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God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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In the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife, radiation oncologist and near-death experience (NDE) expert Dr. Jeffrey Long gathered findings from the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) that pointed toward a strong scientific case that there is life after death. Dr. Long has continued his groundbreaking research and has collected the largest near-death experience study in history for God and the Afterlife. Once again, the findings overwhelmingly point to the existence of an afterlife, but this time Dr. Long has another startling scientific conclusion: God exists, and there is amazing consistency in the reporting about what God is like.
God and the Afterlife expands upon Dr. Long’s findings about the afterlife and is the first deep scientific exploration of those individuals who claim to have met God or spiritual beings. Dr. Long shares testimonials from near-death experiencers who meet God, venture into heavenly realms, reunite with deceased loved ones, and meet spiritual beings before returning to our world to report their journey. What he discovers is that these testimonials share unique similarities that provide overwhelming evidence that God is real.
About the Author
Jeffrey Long, M.D., is a radiation oncologist in Houma, Louisiana, and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, and The Learning Channel. Long has also served on the board of directors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies and established the nonprofit Near Death Experience Research Foundation and the NDERF website.
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In 1998 Dr. Long founded the Near Death Experiences Research Foundation. It has a website if you search it. With the accessibility of the internet, Dr. Long was able to reach out to many people who had experienced NDE, and has sent out a detailed questionnaire of 100+ questions to over 4000 people in 23 languages who have had NDE experiences. The questionnaire explores their NDE narrative, and changes which happened AFTER their NDE experience.
Some reflections in Dr. Long's database by NDEers: "Leaving my body confirmed to me that we can exist outside of the physical body." "We definitely live on - eternally. There is NO death. Simply a passing or return to home." "I was aware that I was somewhere magnificent and when I was surrounded with people I knew were dead - I was filled with love and felt loved."
What this book contains, says Dr. Long, is the largest scientific study of NDE's. His goal was to have a "scientifically rigorous view of the afterlife". He found the 12 most common elements of NDE's - although there are other common and not so common elements than these 12 - which happen in consistent order based upon surveys he has done:
* out of body experience - 74.9%
* heightened senses - 74.4%
* intense and generally positive emotions - 77.7%
* passing into or through a tunnel - 33.2%
* encountering a mystical or brilliant light - 64.8%
* encountering deceased relatives/friends or mystical beings - 57.8%
* a sense of alteration in time and space - 60.5%
* a life review - 21.8%
* encountering otherworldly (heavenly) realms - 51%
* encountering or learning special knowledge - 57.6%
* encountering a barrier or boundary - 31%
* a voluntary or involuntary return to body - 58.5%
Dr. Long's focus in this book, in particular, is what did the NDE experiences indicate about God and "the remarkable world people discovered on the other side"? Many were were aware of God or a Supreme Being during their experience. Some of what was reported by those who felt they encountered God during their NDE: God is everywhere and a part of everything. There were no limits on the power of God. God is eternal, powerful, creative, immense love. God encompassed me. The only worthwhile things on earth reinforce connection to God. I was made in the image and likeness of God, and He lives in me. God was always with me. We are love - we are part of God. God is a living force - and it is love. Love is the greatest power in the universe. Love and unity at core of life's meaning. Love is the paramount element of reality. Presence of God is real - everything else minor field. God is the light. God is omnipresence, universality, oneness. We have never been apart from God. God is all-seeing and all-knowing.
One chapter I found compelling covers purpose and meaning. Why are we here on earth? What are we supposed to be doing with this experience? Some answers from the NDE's: It's all about learning.- situations are not important. Love is the purpose. Help one another find joy. We are expected to learn. Earth is a school.
Descriptions of God? Light, All, I AM, Presence, Energy, Mind, Order, One, no gender, all that is good. Love. God is real. No judgment.
96.2% said they were sure that experience was definitely real. One conclusion of the author Dr. Long? Life is not random.
This is a fascinating addition to NDE studies. The focus on God and the afterlife is original and enlightening. I was riveted by the information in this book, and its implications for our lives. It's vastly comforting and instructive. I've read the classic LIFE AFTER LIFE by Raymond Moody, Dr. Eben Alexander's book, Mary Neal's book, and others, and found this one added to the narrative with its scholarly research on many NDE experiences. Four people I have known have had these experiences, and described similar elements. One was a co-worker at a tutoring company who was brought back to life after an automobile accident. He said he now has pre-knowledge of events which he didn't have before like when the phone is going to ring. Another was my boss at another company who passed on during child birth and was revived. Another was the mother of two of my students, and another the older mother of a very close friend. None of them offered up these experiences until I'd known them for quite a while. They were from differing faiths and backgrounds. They all said the next experience is wonderful, beautiful and vivid filled with love, and none of them wanted to return to this earthly experience.
If you are interested in the Afterlife, this book provides an abundance of insights and information. Dr. Long says what fascinates him is how consistent the NDE experiences were in their view of God. You can go to his NDERF website and read many of the answers to his questionnaire by individuals describing their experiences. Amazing! You can spend hours there reading the individual accounts. Dr. Long does employ a methodology which screens out accounts which may not be NDE experiences which he describes in this book.
Dr. Long ends this book by writing: "Near-death experiences reveal that death is not an end, but an opening to a wonderful afterlife. I believe this is profoundly good news for all of us."
Dr Long does well to explain how these experiences cannot be explained away as "hallucinations", and doesn't use any specific religous text to compare. Rather, he leaves it up to the reader to come to their own conclusion.
Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or unaffiliated, this book has something for everyone to embrace! I've had a keen interest in this subject for a few years now and this is definitely in one of the top reads for others likewise.
are no conflicts with our belief system. I now feel closer to God and everyone else.