So now let me tell you what’s making me doubt my doubt.
My neighbor recently told me about the book, Proof of Heaven, about Eben Alexander’s near death experience (NDE). I’ve read books on NDE’s before, and found them inspirational, but not enough to shatter my doubt.
Still, my neighbor was gushing about this book, so I picked it up at the airport while waiting for my flight home from Seattle. I’m glad I did, because it turned my doubt on its head. My 75 percent doubt is down to 25 percent!
I found this book compelling because Alexander, a reputable neurosurgeon, is exceptionally credible. Before his NDE, he had little faith in God and did not believe in the phenomenon of NDE’s. As a scientist, he assumed that there was a good scientific explanation for out-of-body journeys.
After his NDE, however; he considered the scientific theories for his experience and they all fell flat. None of them could explain how he had his out-of-body experience while his neo-cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thoughts and emotions, was inactivated.
Since Alexander appeased my logical brain, I was open to his experience, which was astounding. If his experience was real, then life as we know it is only a fraction of what reality is and of what we are. Alexander is convinced (and did a good job of convincing me) that we’re spiritual beings, that death is only a transition and unconditional love is what God is, what we are and what we have to look forward to.
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