is rather frightening to be on death row and not really knowing when that moment is going to arrive. Just imagine how in the last century so many millions of young men and women lost their lives long before they had even a chance to reproduce or get a job. Cut down in the prime of life. Those of us like myself should be extremely thankful that we have been allowed to last as long as we have. Thankfulness is a really important virtue and instead of worrying we should live every day as a real gift from the Lord. How can I spend this precious day? What does My creator want me to do today to promote His eternal Kingdom? Who needs my special care and attention. That is a very good prayer to begin the day with and to begin every moment when you have to make a decision and or change direction. Just sweetly ask, "Hey Lord, What do you want me to do?" Then just listen to your heart and you will hear his voice in your thoughts giving quiet instructions. If you have time check with someone else who also believes like you do, as "In a multitude of counselors there is safety."
Of course I have experienced near death and seen death many times. I have seen road accidents, been to funerals and my only brother died in a sailing accident when I was 16 and he was 24. I have been in 4 fairly dangerous air incidents. My first one was as a little kid flying from Bombay to Karachi by Tata airways in a twin engined war time Dakota in 1944. One engine stopped and we had to turn back while over the Indian ocean for repairs. Then in quite a serious one doing Air Familiarization in the Royal Navy as a Midshipman aged 18 or 19. The trainer jet belly flopped with the wheels up as the pilot pulled the wrong lever on landing. It was a sheer miracle that the plane did not explode. We both got out in record breaking time and watched the plane being doused with foam by the frantic firemen who had arrived in their fire engines. It was a write-off!
Then the wheels of a large airliner landing at Malta caught fire and most of us had to get off pretty quick in a chute like a giant slide. A slightly more hairy one was when doing air navigation training, our flying classroom with two engines conked out over the Mediterranean 10 miles north of Malta. One engine restarted and then the Pilot had to choose between me and a younger Midshipman as to the one who needed to parachute out to lighten the aircraft. Of course as a an older Sub Lieutenant the lot fell on me so I donned my parachute and had to stand by the open door ready to jump out into the sea about 2000 feet below. Thankfully there was enough height to make it back limping to the airfield and I did not have to make my dangerous exit.
I am sure you too have had plenty of narrow scrapes with death. I am so thankful that I have made it so far. Life is such a miracle but isn't it extraordinary that everyone pretends that life on this earth goes on for ever?
Of course I do not think one should become morbidly interested in death as life has so many challenges but to think about it and write about it is I believe a high priority. To face this challenge is important and will help one to prepare one's life so as not to be scared.
In my blog the Horizontal and the Vertical I wrote about one of many ways to try and understand the Spiritual World.
Recently with the advance in medicine and the Intensive care units many people who have died clinically are brought to life again and some have told of their experiences. Very interesting. I'd like to hear and read more about these after death experiences. Wouldn't you?
As a missionary I talk to many people about these things and so many are just not interested. They block their minds and like the Ostrich they just bury their heads in the sand and do not want to know. No wonder death comes to them as such a horrible shock.
Please remember not to neglect reading the World's longest lasting best seller. The Bible. It is so awesome! Jesus Christ and the Bible writers tell us many factors about this very absorbing subject.
Once again be my guest on this very interesting Web site and I would love to hear from you. So, be my guest and Peace!