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  1. Tell me, do they see pictures of hell and heaven by merit or by some other criteria? Have you ever been confused by the fact that visions do not depend on the level of sinfulness and virtue?

    All people are different, and diseases occur in different ways. And this is very clearly seen in the example of alcohol intoxication – someone is having fun, someone is sad, someone goes to bed. Or maybe one in different cases…

  2. According to Christianity, hell will come at the end of the world after the Last Judgment. Now there is only a paradise where saints go. Their units. A holy person is someone who is already closely connected with God during his earthly life. They sometimes “delight” in paradise during their lifetime, then return.

    And ordinary mortals (those are the absolute majority of people) after bodily death fall into general purgatory. And they stay THERE waiting for the end of the world.

    I will note that the modern paradise is already the Kingdom of God, but so far without matter. After the end of the world, there will be a spirit-material Realm.

    Modern hell is an invention for intimidation. In general, in Orthodoxy, assumptions are made about universal salvation. “Eternal torment” is the torment of finding eternity for a person who has not prepared for it.

    That is, hell is an inner feeling of the person himself. Well, for example, if I am accepted into the football team. And they will be released on the field to run and push. It's going to be hell for me. And for some, getting into the national team is the ultimate dream.

    Imagine: a person finds himself in a DISEMBODIED WORLD. For one, it's hell, for the other, it's heaven.

  3. Instead of answering, I will describe my personal impressions, at least for statistics. It happened to me as a child, when I was seven. I was in the hospital, they injected me with something, I remember walking and suddenly my legs failed, I fell. I remember the moment of the fall clearly, but I don't think I remember death itself. Consciousness returned with a sharp, overwhelming sense of lost happiness, and it was only an echo, a shadow of the bliss experienced there. I didn't want to go back to life, I suddenly saw clearly what was waiting for me. The stone jungle of tall houses (I was living in a village at the time), people swarming in them and, most importantly, tormenting myself in constant, inescapable fear of non-existence. Instead of what? Instead of the radiant calm that I remembered only in the corner of my mind. I woke up on the table, shivering with the hopelessness of the future. I lay there, shivering and crying, and for quite a long time. Not on the operating table, but on a gurney pushed into a corner, people in dressing gowns were walking around, for some reason no one paid much attention to me, did not even come up. It was cold from the oilcloth, and I was lying naked on it. I didn't tell anyone about my experience then, in fact, no one asked. And if you asked, what would I be able to answer, a child. For the record, I am an atheist, a man, a fully accomplished person.

  4. In fact, people in near-death situations have two types of experiences::

    1) General experience (for almost most people) – the feeling of leaving the body, a description of traveling outside the body in the air above the body and even in neighboring rooms, then gradually the appearance of a “tunnel” or “portal”, at the end of which there is a Light that “asks questions” or simply “looks” at a person, and so on. Those who went further-saw images of the dead, some were offered a “choice” – to leave or stay. As a rule, no one has ever seen” paradise ” among them.

    2) A specific experience-heaven or hell, some creatures, scary pictures or vice versa, heaven's gate, etc. This experience is often incoherent, similar to hallucinations and so on, and at the same time the patient or patient sometimes came to, panicked or euphoric, grabbed for doctors and so on.

    From the Orthodox Christian point of view, during the first two days, the human soul either travels to different places or is located next to the body. This partially coincides with visions of the first kind, but does not coincide in any way with visions of the second kind. “Light” is not necessarily God – it can simply be an image of the spiritual world, which the soul has not yet entered, or some spiritual entity, good or evil. Again, we also see images of the dead in our dreams, and it is not necessary to die for this. The natural question is “to die or stay” asked by “someone”. No one violates the soul's freedom for the first two days, and it does not see God directly. On the third day, the soul passes through the temptations and trials of the spirits of darkness, who seek to seduce it with the vices that it indulged in on earth (ordeals). Then she worships God and stays for another 37 days in various spaces of the spiritual (angelic world), including observing the place of torment, paradise peace, and so on. On the 40th day, God determines where the soul will live until the Last Judgment. And here in these visions of the second kind, the soul is once in heaven or once in hell. This is for God there is no time, but in the spiritual world it still exists, angels, as created beings, have, of course, special relations with time and space, but they are not completely outside of time and space, especially souls (which are generally crippled without a body, because people were not created by pure spirits and the existence of the soul to some extent is not particularly normal-until the resurrection of the dead).

    So yes, it is likely that many near-death visions (or even all of them) are caused by natural causes, not supernatural ones. After all, the body after clinical death is not yet completely dead and consciousness is close to the body (and consciousness is able to feel itself outside the body and under extreme overloads, for example, as in astronauts). There's nothing strange about it. It would be strange if all people were given such a simple proof of the afterlife in their hands (as a rule, the spiritual world is hidden from people, and only very tiny children, some animals, the mentally ill, the possessed, or saints can see, say, angels or demons – that is, those whom others will not believe or who will not be able to tell anything).

  5. And what explains the fact that sometimes we have good dreams, and sometimes-nightmares? �Personally, a stuffy nose is enough for me to have nightmares. But near-death visions should be explained to a greater extent by psychological mood, rather than by absolutely physical reasons (the mood largely depends on the hormonal background, physiology – but not one hundred percent).

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