A guest post written by Mary Lou MacKenzie
The popularity of the current best seller, Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander, indicates a yearning and interest that most of us have for a deeper understanding of what constitutes eternal LIFE. No matter how full ones life is here and now, most of us wonder at some time or another what eternal life feels like.
Whether or not one accepts what Dr. Alexander experienced as valid, he certainly poses some interesting questions that make us wonder. He relates a journey that he experienced while everyone else around him saw him as in a coma. As he expressed it, he experienced an awareness that life is in our conscience and not in the body. For instance, he states on page 76, “…I understood that I was part of the Divine and that nothing – absolutely nothing – could ever take that away. The (false) suspicion that we can somehow be separated from God is the root of every form of anxiety in the universe…” He also felt an overwhelming sense of unconditional love.
There are certainly many Biblical statements that support Alexander’s experience. In Romans 8:6 Paul writes, “…to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” In Hebrews 11:5, written possibly by a woman authoress, it states, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death;” And the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, has stated in her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Life is real, and death is the illusion.”
Many years ago, I experienced something that made all these quotations ring true. We had a kitty, my son’s favorite kitty, who had not eaten for some time and appeared to be close to passing on. Money at that time was in very short supply so going to a vet did not seem to be an option. I had prayed fervently for this loving kitty, but to no avail. One morning in my attempt to not feel the approaching “pangs of death,” I began to look up citations in the Bible and in Eddy’s works about death. Passages like the ones quoted above began to take on greater significance than ever before, and I became immersed in them. After several hours of study, I heard a meowing at the back door. There was this kitty, well and full of life, not death. This same kitty lived to what many would refer to as a “ripe old age” and brought many years of joy to our family, especially our son.
It does seem that through these experiences, a mortal sense of life becomes less and less real to us and, as Dr. Alexander found, that the spiritual sense of life becomes ever so much more real.