The most rigorous academic examination of the question of the existence of a consciousness more powerful than our own, inter-related with our existence; i.e. god; is turned into a puff of smoke when one experiences an event that comes under the umbrella of mysticism.
I have experienced three of these events. Each left me silent, astoundingly even silent in my own mind…a place where silence is unheard of…just ask my ever sleep-deprived body!
So for example.
Is it possible that Jesus rose from the dead? Ignore for a moment all the dogma we’ve had post Jesus (even Paul) and let’s agree that it is unlikely someone could raise himself from the dead and go around chatting to folks.
But if an experience occurs whereby I learn,
with no doubt whatsoever,
that our ‘self’ exists after the body stops functioning…
then my mind wonders back to all those things I’ve said not bloody likely to.
One of them being Jesus coming back from the dead.
So then…what if he did?
What does that mean?
You see I have to now perceive all reports of after death experiences from Jesus to out-of-body experiences with an awareness that what I once held to be unlikely had now moved to possible.
What does that mean? The study begins again.
The one thing I know for sure after thirty-five years study…who knows what I’ll learn/experience tomorrow!!