Heaven is captivating.
More specifically, real-life stories of Heaven are captivating.
Many I know personally have an experience with the afterlife. Although I won’t divulge them for the sake of privacy, here are other stories of encounters with the afterlife:
A heart-wrenching tale of a beautiful young man who lived with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart disease. At age 18, Ben recounted his near-death experiences in a YouTube video log one week prior to his haunting death.
“The first time I cheated death was when I was four. I had a life-threatening seizure. Scary right? My blood sugar dropped to 14. I don’t remember too much from that day.
Except one thing that I will never forget.
I was being wheeled down this hall on a stretcher. The two nurses that were pushing it, and my mom running along side. There was this big bright light above me…I couldn’t make out what it was because it was SO bright.
I told my mom, “Look at the bright light!” And pointed up. She said she didn’t see anything. There were no lights on in this hall. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. And I couldn’t help but smile. I had no worries at all, like nothing else in the world mattered. And kept smiling…I can’t even describe the peace, how peaceful it was.
I will NEVER forget that feeling, or that day.”
Benjamin experienced two additional near-death experiences. The last one occurred in early December, 2011:
“I was at school walking in the hall. I could tell I was going to faint, so I sat on a bench. I passed out. The next thing I know, I woke up with EMS around me. I couldn’t talk or move, I could only watch what they were doing.
They put the shock pads on my chest. I heard one of them say, “they are ready.” And the other guy said, “Go!” I passed out again.
My heart stopped and I wasn’t breathing for 3 minutes. When peoples’ bodies die, the brain still works for a short time.
I heard them say, “He’s not breathing, his heart is stopped, and he has no pulse.”
I really thought to myself, this is it. I’m dying. The next thing that happened, I’m not sure if it was a dream, or vision, but while I was unconscious I was in this white room. No walls, it just went on and on…
There was no sound. But that same peaceful feeling I had when I was 4. I was wearing a really nice suit, and so was my favorite rapper, Kid Cudi. Why he was the only one there with me, I’m still trying to figure out. But I was looking at myself in this mirror that was in front of me. The first thing I thought was, we look good!
I had that same feeling, I couldn’t stop smiling.
I then looked at myself in the mirror. I was proud of myself, of my entire life, everything I have done. It was the best feeling. Kid Cudi brought me to a glass desk and put his hand on my shoulder.
Right then, my favorite song of his came on, Mr. Roger. The part where it said, “When will the fantasy end. When will the Heaven begin.”
And he said, “Go now.”
Right then, I woke up and the EMS were doing CPR. I didn’t want to leave that place. I wish I never woke up.”
The reverberating video ends with Ben displaying a notecard that reads: “Do you believe in angels or God? I do.”
The image lingers and fades. Weeks later, on Christmas night, Ben died.
Regardless of theology, the fact is we’ll all experience the afterlife in one way or another. Our deep human curiosity wants to know what happens once we cross the eternal bridge.
Some have experienced a taste of it – and are telling their stories.
Be sure to join us as we continue recount other stories of the afterlife.
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