Many people have had what are called near death experiences. They found themselves outside of their bodies and saw a bright light to which they were attracted, but before they could reach the light they were back in their bodies.
Opinions differ as to what really happened. Some think this was a real event and they actually left their bodies for a short time. Others think this was a delusion created by their minds. The Bible has many accounts of death but it never describes what goes on in the mind of a person who is dying, so we can’t use it to answer the question.
I have no personal opinion on the subject. Those who believe it is a real experience claim that this proves that life continues after the death of the body. I believe in the continuation of life because the Bible teaches it, so I don’t need any scientific confirmation. After we experience death ourselves we will no doubt learn the truth. Read the rest of this entry
This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Later in the same letter he tells us what some of these light afflictions were. Read the rest of this entry
Peter and the other apostles were imprisoned by order of the high priest and were freed from prison by an angel.
But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach.
Peter was imprisoned again when King Herod began persecuting the church.
About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.