There was a TV program today on the Biography channel on near-death experiences. I’d read a number of these stories before, but as usual, these were extremely powerful testimonials. The research into and popularization of NDEs in the past 50 or so years are the most significant religious development since the beginning of the Christian faith 2,000 years ago. As someone wrote, any one of these people’s stories fully qualifies to be added to the Bible. If you have not familiarized yourself with some of these accounts, take an hour to do so now. They are as amazing as they are inspiring and instructive.
This universe is not our true home. Why then are we here? If men live only one life as Christianity affirms, then perhaps this is a natural place to get one's eternal life started. If, however, as I think, there is something to the doctrines of metempsychosis and suchlike, then we must admit that the main answer is to improve in all of our faculties. But in that case, this universe is somewhat of a simulation: a boot camp for both the soul and the body.