God is Love, God is Life, God is Everything
The desire for spiritual growth arises from a desire to be close to God. (Nora Spurgin - Near Death Experience)
We can not dwell in the higher spiritual realms until we have perfectly qualified for it by a change of heart and mind, a significant amount of preparation, and by completing our mission. (Dr. Craig Lundahl - Near Death Experience)
God has a job for us. We don't have to know what it is. We just have to trust and follow our heart. That's because our heart knows more than our head does. (Dr. PMH Atwater - Near Death Experience)
All souls come to Earth to test their spiritual ideals to see if they are real. Only by becoming subject to the physical influences of the flesh and the laws of the Earth realm can a soul know for certain if they really possess that spiritual ideal. Through this process, the soul is tested and the result is self-realization. This is the purpose of the Earth realm. (Edgar Cayce - Near Death Experience)
In order for us to appreciate, benefit, and learn all we can from life, we must re-discover what we knew before we were born - now in physical ways. (David Goines - Near Death Experience)
In order to become one with God, work must be done to remember and find the truth. The truth is this: our true self is a spirit and our spirit is one with God. (Sandra Rogers - Near Death Experience)
God is everything. (Dr. George Rodonaia - Near Death Experience)
God is everywhere because nothing exists that is not a part of God. God is neither a man nor a woman nor a thing. Life itself is God. (Dr. PMH Atwater - Near Death Experience)
Apostle Paul - The Hope of Heaven: Heaven According to Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 4:11-5:10, 12:1-10)The Apostle Paul, who started as one of Christianity's most zealous enemies, was hand-picked by Jesus Christ to become the gospel's most ardent messenger. Paul traveled tirelessly through the ancient world, taking the message of salvation to the Gentiles. Paul towers as one of the all-time giants of Christianity.
Apostle Paul's teaching on heaven, and his experiences with heaven. Paul was saved as a result of a heavenly vision of the Lord Jesus.2 He then had a brush with death at Lystra as in Acts 14. It would appear that Apostle Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 refer to his experiences as a result of that "near death" stoning at Lystra. But as much as Paul had experienced of heaven, he is remarkably tight-lipped on the subject in his epistles. Only 2 Corinthians refers to this incident, and then only in sketchy terms.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Paul's Encounter with Heaven
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
1 It is necessary to boast; nothing is to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3 And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— 4 was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5 On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6 But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations.8 I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong
Stoned at Lystra
8 In Lystra sat a man who could not use his feet, lame from birth, who had never walked. 9 This man was listening to Paul as he was speaking. When Paul stared intently at him and saw he had faith to be healed, 10 he said with a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet." And the man leaped up and began walking. 11 So when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!" 12 They began to call Barnabas Zeus and Paul Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 The priest of the temple of Zeus, located just outside the city, brought bulls and garlands to the city gates; he and the crowds wanted to offer sacrifices to them. 14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard about it, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting, 15 "Men, why are you doing these things? We too are men, with human natures just like you! We are proclaiming the good news to you, so that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything that is in them. 16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to go their own ways, 17 yet he did not leave himself without a witness by doing good, by giving you rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying you with food and your hearts with joy." 18 Even by saying these things, they scarcely persuaded the crowds not to offer sacrifice to them. 19 But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and after winning the crowds over, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, presuming him to be dead. 20 But after the disciples had surrounded him, he got up and went back into the city. On the next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.21 After they had proclaimed the good news in that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, to Iconium, and to Antioch. 22 They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, "We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions." 23 When they had appointed elders for them in the various churches, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the protection of the Lord in whom they had believed (Acts 14:8-23)
Amazed at Aposthe Paul's courage. Things had already gotten so bad that John Mark had abandoned them at Perga. When Paul arose as his friends looked on, he was already on the outskirts of Lystra. How easy it would have been to just keep going to Derbe. But instead Paul returned to Lystra, where he had just been stoned, and spent the night. He did leave the next day for Derbe, but we should note that after they had gone on to preach in Derbe, they then retraced their steps as they returned, going back to Lystra once again! 10 As they passed through these cities once again, they encouraged the believers by reminding them that it was "through many tribulations that they must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:21). Paul was living proof of that. How his example of courage must have encouraged these saints.
Apostle Paul QuotesTo everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” ― Saint Paul
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Phil. 4:8” ― Saint Paul
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” ― Saint Paul
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” ― Saint Paul
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ” ― Saint Paul
“In all your dealings with one another, speak the truth in love, that you may grow up.” ― Saint Paul
“Love never ends.” ― Saint Paul
“Where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty.” ― Saint Paul
“For I am already on the paint of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” ― Saint Paul
“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” ― Saint Paul
“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and thine often infirmities.” ― Saint Paul
“For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12” ― Saint Paul, The Epistles of Paul and Acts of the Apostles