originally posted by: whereislogic
And there are the situations that occur or can be exploited as a result of "the belief that misfortunes in the present life are a punishment for
things done in previous lives" for which I gave 2 examples before.
And I noticed 2 more examples in this thread of this pattern of thinking that can be compared to the man in my example regarding the topic of "guilt"
as commented on by VantaBlaxk and DocSalvage, which can lead to depression (DocSalvage) and even suicidal thoughts in the most extreme cases (the man
in my example).
Guard your heart, the darkness disguises itself as light (and spiritual enlightenment). False beliefs can be poison to your mind and negatively affect
your figurative heart in ways you may not expect at first glance (because of the source of these teachings hiding that in the conveniently missing
What, then, of the near-death experiences that people say they have had? These have been interpreted by some as proof that a person has a soul that
lives on after the death of the body. But such experiences are far better explained in several natural ways.
In the March 1991 issue of the French scientific magazine Science & Vie
, the different stages of near-death experiences are called “a
universal prototype of hallucination” that has long been known. Similar experiences have not been restricted to those in near-death situations.
They can also occur in connection with “fatigue, fever, epileptic attacks, drug abuse.”
A neurosurgery pioneer, Wilder Penfield, who operated on epileptics who were under local anesthesia, made an interesting discovery. He found that by
stimulating different parts of the brain with an electrode, he could cause the patient to have the feeling of being outside his own body, traveling
through a tunnel, and meeting dead relatives.
An interesting detail in this respect is that children who have had near-death experiences meet, not their dead relatives, but schoolmates or
teachers—those who are still alive. This indicates that such experiences have a certain cultural connection. What is experienced is connected
with the present life, not with something beyond death.
Dr. Richard Blacher writes in the magazine The Journal of the American Medical Association
: “Dying, or suffering a perilous physical
situation, is a process; death is a state.” As an example, Blacher speaks of a person who for the first time is flying from the United States to
Europe. “The plane flight is not [being in] Europe,” he writes. The tourist who departs for Europe, but whose plane turns around and returns some
minutes after the start, can’t tell people more about Europe than anyone returning from a coma can tell anyone about death.
Those who have been near death have, in other words, never actually been dead. They experienced something while they were still alive. And a person is
still alive even seconds before his death. They were near death but not yet dead.
Even those whose heart has briefly stopped and who have then been revived cannot really remember anything from those moments of unconsciousness when
they could have been termed “dead.” What they remember, if anything, would be what happened at the time approaching that brief interruption, not
The published near-death experiences are almost always depicted as being positive, although it is known that negative experiences also occur. The
French psychoanalyst Catherine Lemaire explains it in this way: “Those who haven’t experienced a [near death] fitting the pattern imposed by IANDS
[International Association for Near-Death Studies] have no interest in telling their story.”
The fact is that we have no experience of life other than that which we now live, neither a former life nor a life beyond death. Hence, we have no
legitimate memories of anything but the life we have actually lived.
Those who believe in reincarnation say that the very meaning of being reborn is to get a new chance to better our situation. If we really had lived
earlier lives, yet had forgotten them, such a loss of memory would constitute a great handicap. It is by remembering our mistakes that we can profit
Also, those who uphold so-called reincarnation therapy feel that you can better cope with present problems if, by means of hypnosis, you can
remember earlier lives. The theory says that we are born again in order to better something, yet we have forgotten what that something is.
A loss of memory in the present life is considered a handicap. It must be the same in this case. Objecting by saying that such forgetfulness does not
matter, since only good people are reborn as humans, is not a sound argument in this day and age when evil dominates the world scene more than ever.
If only good people are reborn as humans, where did all the evil people come from? Should not there be fewer and fewer evil people? The truth is:
Nobody, good or evil, is ever reincarnated to begin another life as a human or anything else for that matter.
Even experiences under the influence of hypnosis can be explained without having to resort to the theory of reincarnation. Our subconscious mind
constitutes a storehouse of information much more comprehensive than we may imagine. Much of this information is stored away in some hidden corner of
our subconscious mind because we have no direct or immediate use for it. Our subconscious mind is like a library of information that has been put away
but may be recalled later. However, under hypnosis, the subject’s consciousness is changed so that forgotten memories can surface. Some people
interpret these as being of a former life, but they are nothing more than present-life experiences that we had temporarily forgotten.
Watch out for that curveball, cause at first, these type of teachings (1 Timothy
) are always marketed (or sold) as harmless and positive (or good, figurative light, insight and spiritual enlightenment). But there is some
missing fineprint that one can find in the Bible. The main reason why the sellers (teachers, promoters and original source) of these teachings won't
point that out as I just did in these 2 comments and with my earlier referral to 1 Timothy 4:1.
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