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PREPARE FOR DEATH

DEATH IS INEVITABLE: A BAD DEATH IS NOT!

THE TROUBLE IS THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE TIME!

There comes a time in all our lives when we must prepare for death. When we become old, get seriously ill, or are in great danger, we can’t be preoccupied simply with the question of how to get better unless “getting better” means moving on to a life beyond our death.

In our culture, which in so many ways is death oriented, we find little if any creative support for preparing ourselves for a good death. Most people presume that our only desire is to live longer on this earth.                                                                                                         Henry Nouwen

Still, dying, like giving birth, is a way to new life, and as Ecclesiastes says: “There is a season for everything: … a time for giving birth, a time for dying.”                                                                               Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

We have to prepare ourselves for our death with the same care and attention as our parents prepared themselves for our births.

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In our society we are not used to talk about the ‘D’ word. It seems that everyone is doing everything to avoid this topic. We pretend it will never happen to us, and when we lose someone close to us we find ourselves unable to deal with the loss and get paralyzed with fear. 

Christianity introduced the greatest revolution in human history, because it invites all humans to let go of their fear of death. We can get on with our divine destiny.

We live in an infantile society in which nearly everyone believes they are entitled to free ice-cream forever with absolutely no consequences. As for death, few believe it will really happen to them. Fewer still have the cognitive skills necessary to prepare adequately for a better death.

Comedian Woody Allen concisely summed up most people’s view of death with this quote:  “I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

WHAT CAN YOU SAY?

One of the greatest gifts we can offer our family and friends is helping them to die well. But there is a moment in which we need to give those we love the permission to return to God, from whom they came. We have to sit quietly with them and say: “Do not be afraid … I love you, God loves you … it’s time for you to go in peace. … I won’t cling to you any longer … I set you free to go home … go gently, go with my love.” Saying this from our heart is a true gift. It is the greatest gift love can give.

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When Jesus died he said: “Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit”. Luke 23:46 It is good to repeat these words often with our dying friends. With these words on their lips or in their hearts, they can make the passage as Jesus did.

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?

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AN EXPERIMENT OF GOD’S TOUCH 2

GOD’S TOUCH

Without expecting anything, simply say, “I love you, Jesus” with your whole heart. Something that was a simple thought experiment can turn into something spectacular. A flood of energy can enter.

It is actually more of an intellectual and psychological strain not to believe in God than to believe: it’s about no hopelessness, not shutting out spirituality and coming to grips with the infinite. Logically, there is some sort of organized principal above or something unexplained but at least accessible to you right now!

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What would happen if you let down your guard and stop resisting Christianity for a little experiment? What if you let Jesus in? Without expecting anything, simply say, “I love you, Jesus” with your whole heart. Someone like you tried this. Something that was a simple thought experiment turned into something spectacular. A flood of energy entered into that person.

You may be at the door, but you are afraid to enter.

Alternatively, you may wish to be more truthful about your relationship with Jesus. You need to build up this love relationship. A relationship means that you have to at least know a little about Jesus. It can start by reading a short biography of Jesus in the gospel of Luke. Later you can promote yourself to the gospel about love: the gospel of John. Now try an experiment that has been successful with other unbelievers.

A relationship means communication both ways. You can start by saying something others have said,”Jesus, if you exist, don’t be coy. You could just show yourself to me.”

What happened?

Immediately, I felt His Presence. I cannot adequately describe this: words fail. It was not a light, but a Person, fully, as if walking beside me, yet not of a man walking, but rather a source of pure light, pure heat: an irradiation of perfect Love, more real than the world around me and therefore tending to blot it out. I did not have to ask, “Are you the Christ?” for I knew this already.                                                                David Warren

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You can classify this as a miracle: a  surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine source. Do you believe in miracles? Try reading about or visiting Lourdes or Fatima. You will be convinced that miracles do happen. Continue reading AN EXPERIMENT OF GOD’S TOUCH 2

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DEATHLY SILENCE

Dying people’s wishes are often unknown or ignored. Doctors often neglect palliative care, which involves giving an opioid for pain, treating breathlessness and counseling patients. Most doctors enter medicine to help people delay death, not to talk about its inevitability. But talk they must. A good start would be the wider use of the “Serious Illness Conversation Guide” drawn up by Atul Gawande. It is a short questionnaire designed to find out what terminally ill patients know about their condition and to understand what their goals are as the end nears. Early research suggests it encourages more, earlier conversations and reduces suffering.

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Living wills are rare outside America as illustrated by the following set of questions:

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The huge gap between what people want from end-of-life care and what they are likely to get is visible in the above survey. In all four countries the majority of people said they hoped to die at home. But fewer said they expected to do so—and even fewer said that their deceased loved ones had. Continue reading A BETTER DEATH 2

Ten Regrets in Life 2

REGRETS IN LIFE BY THOSE ABOUT TO DIE

Ten Regrets in Life

  1. “Never pursuing dreams and aspirations”Ten Regrets in Life

  2. “I worked too much and never made time for my family”

Ten Regrets in Life

  1. “I should have made more time for my friends”

  2. “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.

  1. “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.

  1. “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.

  1. “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. 

  1. “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.

  1. “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.

  1. “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.

 

Life after Death

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.

Better Death Christianity

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.”

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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.

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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 HELLBetter Death 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.

THE SOLUTION

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.

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TO OFFER PEOPLE A BETTER LIFE

ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

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. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

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. 

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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. 

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 HEALING?

 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.Chinese Religion God

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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.

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Is the BIBLE true? 2

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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