Why don't churches teach verified out of body experiences as proof of an afterlife?
Since out of body experiences (OOBEs) have been verified by M.D.s why don't churches teach OOBEs as proof of an afterlife?
I touched on all that with my hub about the Silver Cord, The Holy Trinity and the Ghostly somethingor other. It is only mentioned in the bible once and it has something to do with a golden bowl amonsgt other things. I do believe that becasue the clergy do not understand it they don't teach about it. Imagine all the things that they had taught and most of it would be wrong. When Jesus died on that cross and they put him in the tomb, he did come back and talked to them in spirit form...that would be a type of OOBE, but church want to keep everyone in the dark about that and make it some mystery.
Good question. I have heard of people having OOBE, but never in the church---mostly I've heard of Satanists or witches doing it. BTW, when Jesus rose from the dead, he rose in the flesh, and appeared to the disciples in the flesh. That does not count as an OOBE.
Since Constantine the Great, the purpose of the Christian church has been to control the populace, always in conjunction with a ruling elite. The last thing the church wants to do is empower the people with an understanding of spirituality that would give them a greater sense of independence. The teachings of Jesus are quite useful, but the great irony is that the church does not represent Jesus, but in name only. Religion and the church has helped to socially retard mankind, while perpetuating an evil world in the name of righteousness.
So, can't we start our own church based on Jesus and spirituality and proved by OOBEs?
Of course! People have been starting their own churches for centuries. I'll be waiting anxiously to see what you have to offer.
All we have to do is declare it. Also see Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE). They have study groups which study such things.
Most churches don't believe in the supernatural, strange but true. In particular most mainstream, non-charismatic evangelical churches reject the possibility of miracles, demonic possession, speaking in tongues or any phenomenon that could come from a supernatural source. It doesn't surprise me at all that they reject out of body experiences as well.
Technically, an out of body experience can't be verified. All a doctor can do is say that a patient reported it happening to them, they cannot say if it actually happened. And the multitude of people who are brought back from the brink of death, that don't have an oobe, suggest that it's not proof of anything. Which is probably why churches don't use it. Because it's the equivalent of someone saying 'god spoke to me personally'. That story doesn't necessarily match up with the church's mission.
"Verified" means the person received information which was corroborated while the person could not have physically made the observation. See Hub, "Near Death Experiences and What they Mean." See IANDS. Read books by Raymond A. Moody, Jr. M.D.
It's still relying on personal accounts, not something that can be repeated. And the ongoing senses of a freshly deceased, or nearly deceased, human aren't necessarily supernatural.
Many OOBEs have been reported and confirmed. Yes, OOBEs are not controllable, but that does not mean OOBEs do not exist. They are just not controllable. Q: why don't churches study and teach the verified OOBEs as proof of an afterlife?
My point is that the validity of reported OBBEs is about on par with reports of alien abduction or bigfoot sightings. Which is why churches probably don't use them; they're too far off the road from the mainstream.
Yes, the question is whether OOBEs are truly verified. See books by Raymond A. Moody, Jr. M.D. and IANDS website. Decide only after investigation.
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