"Insofar as it removes the question mark from the end of one's life, this book is a great comfort to the aging and those who contemplate death. Yet, it is most important to the young and those who contemplate life."
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A boy's amazing adventure
Here is the remarkable investigation of my ten year old, not only of the God he had been born into, but of all the Gods of the world. What's more, his pastor's definition--the soul is just something we don't understand--was not good enough for this little fellow.
Bear witness to a boy's incredible journey to the heavens and back as he removes the question mark--what happens to us after we are gone--from the end of our lives, once and for all. Times That Try Men's Souls It was Saturday, the one day I could sleep in. It was ten o'clock when I came down into the kitchen to partake of whatever Audrey had whipped up for breakfast. At my place was a folded up newspaper. As I picked it up, she asked, "Did you get a good night's sleep?" "Certainly," I threw her one of those 'slept like a baby' lines. "Good," she shot me a look of concern. "You're going to need it." "What is he up to now?" I asked. "He is searching... He's been up since six o'clock. He's down in the family room with the usual stack of books around him." "He is searching...?" I questioned. "Yes, he is searching for his soul." "For his what?" I exclaimed. "His soul," she repeated. "He's not sure he has one. Are you sure you have one?" "Of course, I have one," quite annoyed she would question my God-given sanctity. Nevertheless, with a cup in hand and an unprecedented air of confidence, I headed down the stairs. To most, this would be an insurmountable challenge. But, to me, it was just another day on the job. There he was, just as she had described him, hunched over with his dark inquisitive eyes perusing an open book. Off to one side, stacked up next to his Bible, was a book on reincarnation, another on existentialism, one on Egyptology, the Jewish Torah, the Muslim Koran, the Vedic Sanskrit and Brahma Sutras texts of the Hindus, the Tripitaka and Mahayana Sutras of Buddha, and a host of others. Most of which I had not even known existed until that morning. I pondered the rules of the library that enabled this little boy of ten to have already taken out more books than an average man reads in ten lifetimes. He motioned I take the other chair as he began, "In order to find the soul we must first define the soul--just what is it we are looking for. Only a fool would settle for the preacher's whim: 'it is just something we do not understand.' "To do this, we must first define faith. Not only the God we have been born into, but we must define the similarities, differences and salvation requirements of all the faiths of the world. That we will do now... cont'dA few weeks later The room was cold. I stoked the fire a bit and took my place opposite him at the table. Closing his Bible, he peered over at me, "Aside from resurrection of his body, which common sense tells him is fantasy; the good Christian is bent on saving his soul, something he does not understand. Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?" He waited. I had to give him the first one, "You are right about the body. It makes no sense there are bathrooms in heaven." But, I had him on the other, "Yet, one still has the soul. You will never be able to prove or disprove the existence of the human soul." He wormed the hook, "Why not?" I took the bait. "For starters, you can't define it. You don't know where it is. In truth, you don't really know what it is." Reaching across the table grasping my arm, he held my eyes. I nearly fell off my chair. "But, I do know what it is. I have found my soul. What's more, I have the proof!" The room fell respectfully silent. I waited anxiously for him to make his astounding revelation. He was not to disappoint me... cont'd
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Conversations and conclusions in 'The Reincarnation of Albino Luciani' are consistent with those Albino Luciani presented in defense of his doctoral thesis 'The Origin of the Human Soul...' at the Gregorian University in Rome, February 27, 1947.
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