REGRETS IN LIFE BY THOSE ABOUT TO DIE
“Never pursuing dreams and aspirations”
“I worked too much and never made time for my family”
“I should have made more time for my friends”
“I should have said ‘I Love You’ a lot more”
The importance of love becomes more pronounced towards the end of life. It can be hard to tell someone that you love them, especially if you fear rejection. It’s better to make your love known than to spend the rest of your life dwelling on what could have been.
“I should have spoken my mind instead of resenting things”
In truth, suppressing anger breeds bitterness, which leads to various diseases. Harboring bitterness prevents you from fulfilling your true potential.
When you express negative emotions properly, it allows you to let go of the resentment so you don’t have to carry it for the rest of your life.
“I should have been a bigger person & resolved conflicts”
A lot of times, death beds and funerals are more miserable because of broken relationships that were never restored. This may result in a lifetime of hostility. You should never let your anger last for more than a day. Choose to forgive. Right the wrongs that you can, while you can.
“I wish I had children”
As people age, they often feel lonely and long for the company of their sons and daughters. With today’s modern thinking, kids may be viewed as inconveniences. Keep in mind that your children will be the ones to show you love when you are old.
“I should have saved more money for my retirement”
Failing to plan for the retirement years leaves people destitute in their old age. It’s important to make a plan for yourself. Be careful not to spend too much on things you think you need now; think about providing a comfortable life for yourself in the future.
“Not having the courage to live truthfully”
Looking back, people would wonder whether things would have been better if they were truly honest about whom they really are. They pretend to be someone they’re not.
Honesty is generally admired. If you don’t yet have the courage to be truthful to others, you can start being truthful to yourself.
“Happiness is always a choice; I wish I knew that earlier”
People rarely realize that they can choose to be happy. It’s so easy to play the victim of circumstance. You sometimes pretend to be content, yet you’re too afraid to explore.
Make a choice to have a happy life. Be unafraid of change, and don’t worry about what others think of you. Learn to relax and appreciate the good things.
OUR LIFE AFTER DEATH
What happens after death? Is there life after death?
You’ve died! Now what? Is the best yet to come?
The religious have always looked from this life to the next
What they see is truly in the eyes of the beholder. They can’t all be right.
You should be delighted that there is life after death: you will continue to learn and discover how history turns out.
Everything in the universe has a beginning and end.
It is impossible at present to avoid a decrease of our health during aging. it’s a subject that we all have to deal with, sooner or later. Unless you get hit by a bus, YOU WILL GET FRAIL! Aging is the accumulated damage of use.
Boomers will lean towards assisted dying to the extent they do not trust end of life care to be timely, and dignified, according to their wishes for treatment, so as not breaking the bank or squandering the inheritances they want to leave to their kids.
It is refreshing to see that we are starting to have a serious public discourse about this important aspect of life. We need to become educated and proactive when it comes to our own health care decisions.
FEAR OF THE AFTERLIFE
Most people are not concerned with death: it is the dying that is troublesome.
The most common affliction is fear...fear of the afterlife, fearing pain in old age, fearing loss of loved ones, accumulations and our comfort zones etc ,etc. Resuscitation attempts, which in many cases, border on the ridiculous, add to this fear. The fear of death is irrational and robs us of enjoying the present moment. The energy wasted on fear is better spent on doing positive things with your life, spending time with family and friends, building relationships, and having fun, come what may.
In elder years, everything slows, and we (should) have leisure time and grace. It is so, because before we pass on to whatever is next, it is very important that we have time to reflect, digest and understand our life as we lived it and the world as we understand it. We need to be in touch with our Creator and who we are. Then we can go peacefully, even if there is pain.
Dying must be is a very lonely experience. No one can do it for you, no matter how much they love you. For this reason, if the dying person believes in “Something” bigger than him/herself, then indeed, this “Something” will be with the person through that most unique passage. It is a belief in a Being bigger than the self that enables the dying process to be less lonely.
The understanding of creation by the Creator is largely goes unnoticed by the majority of the humanity. Experience has shown that persons adopting a conscious living in accordance with the natural laws are living a healthy life which is relatively free of deadly afflictions.
Have you ever attended a “memorial service” to “celebrate the life” of an unbeliever? It is filled with enforced gaiety (“He made people laugh.”) Most attendees don’t know what to do with themselves — they sit in their folding chairs more or less embarrassed by it all. You might end up watching a slide-show on a large, flat-screen TV — it has all the intimacy of an infomercial for time-sharing in Florida. Then you might find yourself asking, “Is this all there is to life?”
Certain religious practices instill a sense of detachment and introspection and meditation to ease ones journey into the unknown.
Word of God
As the Word of God, the Bible is the revelation of the sovereign God who has reached out to us in Christ and in the Bible. Those of us who believe we are not merely biological beings but also spiritual and answer to a Creator must take into account what Scripture says.
The Word of God assures us that the victory accomplished for us by the Lord Jesus means a glorious, eternal inheritance “an inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, that fadeth not away, which is reserved in heaven for those who are kept by the power of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” I Peter 1:3-5.
As the word of such a God, the Bible alone can give man an adequate understanding, meaning, and hope in the face of the facts and realities of life with its complexities, trials, and losses as with death. “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57. For one day, there will be a reuniting of believing loved ones in heaven, never to be separated again. For Romans 8:1 says “there is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.”
Conversely, one out of four Americans believe in some form of reincarnation that the soul keeps being recycled, either in a better form of life if you’ve been good, or in a worse form as punishment for evil. But, Scripture plainly teaches, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” Hebrews 9:27.
A small percentage believe that at death, we just cease to exist, like animals. Toil for the things of this earth which will perish is in vain, because you won’t take any of it with you. An unbeliever’s life, even the life of a powerful, wealthy unbeliever, is like the wake of an ocean liner–impressive for the moment, but quickly gone. What hopelessness!
We usually think of death as a terrible loss, not a gain. For the Christian, “to die is gain.” Can you say truthfully, “For me, to die is gain”? If not, you may need to go back one step and ask, yourself a few questions.
This quotation really means that a Christian’s death leads to the return on his investment. Death brings you to eternal rewards! A Christian’s death also frees him or her from earthly labors, trials, and temptations. This body holds us prisoner to various temptations and weaknesses, but death sets us free.
The Psalmist in the Bible exclaimed: Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere breadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.
Then in Psalm 90:12, in view of the temporary life, the Psalmist wrote, So teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. That is, that we may redeem the time, that, through the knowledge and application of God’s truth, we may glorify God and live for Him.
In the Catholic Requiem Mass, the deceased is prayed for as a member of a community of faith in which both the living and the dead find who they really are — this community exists beyond time. This earthly life is but part of life and the end of life is the time when it is believed that as one life ends, a spiritual journey which we do not understand commences.
For many centuries, countless millions of us have prayed each day, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us at the hour of our death.” They knew they would be scared. But, what we DO want is that after we are gone there will be a few who pray for the repose of our souls.
RISK OF HELL
Finally there is the possible reality of hell. Remember the bible story of Lazarus and the Rich Man
Jesus presents the following story: “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
“So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
“But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’
“Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’
“And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’
“But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead’ ” Luke 16:19-31.
This is a commentary on the way we respond to the poor and the oppressed. A love of money may serve you well in this life. But in the world to come, you will surely pay. Here is the sad conclusion of Hell: even though the rich man begs for just one drop of water, Abraham sadly shakes his head. No relief is possible!
The alternative is explained by Paul who says that when he departs, he will “be with Christ,” which is “very much better”. In 2 Corinthians 5:8 Paul teaches that to be absent from the body is “to be at home with the Lord.” It’s a going home experience.
A positive and compassionate response to a dying patient’s needs can be found in good palliative care. Palliative care affirms life while recognizing that death is part of living. Palliative care does not seek to lengthen or shorten a patient’s last days but to make them as rewarding and pain free as possible. The emphasis is on comfort rather that cure. The patient has a say in all decisions about treatments and pain can be relieved to allow patients to die with true human dignity.
If there is a”right to die” it surely should be the right to die naturally rather than to be subjected to a lethal injection.
NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES 2
TO OFFER PEOPLE A BETTER LIFE
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
GOD’S HEALING ASSURED 2
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
AN EXPERIMENT OF GOD’S TOUCH 2
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.
PROOF OF HEAVEN 2
Is the BIBLE true? 2
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
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