In "Why so many people–including scientists–suddenly believe in an afterlife" Brian Bethune reports that thousands of cases of "near death experiences" have produced a pack of witnesses who claim to have actually entered into the afterlife before coming back again to write mega-selling accounts of what they saw and felt there:
"Afterlife speculation has become a vibrant part of the zeitgeist, the result of trends that include developments in neuroscience that have inspired new ideas about human consciousness, the ongoing evolution of theology, both popular and expert, and the hopes and fears of an aging population. Heaven is hot again. And hell is colder than ever." (Bethune, Macleans.ca, May 7, 2013)
While eighty-one per cent of Americans still believe in heaven, or some version of it, only seventy-one percent believe in hell, finding annihilation and similar concepts more to their liking.
Elsewhere in the Western world,
"... the gap between heaven and hell believers is more of a gulf—a 2010 Canadian poll found more than half of us think there is a heaven, while fewer than a third acknowledge hell. What’s more, monotheism’s two destinations are no longer all that are on offer. In December a survey of the 1970 British Cohort group—9,000 people, currently 42 years old—found half believed in an afterlife, while only 31 per cent believed in God." (ibid)
Of course hard-core materialists refuse to believe in an afterlife despite that they are unable to account either for life or their own cognition. Predictably, they foolishly scoff at NDEs, attributing them to,
"...too much carbon dioxide in the blood perhaps or, as a recent study from the University of Kentucky posits, NDEs are really an instance of a sleep disorder, rapid eye movement (REM) intrusion." (ibid)
Trans-humanists and other seculars however, are very open to some sort of nonreligious afterlife, described by one academic as the natural continuation of human consciousness after physical death.
For millions of post-Christian Westerners---including increasing numbers of Christians--- reincarnation, ghost stories, psychic-powers, out of body experiences, contact with highly evolved deep space beings commonly described as Nordics, greys and reptilians, sightings of shadow people, moth man, werewolves and other terrifying creatures; obsession with the paranormal, vampires, personal spirit guides, dreams, visions, science fiction and evolutionary thinking in conjunction with a whole host of fallacies has become a fascinating, even obsessive, substitute religion.
If there is anything new about any of this it is that these experiences have been updated for our age. Such experiences have occurred from antiquity right down to the present century and are mainly attributable to demonic activity. UFO encounters for example, are but waking experiences of demons as they are in themselves, but only after one's spiritual eyes have been opened to see these beings who are normally invisible to human eyes.
Bill Wiese’s "23 Minutes in Hell" (2006) for example, recounts his horrifying experiences after being translated into hell at 3 a.m. on the night of Nov. 22, 1998. A California realtor, Wiese was sleeping peacefully when suddenly he found himself in a five-by-three-meter cell occupied by two gigantic, evil, reptilians who proceeded to smash him against the walls before shredding his flesh. Wiese continued in seemingly endless pain, tormented as well by “the terrible, foul stench.” At precisely 3:23 a.m., Jesus Christ rescued Wiese and returned him to his home.
The silver-lining of Wiese's horrifying experience is that it prompted him to warn people that hell really does exist:
"I am in the flames---pull me out!" "Oh save me! They drag me down!" "I am going to hell!" "The devil is coming to drag my soul down to hell!" ('Voices from the Edge of Eternity,' John Myers, 1973, pp. 71, 109, 167, 196)
"Voices from Eternity'" is a collection of death bed visions from more than two hundred individuals dating as far back as the first century AD and including eighty-five famous people such as Charles Darwin.
For some, death was accompanied by the vision of a being of light welcoming them into a beautiful place. For others, there was agony and terror as demons pulled their souls down into hell. In "Dialogues," early Church Father Gregory the Great explains this phenomenon:
"It frequently happens that a soul on the point of death recognizes those with whom it is to share the same eternal dwelling for equal blame or reward." (Dialogues, IV, 36)
From the same Dialogues, St. Gregory said with regard to the righteous that on the point of death they are comforted by the vision of the heavenly company,
"...without experiencing any fear or agony." (Dialogues, IV, 12)
Upon death, the spirits of the righteous are conveyed by ministering angels to heaven. Luke 16:22
Wiese's reptilians however, are not of the heavenly company, not God's ministering angels but the devil's legion and bear an uncanny resemblance to the Overlords, the 'aliens' in Arthur C. Clarke's book, "Childhood's End." After the long anticipated public emergence of the Overlords the world entered a golden age of peace, security, and plenty in fulfillment of the dream of countless socialist utopians.
Before a vast crowd, Karellen, the chief of the Overlords came forth into the sunlight:
"There was no mistake. The leathery wings, the little horns, the barbed tail---all were there. The most terrible of all legends had come to life, out of the unknown past. Yet now it stood smiling, in ebon majesty, with the sunlight still gleaming upon its tremendous body, and with a human child resting trustfully on either arm." (Clarke, p. 61)
In turn, Clarke's Overlords are very similar to the "extraterrestrial" reptilians encountered by UFO abductees.
Prompted by these encounters, some secular evolutionists now claim that a powerful mechanism is presently available to man from Nordics, greys, and reptilians---the 'extraterrestrials' who will solve mankind's problems and conduct man to a new "cosmic" age. All three alien-types are busily transforming the consciousness of abductees and other Westerners and through them teaching evolution, naturalism and occult New Age philosophy as well as warning of a coming planetary apocalypse, denying the living God, the supernatural dimension and hell.
All of this has led French physicist and UFO researcher Dr. Jacques Vallee to conclude that something is happening to human consciousness that is causing a major shift in man's belief systems and his relationship to the concept of the invisible. Vallee believes that the same "powerful force' that influenced the human race in the past is influencing it again:
".....human belief...is being controlled and conditioned, man's concepts are being rearranged, and we may be headed toward a massive change of human attitudes toward paranormal abilities and extraterrestrial life." (Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 109)
In other words, "aliens" are deliberately effecting a spiritual transformation of their human subjects as well as causing them to be receptive toward "extraterrestrials," spirit-powers, signs, wonders and manifestations. UFO entities are perpetrating a massive deception on an apostate West and America.
The striking similarity between modern "alien" abductions and ancient accounts of demons was not lost on UFO researcher John Keel. Keel wrote:
"Demonology...is the ancient and scholarly study of the monsters and demons who have seemingly coexisted with man throughout history. Thousands of books have been written on the subject, many of them authored by clergymen, scientists, and scholars, and uncounted numbers of well-documented demonic events are readily available to every researcher. The manifestations and occurences described in this imposing literature are similar, if not entirely identical, to the UFO phenomenon itself. Victims of demonomania (possession) suffer the very same...symptoms as the UFO contactees...The devil and his demons can, according to the literature, manifest themselves in almost any form and can physically imitate anything from angels to horrifying monsters with glowing eyes. Strange objects and entities materialize and dematerialize...just as the UFOs and their...occupants appear and disappear, walk through walls, and perform other supernatural feats." (Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Gary Bates, p. 260)
Dr. Kurt Koch (1913-1987) is considered by many researchers as one of the foremost experts on occult spirituality and spirit contact. Koch described UFO "aliens" as the devil's elite troops, the heralds of the coming Antichrist:
"They often step out of their invisibility by means of materializations to create the greatest possible confusion (and) they turn up in ever greater concentrations as we approach the time of the return of Jesus." (Occult ABCs, p. 342)
From civilizations to men---everything finally dies. From the moment of birth we are headed toward death. Jesus Christ, fully God fully man, appeared to put away sin, the sting of death, by the sacrifice of himself:
"And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin to salvation."
There will be no repeat offering of Christ for the lot of men. Heaven and hell really do exist and once men die judgment follows. Either eternity in paradise or for the unrepentant, at the point of death the devil stands ready to fall upon them and seize them as his own said Jonathan Edwards (1739) in his powerful sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God:
"They belong to him; he has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion. The Scripture represents them as his "goods" (Luke 11:21). The devils watch them; they are ever by them, at their right hand; they stand waiting for them, like greedy hungry lions that see their prey, and expect to have it, but are for the present kept back; if God should withdraw his hand, by which they are restrained, they would in one moment fly upon their poor souls."