Today we had the Gospel reading from John of the raising of Lazarus. Unfortunately, it isn't recorded in the Gospel account if Lazarus had anything to say about his four days of being dead. However, now there is a plethora of near-death literature. I admit to a fascination with it, and I have read quite a few of the books about the subject. My faith isn't dependent on these accounts; the skeptics could be right that they are just the result of the misfiring of oxygen-starved neurons. After all, none of these people have actually stayed "dead", they have all come back to tell the story. There are the earlier works, such as Raymond Moody's Life After Life, and Betty Eadie's Embraced By the Light. There is Don Piper's 90 Minutes in Heaven. And Todd Burpo's Heaven is for Real, about his young son's experience of nearly dying. I read the book, didn't see the movie. My personal favorite is Joyce Brown's Heavenly Answers to Earthly Challenges, perhaps because there is more about making one's life pleasing to God, and finding meaning in hardship. My criticism of some of these books is that they make a book out of something which could be covered in a decent length magazine article. They add a lot of extraneous material and family background, when what I really want to know is, "What happened while you were there?" And of course, the truth is that I'm just going to have to wait, I have to trust in Jesus' words in John 14: 1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
And I Cor. 2:9 : "...eye has not seen, and ear not heard, and which have not come into man's heart, which God has prepared for them that love him."