This is a response to Betty Eadie’s best-selling book Embraced by the Light, a supposed near death experience that has generated new interest in such things. Groothuis says, ‘‘Not all spiritual experiences are safe or dependable. Spiritual deception is far from rare. If we do not discern and reject deceptive claims to the truth, we will become ensnared in error and mistake darkness for light. It is only by knowing and adhering to the truth of God’s Word that we, like Jesus, can discern when the demonic is inducing or influencing spiritual experiences.’’ In discerning why people long for such experiences Groothuis concludes, ‘‘My burden in writing this study of near death experiences has been to caution fellow mortals about their prospects for immortality. We are all exiled from Eden and yearning for heaven. But yearning for heaven is not the same as possessing it, wishing does not make it so. Some people may have been deceived by the light.’’ The author takes pains to investigate near death experiences and evaluate them according to scripture. Alternative suggestions are given as to why people think they have left their body when they may not have at all.
The Real Hate CrimeOctober 3, 2017
Our world is full of contradictions. We all see them and do them to some degree. What was once called free love was no more than unrestrained lust. What is called pro-choice is really a horrid restriction on another person’s chance to live. What one person insists is his right to marry the same sex […]
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Yoga: Forming a Right ResponseMay 1, 2016
In 1857 The Atlantic Monthly published “Brahma” by Ralph Waldo Emerson which included, “The strong gods pine for my abode, And pine in vain the sacred Seven; But thou, meek lover of the good! Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.”1 In 1893, at the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda […]