Because, we're told, in the bible, what's expected of us. We know what will allow us, or deny us, access into the coming kingdom.Unless "Gary" had died and gone to heaven, and witnessed such an event, how could he possibly know what "God" does or doesn't do.
Perhaps, you should study more. The easiest way to determine what's the "word of 'God'" and what's not is by measuring it against the Torah and the Tanakh. If anything contradicts, then it's not the "word of 'God'." I, too, have read and studied the books that weren't considered "canonical." I'm well aware of what's canonical and what's not. As a matter of fact, I especially enjoy the books of the Apocrypha and the book called "Enoch". But, in all these cases, I've learned to eat the meat and discard of the bones."Gary" - if he responds, should be responding in this manner.
If he chooses to respond in any other way, then he is blatantly lying and trying to mislead others into his world of religion - which has already been shown that he only believes in a portion of what Jesus taught.
Because, it coincides with the discussion we're having.So why even ask him.
Actually, I neither, believe in so-called "near-death," nor "life-after-death" experiences. It's been proven that such "experiences" are based on life-long conditioning. And that's why a Buddhist sees what's expected based on what they've been taught, a Muslim sees what's expected based on what they've been taught, and "Christians" see what's expected based on what they've been taught.Why are you not researching "Life after death" for those answers.
Don't you believe an individual can have a Near Death Experience and witness something extraordinary when they have been "clinically dead", but come back to tell their tale?
Paul never claimed to have either, almost died, or died, when he received his vision. And Paul didn't receive a vision.You'll believe "Paul" and his visions, but not visions of modern men?
You'll love the books "Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue," by Neale Donald Walsch.Dr. Richard Moody, in 1975, had published a landmark book that posed these questions - "Life After Life", and in it he describes similar tales that were told to him by various "everyday, regular Joes". In one account of many, he states that the individual who had "died", came upon a being, whom stated "What have you done with your life?" As you can see, this is no judgment, but a question to the deceased to answer for WHAT THEY HAD ACHIEVED, and NOT anything to do with what "God" wanted for them.
This tells me alot of information.
Perhaps, you should study more about the differences between Christianity and the apostasy. Have you noticed that every time I mention the terms "Christian" and "Christianity," I always put the term in quotes? There's a reason for that.It does purpose that Christianity is a false doctrine and the men who created it, didn't know what they were talking about, and only wanted others to believe like them - the wrong way.
Says you. I've spent the last 30-years doing nothing but studying and researching religions and philosophies.You are like them, because of a lack of research on your part
For you to ask me such a question proves you're not paying any attention to anything I've shared with you already. That's frustrating.- Self.
Jesus promoted it, why do you reject it?