• Heaven & Hell Testimonies

Jesus is Lord!

“I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” [Rev. 1:18]

Testimonies about heaven & hell from those who lived to tell:

1. Ian McCormick


Ever wonder what happens to you when you DIE?

Is there a heaven and a hell?

YES, there most certainly IS!

Watch full length Movie:
“A Glimpse of Eternity”
[click here to watch full length, full screen 1-hr MOVIE]

The incredible true story of one man’s encounter with death and the world beyond it.  Stung by five box jellyfish while diving off the coast of Mauritius, Ian later died in hospital for between 15-20 minutes. During this time he experienced hell and heaven and came back to tell the story! Dying was his doorway to true life Burn your own CDand his story is still transforming lives around the world as it touches on some of the deepest questions we all eventually ask.


2. Earthquake Kelley

Bishop Earthquake Kelly, saw HEAVEN, truly amazing testimony



Mystery of


Bishop Earthquake Kelley
Watch this AMAZING 2-part video about what he saw in Heaven and in Hell, Sid Roth Show: Mystery of Paradise 



Bishop Earthquake Kelley, professional boxer and Hollywood pastor shares his amazing story of seeing Heaven and his son after death due to a Brain Aneurysm.  He also saw hell at the age of 15 when he was running the streets and into voodoo.

I know Earthquake Kelley personally and he is a genuine, humble and loving man with a great family.  He is not into money or worldly goods.  He counsels folks without charge.  We have sent him 2 different pastors who lost their own sons to murder by gun shot and needed comfort which his testimony provides, which he did at no charge.  He also has an urgent warning for Christians, churches, and pastors who are playing around with God.  He said most churches are going to hell and the “once saved always saved” is a doctrine of devils.


Earthquake Kelley’s Website:   http://www.earthquakekelleyministries.org/


3. The 7 kids from Columbia

Revelations on Heaven &

Hell, by 7 Columbian Youths

Together as a group, these 7 Columbian youths were taken by Jesus Christ and shown Heaven and Hell.  Hear their account of the Glories of Heaven and misery of Hell.
Their account of hell changed my sister’s life!

(Luke 16:19)

(April 11th 1995)
God gave us a revelation that would change the trajectory of our lives.  We had just begun to know about God and His Word.  We are seven youth to whom God has given the privilege and great responsibility of sharing this revelation with the world.

READ their testimony of OF HELL (pdf): [PDF] Burn your own CD

HEAR their testimony of HELL (audio): [MP3]

READ their testimony of HEAVEN (pdf) [PDF]

HEAR their testimony of HEAVEN (audio) [MP3]


4. Mary K. Baxter

A Divine Revelation of Hell

WARNING:  THE HELL BOOK IS VERY SCARY! – This book changed my life – it illustrates that Jesus meant what He said and said what He meant!

Mary K. Baxter

Mary K. Baxter - Divine Revelation of Hell

Hear or read the eyewitness testimony on the True Existence of Hell.   Mary Katherine Baxter was chosen by God to let the world know of the REALITY of Hell.  Jesus Christ appeared to Mary Baxter on 40 consecutive nights and took Mary on a tour of Hell and Heaven.  She walked, with Jesus, through the horrors of Hell and talked with many people.  Jesus showed her what happens to souls when they die and what happens to the unbelievers and Servants of God who do not obey their calling.

Burn your own CD

CLICK HERE to listen about HELL [MP3 Audio] please download this and share it with all your friends.
CLICK HERE to read the book about HELL
[PDF Format

===  she saw heaven too: ========

A Divine Revelation

of Heaven After thirty nights of experiencing the depths of hell, Mary Baxter was shown the realms of heaven. Included are her descriptions of the order of heaven, what happens to children, and the throne of God. These breathtaking glimpses of heaven will turn your heart toward the beauty and joy that await every believer in Christ.

CLICK HERE to read the book about HEAVEN: [PDF Format]

CLICK HERE TO listen to the audio about HEAVEN [MP3 Audio





5. Tyrone

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6. Bill Wiese


23 Minutes in

Hell – Very Scary!

by Bill Wiese

An incredible Testimony of Bill Wiese and his 23 minute trip to Hell. Bill was placed in Hell, not as a casual observer, but as someone who was not saved. He recounts all the horrid details with such precision that it captivates the listener from start to finish.  If you haven’t heard these testimonies, stop everything and hear them.  They will permanently altered your outlook on life.  My prayer life moved away from “Lord, bless me here and bless me there,”  to  “Souls, Souls, Souls for Jesus”   Jesus came to save us from unspeakable doom, and your love for Him will grow once you hear what He saved us from. Bill’s testimony will wake up the Lukewarm, convict the Backslidden, warn the wicked, motivate the timid to share, & put the fear of God into all that hear.



7. Oden Hetrick

Inside the Gates of Heaven

Hear this 88 year old man’s testimony of heaven:


Oden Hetrick Inside the Holy City
The above audio/video is of an amazing interview with Rev. Oden Hetrick who visited Heaven many times. It unveils amazing details of Heaven: The Holy City, The Tree of Life, The River of Life, Mansions, Chambers, The Throne of God, The Sea of Glass, Companionship & Intimacy and much more…

Watch the Video [click here for full length – watch full screen]

Google Video (English with Finnish Subtitles)
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download audio files


“Inside the Gates of Heaven” is the delightful story of Oden Hetrick’s
many visits to Heaven;  describing details of
its scenes, activities, secrets and appearing.



8. Marietta Davis (1823-1848)

“Scenes Beyond the Grave,”
from notes of Rev. JL Scott, 1859

Nine Days in Heaven: The Vision of Marietta; He is Risen,  a video excerpt by Laras420

“Perhaps the most plausible book I read involved the visions of Marietta Davis who fell into a nine-day trance in the summer of 1848 at her home in Berlin, endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com/category/mariettadavis/

Marietta Davis’ visions were also recorded in a modern book by Dennis & Nolene Prince


READ BOOK ONLINE (FREE) 249 PAGES (click on “one-page veiw” for easier reading)


“SCENES FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE – TRANCE OF MARIETTA DAVIS,” 249 PAGES, PDF VERSION: (takes long time to load, must have fast computer with lots of memory)

The visions of Marietta Davis were also recorded and published in modern times under the name “Caught up into Heaven,” by Marietta Davis; and also “Nine Days in Heaven,” by Dennis Prince & Nolene Prince” and can be purchased on Amazon.com – or click on picture above to read the original version FREE online right now.


9. Loretta Blasingame

Sid Roth – Loretta Blasingame Interview

28:30 – 2 years ago

When Loretta Blasingame was just 13 years old, Jesus walked into her bedroom and called her to preach… Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural! Podcast “This is an exhilarating story about Heaven. As I read Bishop Earthquake’s account, I was transported to Heaven with him. I walked with him …all »

CLICK PICTURE OF BOOK TO WATCH VIDEO OR CLICK THIS LINK HERE: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4458725325560776680&hl=en#docid=-4385206692850617366


10. Other Testimonies (various)







Deliverance from Bondage & Demon Possession:


Deliverance Prayer #1 (standard):

Deliverance Release from Bondage 11-page prayer sheet


Deliverance Prayer #2 (alien abductions, & more):

Deliverance Prayer aliens http_www.metatech.org_pre…



of Mental Illness Healings – TRUE STORIES

Demon Busters:


Forgiveness is yours for the asking:

You can take a million steps away from God, but it’s only ONE STEP BACK TO THE LORD!

Call on the Lord today, repent, ask for forgiveness!  Ask Him to baptize you in the Holy Spirit.  Jesus will forgive you.  I know, HE FORGAVE ME!  If He can forgive me, he can forgive YOU.

He loves you and He will forgive you.

It’s all about asking.


Pack your bags, look where you’re going, the New Jerusalem!

No eye has seen nor ear heard, but this gives us a tiny glimpse and that glimpse is simply amazing!





Pack your bags!

Read the bible, the WORD OF GOD

WHOLE BIBLE WITH TABLE OF CONTENTS:  http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/matthew-henry/mh-complete/MHC00000.HTM

BLUE LETTER BIBLE:  http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Gen&c=1&t=NLT#top

BIBLE GATEWAY:  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+1&version=NLT

(we’ve listed the Living Translation because it is in easy American English so easy a child can understand)

(or just click on ASK THE ANIMALS title at top of each page)

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  1. […] • Heaven & Hell Testimonies […]

  2. that’s very interesting,and we realy want to know about Heaven…can i have a free book of a Divine Revelation of Heaven…this is my address,Brgy F.Tarusan Borongan City Eastern Samar 6800 Philippines…Thank you very much And May the Lord Our God Bless YOU!!!…..I’M HADASSAH ABELLA 17 YEAR OLD.

  3. You can download the book about heaven for FREE on the link above.

  4. […] Do you really want to spend eternity in complete and utter darkness, fire, stench, where life doesn’t exist, only despair and hopelessness, with the very evil men you fear and despise in this New World Order, the Illuminati?  Hitler?  Murderers and liars? [read about hell here] […]

  5. […] Do you really want to spend eternity in complete and utter darkness, fire, stench, where life doesn’t exist, only despair and hopelessness, with the very evil men you fear and despise in this New World Order, the Illuminati?  Hitler?  Murderers and liars? [read about hell here] […]

  6. right now i want to know more abt hell coz my mind keeps wandering away even after knowing the truth of life and facts of hell.can anyone tell me how to stable my thoughts and heart please.. thank u God Bless


  8. Eric,

    Please provide links or post here, rather than writing to Ghana. Or provide more info.

  9. Hi, I do not believe that Oden Hetrick’s account of Heaven with the companionship he describes is Scriptural. Please pray about it and possibly remove it from your list. Thank you, Diana

  10. Praise God, I thank God so much for showing as how hell is and how heaven is. We can’t play with fire in hell but can play with fire on earth.

    Right now is the time to repent and turn away from sin.

  11. GOD is not only Trinity.. God is full of secrets even angel didn’t know..
    supper of lamb is not jesus.. its supper of a human to save Demons,,, he has twins he
    didn’nt know he has….
    God want to save Satan .. the reason we suffer into world becoz God separate the
    Good and Bad… the last theory is… the last son of god.. is devil to save the demons
    but is impossible how to choose the bad or good.. he will send his Twins baby cherubim and adult devil as himself in one Body of a man… what we call it the Half devil half angel man..
    right eye is baby cherub and the left eye is adult devil.. that they may transform both devil and angel…
    they will have a test.. 50% to save…. is God Himself…
    the 4 horsemen in revealation bible have crown is not jesus but himself a devil become angel
    just search this.. in
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CpZ11OXmZk The Four Horsemen and the Oliv
    the another one i search is a cherubim angel..who are sitting on a throne .. similarity of god..
    I received this heavenly vision while in deep prayer, meditation and worship.
    The glory of the Lord descended upon the place where I was praying. Great billows of fire, bright lights and majestic power came before my eyes. In the center of the fire and the lights was the throne of God. On the throne was a similarity of God. Joy, peace and love flowed from God Almighty.
    The air around the throne was filled with baby cherubim, singing and kissing the Lord upon His face, His hands and His feet. The song they sang was “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.” The cherubim had tongues of fire sitting on their heads and on the tips of each tiny wing. The motion of their wings seemed synchronized with the movement of the power and glory of the Lord.
    A cherub flew to me and touched my eyes.

  12. great blog post, thanks 😉

  13. A response to Diana who posted 2/24/10 regarding Oden Hetrick. I have watched his video at least 10 times and reviewed the information at loishetrick.com about 10 times also. I have not found anything that is “un-scriptural”. Jesus encountered a similar situation in Luke 21:27-38. He Jesus had to explain to the Sadducees about marriage (reproduction) in heaven. The angels (nor redeemed people reproduce in heaven). Fallen angels did reproduce (Gen 6). Oden explains that they (angels and redeemed people) are as Adam & Eve were in the garden of eden (before the fall). Jesus presented many expanded explanations of scripture passages during his 3 1/2 year ministry. The religious leaders of His day answered Him with death threats and boasted of His blasphemy. Diana may not be able to accept Oden’s explanation at this time…maybe she will at a future date. If she has evidence that Oden Hetrick has an un-scriptural position, please let her state so now. Oden states he stopped counting his visits to heaven after 80 visits. I believe him. I have learned a great deal from him. There is only one testimony of persons visiting heaven or hell that I have a problem with. Oden Hetrick is not one of them. In the love of my Savior. Art

  14. Написано конечно всё правильно, хотя и только поверхностно. В любом случае спасибо

  15. http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/249.html

    Why I Deny Religion, How Silly and Fantastic It Is, and Why I’m a Dedicated and Vociferous Bright – by James Randi

    I’ve reached the point where I just have to unload on this subject that until now I’ve felt was just outside of the matters that the JREF handles. Since religion shows up as a part of so many arguments in support of other fantastic claims, I want to show you that its embrace is of the same nature as acceptance of astrology, ESP, prophecy, dowsing, and the other myriad of strange beliefs we handle here every day. Previously, I’ve excused myself from involved discussions of this pervasive notion, on grounds that it offers no examinable evidence, as the other supernatural beliefs actually do – though those examinations have always shown negative results. Religious people can’t be argued with logically, because they claim that their beliefs are of such a nature that they cannot be examined, but just “are.”

    Rather than argue or try to reason by their standards, I’ll settle for pointing out, briefly, how unlikely, unreasonable, bizarre, and fantastic their basic claims are, dealing for the most part with those I’m more familiar with, from personal experience.

    I frequently receive criticisms from offended believers in psychic matters and religious dogma, accusing me of being one of those dreaded “materialists,” or of being unable to accept the wonders they choose to embrace because I’m “locked into” a world-view that accepts only the “unyielding” and “orthodox” scientific version of how the world works. These words in quotation marks are taken directly from recent scoldings I’ve been offered.

    First of all, the word “unyielding” cannot possibly be applied to the genuine scientific view. My favourite concise definition of science, one which I admit I invented, is:

    Science is a search for basic truths about the Universe, a search which develops statements that appear to describe how the Universe works, but which are subject to correction, revision, adjustment, or even outright rejection, upon the presentation of better or conflicting evidence.

    Science is a discipline that yields frequently while attempting to closely approach that elusive goal called “truth,” but knowing that any conclusion it can arrive at is merely the best one of the moment. Any statement – s = ut + ½at2, for example – is “true” when applied to cannonballs dropped from leaning towers; however it does not accurately describe the interaction of very small or very large objects such as electrons or galaxies. That doesn’t make it “wrong,” it merely makes it limited. More comprehensive statements such as relativity or quantum concepts, better describe a larger spectrum of physical interactions, but buried in those more advanced statements we can find the former simpler one – which I trust my reader recognizes as one of those given us by the chap named Newton.

    The structure of Science itself is also in a constant state of development; ideally, it does not have an “orthodox” state into which it settles down comfortably and complacently. It only takes something like a new statistical standard or an observational innovation to change its approach to any event or decision with which it was formerly – tentatively – satisfied, but the true scientist does not regret nor refuse such improvements in approach or technique, rather embracing them and adjusting to the new-and-better understanding of the world that is now available. Religion, in contrast, is repelled by honest doubt, preferring naïve, unquestioning acceptance.

    It is the willingness to adjust that provides a genuine glory to Science, in my amateur opinion. It is in distinct contrast to the axioms of religions, which proudly flaunt their inflexible “truths” to demonstrate that they “know” certain things with certainty. Yet, the Earth is round, not flat, nor is it the center of the Universe; those revelations were promptly accepted, absorbed, and applied by science – as primitive as it was at that moment in history – and no pain was felt by those who incorporated it into their world-view, though in many cases there must have been some discomfort and surprise, followed by delight.

    “Eppur, si muove.” Even if he didn’t say it, I’m sure he wanted to….

    Yes, I’m a materialist. I’m willing to be shown wrong, but that has not happened – yet. And I admit that the reason I’m unable to accept the claims of psychic, occult, and/or supernatural wonders is because I’m Iocked into a world-view that demands evidence rather than blind faith, a view that insists upon the replication of all experiments – particularly those that appear to show violations of a rational world – and a view which requires open examination of the methods used to carry out those experiments. The decision to be a materialist is my own, I made it after many years of consideration of what I observed, and after reading Bertrand Russell and others. Since it was not a mere reaction to incoming information, but the result of examining that information, I’m proud of my decision.

    (Aside: I’m proud of being an American, a skeptic, and a bright. I only take pride in those things that I accomplished, not those that I was born with or was given. I chose to be an American, and I earned that distinction, I became and remain a skeptic though it was difficult and still gives me problems, and being a bright is flying in the face of those millions who label me inferior because I’m not superstitious like they are. I don’t care; I know and accept the real world.)

    As a child, I was told to believe that savages were doomed to boil in molten sulfur if they did not accept the “merciful” deity that was described to me, even if they had no opportunity of knowing about him/it! That deity, from what I was told, suffered from many serious defects that I was told to avoid. He/it was capricious, insecure, jealous, vindictive, sadistic, and cruel, and demanded constant praise, sacrifice, adulation, and ego-support, or the penalties could be very severe. I found, early on in my observations, that religious people were very fearful, trembling and wondering if they’d committed any infractions of the multitude of rules they had to follow. They were – and are – ruled by fear. That’s not my style.

    But it was the incredible stories I was told, that really made me rear back in disbelief. For examples, they told me, some 2,000 years ago a mid-East virgin was impregnated by a ghost of some sort, and as a result produced a son who could walk on water, raise the dead, turn water into wine, and multiply loaves of bread and fishes. All that was in addition to tossing out demons. He expected and accepted a brutal, sadistic, death – and then he rose from the dead.

    There was much, much, more. Adam and Eve, they said, were the original humans, plunked down in a garden to start our species going. But I didn’t understand, and still don’t, that they had only two children, both sons – and one of them killed the other – yet somehow they produced enough people to populate the Earth, without incest, which was a big no-no! Then some prophet or other made the Earth stop turning, an army blew horns until a wall fell down, a guy named Moses made the Red Sea divide in two, and made frogs fall out of the sky….

    I needn’t go on. And that’s only a small start on one religion! The Wizard of Oz is more believable. And more fun.

    I keep hearing, from the parapsychologists, the religious, and the occultists, about this unwillingness they point to, a reluctance by certain skeptics to consider the evidence. There may well be skeptics out there who match that description, but I don’t know of any. I’ve heard that the skeptics’ postulated refusal to believe, parallels and even exceeds the dedication of the most ardent reincarnation enthusiast, spoon-bending buff, or UFO devotee. I’ve also seen attempts to delineate the more or less nonrational bases that underlie such extreme positions.

    It’s said, quite correctly, that the human mind needs to form an understandable picture of the universe in which it lives; pattern-seeking is a basic survival technique hard-wired into us. We also seek to have an understanding of our own existence, and we often find that adopting what can be described as a religious or a “religious-metaphysical” world-view seems to make it easier to make sense of the perceived riddle of existence. I find that skeptics, generally speaking, eschew belief in metaphysical, untestable, unscientific hypotheses, but credophiles prefer to believe that – when pressed – we skeptics will confess to having adopted at least some degree of metaphysical outlook. This can only be the credophiles’ desperate attempt at wishful thinking, a declaration that they cannot believe that not everyone is credulous. It’s just something they can’t relate to, nor accept.

    Here is how the credophiles see us skeptics, and how they try to make themselves appear rational, in contrast to our giddy ways: They will admit that many of them have adopted unorthodox religious positions – and they may include in that list such obvious and ridiculous straw-men as Theosophy and Scientology, just to show that they’re not totally bereft of common sense. They say that while many skeptics disclaim any religious proclivities, yet, they add, upon careful examination, they too may often be seen to have a profound belief in what the credophiles see as the “metaphysical doctrine” that they call, “materialism.” This doctrine, they say, denies the existence of such entities as minds, souls, and spirits, and asserts that the physical universe constitutes the entirety of reality. They point out that as materialism cannot be said to be scientifically or philosophically proven, this embrace on our part may be due to a reaction to certain events and trends in the history of science.

    This is a cart-and-horse inversion, in my opinion. To digress momentarily, let me provide here a view and an approach that I have given before. Readers will be aware of the million-dollar prize that is offered by the JREF. Many – a majority – of the applicants for that prize challenge us to disprove their claim(s). We point out that we make no claims, and we only require them to prove theirs; we do not, and will not, attempt to disprove that which they claim is true. Similarly, skeptics do not attempt to prove materialism. It is simply the best, most logical, reasonable, explanation of the universe. That’s using parsimony. And materialism can be tested – a feature the credophiles often say is not acceptable nor necessary within their supernatural world-view.

    Skeptics do not allow the invention of convenient but untestable situations or entities to establish a claim, nor do they accept that mental or spiritual properties can be ascribed to physical matter, which is the origin of the idea of holy relics and locations. Buddha’s tooth, the Shroud of Turin, Lourdes, the Black Stone of Mecca, are examples. Aristotle, upon whose teachings much of Christianity is based, taught that there were “crystalline spheres” that carried the planets and stars on their celestial voyages, and that they were associated with incorporeal, undefined “movers” that provided the forces that kept them in motion. He thought that these “movers” were spiritual in nature, and that the relationship of a mover to its sphere was like that of a soul to its body. This view was amplified by later interpreters of Aristotle such as Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century who taught that baser matter was likewise conceived to have psychological properties.

    Aristotle wrote that a terrestrial object fell to the ground due to its “aspiration” to reach its “natural place.” This animistic view of the universe is also found in the work of William Gilbert, the English physician. He endorsed the ideas of the Greek philosopher Thales, who attributed magnetic attraction to the action of a “magnetic soul” in the naturally magnetic mineral known as lodestone, the attraction brought about by the emission of a “magnetic effluvium” by the mineral. Gilbert also believed that the Earth itself had a magnetic soul. In its position so near the Sun, he said, the Earth’s soul perceived the Sun’s magnetic field, and reasoned that its one side would burn up while the other would freeze, if it did not act, thus it chose to revolve upon its axis, and then decided to incline its axis at a slight angle in order to bring about the variation of seasons.

    Do not err by condemning Aristotle and Harvey as poor thinkers; they were not. Other matters they wrote about were well handled. It’s likely that if they’d had access to the improved knowledge that was developed after their period of existence, they would have accepted and celebrated that input; they were scientists, though the strict discipline of that profession had not been arrived at when they declared their conclusions. The fact that these fantastic animistic views of the matter constituting the Universe have now vanished as a result of scientific advances, must not lead us to disdain the ideas of the ancients; they did the best they could, and because of the freely-created inventions of their religions – virgin birth and loaves-and-fishes stories always spring to mind – they found no difficulty with their arguably less fanciful assumptions. However, it seems high time for the paranormalists, occultists, and religious enthusiasts of today to accept that their own assumptions are also no more, and no longer, acceptable. We need to grow up.

    Religion is behind so many of the major tragedies of humanity. A new book by Jon Krakauer is titled, “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.” The current perception of Islam as a particularly militant religion – officially fanned and embellished to justify our presence in Iraq, in my opinion – invokes horrid memories of the Branch Davidian cult fiasco and the Aum Shinricko nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway of a few years ago, and of the 1978 “doomsday” suicide of the faithful in the Jim Jones’ People’s Temple sect. These are just a few dramatic instances of the effects of religious zeal that made the more conservative believers recoil and perhaps even doubt – momentarily – the wisdom of their faith.

    It need not have taken such sudden, bloody, high-profile events to call our attention to this problem. Other more pervasive, ongoing situations to which we seem to have become accustomed because of their constant presence in our lives, should command equal alarm. The Israeli-Palestinian tragedy, the Catholic-Protestant war in Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka’s Tamil-Sinhalese feud, and the Hindu-Muslim atrocities that daily take lives and bring terror and agony to so many, are only continuations of the ages-old confrontations between varieties of religious delusions. Desperate efforts to sustain – by any means – the rule and power of in-place religious systems that insist they have The Way to salvation and eternal life, as so well demonstrated in the bloody Catholic Inquisition that released us not too long ago, illustrate equally well that so much of our conflict is a direct result of the presence of religion. And, in cases of such minor events as local elections, the religion card can and often is played, with great success. We cherish our mistakes, and we defend them. Often to the death.

    And the attitude that superstitious beliefs such as religion are harmless, is quite wrong. Richard Dawkins recently observed, in http://www.thehumanist.org/humanist/articles/dawkins.html:

    I think a case can be made that faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate. Faith, being belief that isn’t based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion. And who, looking at Northern Ireland or the Middle East, can be confident that the brain virus of faith is not exceedingly dangerous?

    I have always differentiated between “blind faith” and “evidence derived faith.” From now on, I’ll use the word “faith” and not insert “blind.” Rather than “evidence derived faith” I’ll use “confidence.” I have confidence in the rising of the Sun tomorrow – or, more correctly, the turning of the Earth to face the Sun! – and I have faith that George W. Bush will eventually cease appealing to a deity or invoking prayer in every one of his public appearances….

    The credophiles try to establish a parallel between science and religion. This is a useless pursuit; these ideas are exact opposites of one another. No, as Dawkins also writes, “Although it has many of religion’s virtues, [science] has none of its vices. Science is based upon verifiable evidence.”

    We find religion in so much of our history, our philosophy, our everyday lives, and our legal system. Miscegenation was banned based on Biblical rules, slavery was justified by the same book. It’s convenient to have an ancient set of rules to back up odious actions and behavior, especially when it can be argued that a certain amount of “interpretation” – though never outright denial! – is necessary for them to properly be applied to any given situation. In that regard, I reject the tired arguments that try to excuse perfectly obvious errors and blunders of religion by insisting that “it doesn’t really mean that.” It means what it says, and no amount of alibi-ing and explaining will convince me that they didn’t intend the faithful to actually believe that the Universe was created in seven days. Make up your mind: either it’s right, or it’s wrong.

    Spare me the argument that we owe so much of our art and culture to religion; that’s a misattribution. The great architecture, paintings, music, and sculpture that poured forth in adulation of saints, deities and their offspring, and the blessed deceased, were commissioned, sponsored and paid for by those who offered them as sacrifices, penance, homage, and public relations. Those offerings were items of insurance, appeasements, and bribes, to neutralize transgressions or to obtain a better position on line. They were prompted by fear. I agree that we’re better off for the wealth of creative work that we’re able to share as a result of this apprehension, but I often think of how much better it could have been if the work had been directed to, and designed for, our species – rather than for mythical beings in the sky or under the ground.

    Well, I thank the mythology for giving me Handel’s “Messiah,” but that doesn’t make up for the suffering, grief, fear, and the millions of dead that need not have been….

    Consider: a man believes – beyond any doubt – that his god is the only god, is all-powerful and all-knowing, has created him and the entire universe around him, and is capricious, jealous, vindictive, and violent. That same god offers the man a choice between burning in eternal agony in a fully-defined hell, or living forever in a variety of paradises – some of which involve streets of gold and others an ample supply of virgin delights. Is there any choice here? Will the man fail to carry out any command or whim of this deity? How can we doubt that religion is a compulsory system that absolutely rules its adherents? It’s a tyranny, a trap, a disaster of infinite size and scope. I’ll have none of it.

    Examine the notion of a “loving god.” This god only loves you if you follow the rules. No questions, no doubts, no objections, are allowed. “Because I said so, that’s why.” He/she/it loves you as a farmer loves a draft-animal; you’re useful, you obey, and you’re docile. If you stray, your firstborn will be murdered, if you don’t follow a capricious order, you’re a pillar of salt. This is “love”? If so, I’ll take indifference.

    Unlike the religious, who have it all cut-and-dried, predigested and served up to them, I’m willing to be shown. But I will not entertain the argument of threats and fear, I will not fall for the “we don’t know everything” throw-down, and I haven’t the time to argue the endless anecdotal tales of which the faithful are so fond.

    What do I believe in? I believe in the basic goodness of my species, because that appears to be a positive tactic and quality that leads to better chances of survival – and in spite of our foolishness, we seem to have survived. I believe that this system of aging and eventually dying – a system that is the result of the evolutionary process, not of conscious effort – is an excellent process that makes room for hopefully improved members of the species, in an increasingly limited environment. I believe that if we don’t smarten up and get a sense of reality and pragmatism, our species will do what they all eventually do: it will cease to exist, prematurely. I also believe that we will get smart, because that’s a survival technique, and we’re really pretty good at that….

    I also believe in puppy-dogs and a child’s sparkling eyes, in laughter and smiles, in sunflowers and butterflies. Mountains and icebergs, snowflakes and clouds, are delights to me. Yes, I know that this perception is the result of hard-wiring in my brain, along with the added input of experience and association, but that does not subtract a bit from my appreciation of phenomena. I know that others, both of my species and not, may not share my awe and acceptance of these elements that so please me, because they have different needs and reactions. A cloud is a mass of condensed water-vapor in the atmosphere, I know. But it can be a sailing-ship, a demon, an eagle, if I allow myself to be a human being, and though many will doubt it, I frequently do.

    Author Krakauer, in his book “Under the Banner of Heaven,” dealing with the premise that violence and fanaticism can be found readily available in religion, writes:

    Although the far territory of the extreme can exert an intoxicating pull on susceptible individuals of all bents, extremism seems to be especially prevalent among those inclined by temperament or upbringing toward religious pursuits. Faith is the very antithesis of reason, injudiciousness a critical component of spiritual devotion. And when religious fanaticism supplants ratiocination, all bets are suddenly off. Anything can happen. Absolutely anything. Common sense is no match for the voice of God . . .

    “Faith is the very antithesis of reason, injudiciousness a critical component of spiritual devotion.” That says it all.

  16. This posting is in response to the July 7, 2010 posting by Rob the Iconoclast. I printed out your posting to Word and it covered 11 pages. Whew! In the third paragraph of your offering you stated you would “settle for pointing out, briefly, how unlikely…” You were not brief Rob! You began your writing by quoting something by James Randi, which reads in part…”Why I Deny Religion…” Humm! What’s that suppose to mean? I deny religion. Sounds like confusion to me. Either religion exists or it doesn’t, right?

    It appears you have concluded that religion does exist and is a problem. If my analysis of your writing is correct, then I agree with you that religion is indeed problematic. I’ve read the bible through many times I have not found anyone who attained entrance into heaven because they were religious.

    You state “Yes, I’m a materialist. I’m willing to be shown wrong, but that has not happened – yet”. Rob, if you place your faith in the material, according to the bible you most likely will not find peace with the Lord in eternity. As far as willing to be shown wrong…I doubt that as you further state “I’m proud of my decision”. From the bible I’ve found that pride was the first sin in the universe and caused the fall of Lucifer. You call yourself a skeptic and state “…skeptics do not attempt to prove materialism. It is simply the best, most logical, reasonable, explanation of the universe”. Well, that’s your opinion and you are welcome to it. The bible states that if you place your trust in things you can see and trust, you probably will find yourself at odds with God.

    You further state “I think a case can be made that faith is one of the world’s great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate. Faith, being brief (there you go being brief again) that isn’t based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion”. Whew! Faith Rob is something I believe you are confused about. Faith in and of itself is nothing. It is the object of faith that means something. Here are two examples of faith. I buy a beverage from a store. I have faith that the contents have not been poisoned and will not harm me. I have faith that the Living God loves me and wants the best for me. You see, it’s not faith that is really anything, it’s the object of the faith that is important. The result of that faith is important too. In the beverage, I enjoyed the beverage because I bought it and consumed it (action on my part). I enjoy my relationship with God as He provides many things for me daily and I give him my love and fellowship to Him in return. I’m obedient to His will upon my life. He’s pleased and I am also. James puts it this way, “faith without works is dead”.

    You further state “What do I believe in? I believe in the basic goodness of my species…” Well, the bible states that man’s nature is sinful and that he proceeds from bad to worse. Your statement that “I believe in” shows your faith in your species. You sir, have faith in your species. You trust in your species and that sir is what will continually cause you to be separated from God. The bible states in Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me”. Your god is you and your species. Until you submit unto the Lordship of the Messiah Jesus and surrender unto His authority…you will never know freedom. You will continue in your bondage unto sin and you will eventually meet Him at the great white throne judgment day (Rev. 20:11-15).

    You have resources right here on this website (testimonies from those who have been to heaven/hell) and you have the opportunity to benefit from their testimonies. Take Mary Baxter for instance. She freely gives you her two books to read from “free”. Have you read them? How about the videos from Bill Wiese and Oden Hetrick, have you watched them? Have you been to Lois Hetrick’s website http://www.loishetrick.com and read “Inside the Gates of Heaven”? Have you read the bible from Genesis through to Revelation with a desire to understand what’s contained within that library of books?

    Finally, I’d like to say this to you Rob…I believe you have a lot of nerve placing your extremely long posting to this website. I read it and found that you were preaching your “stuff” to an audience that I don’t believe appreciates your heavy handed approach and your religious stance. In my opinion you showed bad taste. Unless you support this website financially, I also believe you’ve ripped this site off of valuable comment space that is costly to the website. It is my hope for you that you look away from man and materialism and look toward my Savior Jesus. If you do, you just may find the peace and serenity you’ve been missing in your life. It is this same Jesus that Mary Baxter saw, Bill Wiese saw, Oden and Lois Hetrick, and many others saw. He’s real and good. Jesus is who you are missing sir. I suggest you spend time in the bible and reading the testimonies of those who have witnessed the Savior and the real places heaven and hell.

    In the love of my Savior and Lord Jesus the Messiah. Art

  17. How sad how the devil has many confused…he is deffinately working over time since we are very near the end of times.. HE’S COMING THO VERY SOON..praise the lord amillion times praise the lord forever and ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. May the peace of God be onto my brother and sister that reveal to us the testimonies of our Lord Jesus christ and to the saint of our Lord al over the world , pleas send to me your phone on; that you may bless me, thank I Jeremiah from Nigeria (jerymojeremiah@yaho.com).

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  20. […] Do you really want to spend eternity in complete and utter darkness, fire, stench, where life doesn’t exist, only despair and hopelessness, with the very evil men you fear and despise in this New World Order, the Illuminati?  Hitler?  Murderers and liars? [read about hell here] […]

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  22. please when you send your testimonies you put allot of scripture to prove it

  23. pls iam happy to find web,i leave in kenya,western,mumias.ihave bean reading the devine revelatoin,it has blessed me so much.i am one of those who have many dreams about jesus,iwas a muslim,but jesus saved me,thank you loard.isaw the get of hell,thruoh dreams,isaw fire buning this world,and realy it is burning.somany things isee in my dreams.remember about jacob how he dreamd about lader,read job cpt 33:14-16.

  24. I went to Hell & Heaven
    I’m nobody famous or rich. I’m just an ordinary working Christian person. I dreamed this about 15 years ago and I have only shared it with a limited amount of people. However, Ive been feeling guilty for years for not doing what I was told to do. So, I decided to end my guilt and to tell my story to everyone that I can reach.
    That moment of time in my life was very difficult for me, because I was dealing with the loss of my mother. I was not in my right state of mine, and I experience something new to spark up my marriage. Then, after experiencing several events, I started to question myself because I felt guilty sharing my husband with another woman. Their were many times that I wanted to stop this behavior but I was convinced that sharing love is not a sin. I continue having doubts, so I then decided to ask God for an answer. One night, as I was praying in bed to Jesus Christ, I asked Jesus to reveal to me the truth about being bisexual. Then, I went to sleep. I recall falling down into a dark long tunnel and being grabbed by something as I continued falling. I could not see anything, I was in total darkness and it was a long trip down. Finally, I fell onto the ground and my body felt cold. I didn’t have shoes so I felt the cold dirt like texture between my toes. I could smelled burning hair and flesh. Somehow, I knew I was in Hell. As I was standing I started to pray and asked God to take me away from here. As I prayed I heard a deep horrific voice saying to me, “Terri this is not a dream, your really here so nobody is going to hear you or save you. Your mine!” Then, he would laugh and tease me by touching me and whispering in my ear, over and over again. I then fell to my knees and accepted my punishment. I prayed to Jesus, “I’m sorry for my sins, I accept my punishment and I will always love you Lord. The Devil continued laughing and saying, “this is not a dream, your mine!”.
    I still continued to pray, “Please Jesus, come into my heart, my soul, my mind, my body, and my blood.” Then, I saw a dim pin like light bright up Hell in seconds. I then saw the beast next to me. The beast was enormously huge animal like creature with horns, I was just a tiny person next to it. The dirt was red in color and unrecognizable animal like creatures were all around me crawling on the dirt, At a distance I saw many pits with bursting fire out from it. And I thought to myself why is it cold here? I then saw Jesus standing in the light. I raised my arms as a child to be carried, as I flew to Jesus. I thanked Jesus for taking me out of there and giving me a chance. Then, I asked Jesus, why was I there for so long. Jesus told me “I wanted you to experience being in Hell”. As Jesus and I went up the tunnel, I saw creatures in bedded in the dirt and its arms trying to touch me but they couldn’t. Then I remember seeing a beautiful gold color city that look like Jersulium. As I entered the city I saw my deceased mother at a distance. I wanted to go to her but Jesus stopped me and told me I could not talk to her right now, I have to show you something. The next thing I remember I was standing in front of two huge doors. The doors opened by it self. The room was white, there was no furniture in sight, the white walls were so high that I couldn’t see the ceiling. Jesus, told me “this is your home” but you have to go back and save your son and husband. Also, you must share this experience to as many people as you can. I said okay. Then, Jesus and I walked outside. Again, I saw many people of all ages and my mother at a distance. I raised my hand and waved goodby to my mother. Then, I immediately woke up gasping for air.
    Till this day, I don’t know if it was just a dream or if I died for a short time. I finally, did as I was told by God. I hope the unbelievers will read my story and accept Jesus Christ as their savior. There is one God and the way to heaven is with Jesus Christ our only true God.
    God bless you all.
    Sent from my iPhone

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