Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13
In his book, “Life After Life‚ Investigations Into ‘Near-Death‚’ Experiences,” Dr. Raymond Moody explains a typical case this way:
A man is dying. As he reaches the point of his greatest physical distress, he hears his doctor pronounce him dead. He’s aware of an uncomfortable noise, a loud ringing or buzzing. He senses himself rushing through a long tunnel. And then, transported outside his body, he views himself from a distance as though he was a spectator. He watches the resuscitation attempts below in a state of emotional upheaval. After a while, he collects himself and becomes more accustomed to his odd condition. Then he notices that he still has a “body.” But one of a very different nature and with very different powers from the physical body he has left behind.
Soon, other things begin to happen. People have come to meet and help him. He glimpses the spirits of relatives and friends who have already died. Then, a loving, warm presence he…