posted on Dec, 23 2015 @ 11:32 AM
I am working on a project and I wanted to put a feeler out to the ATS community. I love the diversity of beliefs and experiences that I see in the
forum interaction. I wanted to see if anyone had any near death experiences that they would be willing to share. I am not only looking for stories of
those who almost died, I am also interested in stories of those who have had interaction with supernatural beings, particularly if you were “led”
to complete a task or action. Whether you saw your grandma beckoning you to come into the light or darkness, demons and hell fire, I would love to
hear your experience. I am a minister that is putting together some anonymous research for some scholars.
I will give you a little background on myself, here is my story:
I have not always been a Christian. Statistically speaking, it is only by the grace of God that I am not dead or in prison. My perception of life was
dramatically skewed by my dysfunctional home life as a child. Surrounded by alcoholics, drug dealers and prostitutes, the influences in my life had no
guidance to offer. By the time that I was a preteen I was mainlined into the drug underworld, often used to deliver products under the radar of law
enforcement officials. By my early teenage years I was caught in a whirlwind, seeking drugs, money, and power. This search for power led me into a
life of witchcraft. I lived life by the mantra, “if no one will love me, then they will fear me.” Secretly I struggled with the hollow feelings
that come from an unfulfilled life, often turning to binge partying until I blacked out. I did not even know the meaning of hope. Luckily for me,
Jesus had a plan to become the author of his hope, a plan to transform my life.
I had just finished several days of partying and I was experiencing a “sickly” feeling. I decided to make my way home, stumbling into an empty
house. My breathing became erratic and I felt a sharp piercing pain in my heart, causing me to collapse onto the couch. I realized that I was dying,
and I was absolutely terrified. The same Demons that I thought served me were swarming around the room, waiting to drag me to Hell. It was in that
moment that Jesus chose to show mercy to me. As I was on the verge of losing consciousness, I looked up at the Television. There was a Televangelist
on who stopped the entire production, blankly looking at the camera for what seemed like an eternity. The Televangelist said “stop, stop, stop!
There is someone watching right now…” The Televangelist made several statements that let me know that I was, without a shadow of a doubt, the one
that he was speaking to. The Televangelists words thundered with the authority of Christ; “God is going to DELIVER you from your drug addiction and
he is not going to stop there, he will deliver your entire family!” Instantly I was sober, without a pain in my body.
God began a powerful transformation in my life that night and it changed every aspect of my being. I was so thankful and excited that I would share
the testimony of what The Lord did to every friend, family member, or person who tried to buy drugs from me. Everyone thought that I would follow in
the footsteps of my family members, but after my Damascus Road experience I had a passion for reaching out to those who corrupted others, offering the
same redemption that was offered to me.
I attended church with a gentlemen who continually told me that the Holy Spirit wanted to empower me to do his work. I began prayerfully seeking The
Lord for his empowerment and direction. One evening during a church service, I felt The Lord whisper to my soul a specific direction to go to
Denny’s and preach to the people about magic. This was the first time in my life that I had ever ben “led” to do anything of consequence for the
Kingdom of God. I promptly obeyed and went to Denny’s following the service. Within a matter of moments of arriving, a large group of people wearing
pentagrams and upside down crosses entered the restaurant. When I saw them walk in, I realized that this was a mission given by God and I asked The
Lord to use me. I preached to all of Denny’s that evening and over the course of the next few months almost every member of that group had given
their heart to The Lord.
I realize that there are a wide variety of beliefs in the ATS forum. I would be very interested I hearing your story whether you are a Christian,
Muslim, Buddhist, or Atheist. What was your experience?