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God and the Afterlife

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In his bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife, Dr. Jeffrey Long showed us that there is a strong scientific case for life after death. Now, he goes further, revealing evidence that God is real.

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At the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Dr. Long studied the stories of thousands of people who have journeyed to the afterlife. Though there are a wide variety of differences in how people experience NDEs—some see a bright light, others go through a tunnel, still others experience a review of their life—he discovered that many of the accounts shared a remarkably similar description of God; a Supreme Being who radiated love and grace.

Expanding on his analysis begun in Evidence of the Afterlife, God and the Afterlife is the first intensive exploration of the people who have reported going to the frontier of heaven, met God, and have returned to share their journey. Groundbreaking and profound, it provides new insight into the human experience and expands our notions of mortality, offering possibility, hope, and comfort.

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"Is there life after death? According to Jeffrey Long, the scientific evidence says unequivocally yes. Jeffrey Long, M.D. is a Radiation oncologist, a leading near-death experience (NDE) researcher and founder of the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (www.nderf.org). Over 15 years of research went into Dr. Long’s study of over 4000 near-death experiences presented in his current book God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience.

Portions of the www.nderf.org web site have been posted in 30 different languages. This is leading to increasing awareness that worldwide and across cultural boundaries we all share these types of experiences, and they are similar to a degree that is medically inexplicable. The potential to heighten world understanding is obvious, and very important. Over 4000 NDEs are currently posted on www.nderf.org, making it by far the largest number of NDEs ever studied, and by far the largest number of NDEs publicly accessible in the world."     ~New Consciousness Review

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Natalie Sudman was stationed in Iraq and struck by a roadside bomb. Her incredible NDE included this insight about God:

"All That Is can be perceived simultaneously as a force and as a consciousness that exists within each in individual consciousness and yet is separate from each consciousness or being. It might be called God, but the ideas of gods that we have are a pale and incomplete shadow of the All That Is that I perceived. We project an idea of a god or gods upon that infinite creative consciousness, which inevitably limits our understanding of the All That Is in ways that reflect the limited comprehension that we have of ourselves and the physical universe. The word 'God' carries a lot of baggage, and our ideas of 'God' are currently deeply inadequate and inaccurate."

Theologians sometimes talk about the omnibenevolence of God, the idea that God’s grace and charity is unlimited or infinite. For many who talk about encountering God, this term comes closest to the reality they describe. Here is a sampling of what some NDErs had to say about God’s love:

  • “No human can ever love with the love I felt in that light. It is all-consuming, all-forgiving. Nothing matches it. It is like the day you looked into the eyes of your child for the first time magnified a million times. It’s indescribable.” 
  • “I felt the presence of pure love. This is very hard to describe. Everything made sense: God exists, God is love, we are love, and love creates all that is… I was surrounded by pure love. First I was cold and in pain, but then I was warm and comforted.” 
  • “I know that love is all there is and that God loves all of His children deeply and equally. There are no stepchildren in the family of God. We are all divine.” 
  • “God loves us all infinitely.” 
  • “I felt God as an all-encompassing presence — complete, total, and unconditional love in its highest form! I was surrounded by God’s unconditional love, which was so much greater than human love. I was given the knowledge that God is real and loves me unconditionally — He exists and is real, and He is love.” 
  • “I came to realize that God is more loving and caring than I could ever imagine.” 
  • “The entire encounter was about God, the ultimate power of God, and God’s forgiveness. The message was, ‘Love is the greatest power in the universe.’ ”

Love is clearly an important part of near-death experiences. This experience of deep love often carries within it an affirmation of unity or oneness between all people or even all things. In the anecdotal responses they provided, I was struck by the remarkable consistency. This consistency could not be explained merely by the NDErs’ preexisting cultural or religious beliefs, since they represented a wide spectrum of those from various faith traditions or no faith at all. They wrote:

  • “I knew that the being I met was composed of a substance I can only call ‘love,’ and that substance was a force or power, like electricity. Love is the only word I have, but it’s not the right word here.” 
  • “I knew that love was the greatest force around us and that we are all love, and love is the only thing that is real, that hatred and pain and hurt and all the negative things are not really the way it is, that we just create these negative thoughts.” 
  • “Love was everywhere. It permeated the afterlife. It was incredible.” 
  • “I was loved unconditionally despite my faults and fears.” 
  • “This love was unique. I felt completely safe; nothing bad could happen. I was no longer in pain, and all my worries and fears were left behind with my body. Not many can get even the slightest idea of what this love is like.” 
  • “These incredible emotions were centered in the solar plexus — the most incredible mixture of peace, joy, love, acceptance... so strong I still cry thinking about it — that overwhelming melting pot of pure positive emotion: love, joy, acceptance, kindness, gentleness.”

Author Long M.D., Jeffrey
Coauthor Perry, Paul
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 224 pp.
Publisher HarperCollins 2017
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