Christopher Hitchens died of cancer. Along with being a powerful writer he was one of the leading advocates for atheism. Dying from cancer, he pledged he would not turn to God in his final minutes. He said if he ever made such a comment, it would only be if he was delirious and out of his mind.
Hitchens is now in heaven (I’m sure to his surprise). Can an atheist go to heaven? Do all Muslims go to hell? Who exactly invented these rules for salvation?
I was listening to a Christian radio show about bible questions and answers, and someone asked about dinosaurs in the bible. The speaker explained how the Great Flood created the dinosaur fossils. No scientific evidence was given to explain how being underwater for 40 days and nights created fossils deep beneath the earth, and in finely detailed layers as well. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was like OMG…flabbergasted! I could not believe grown, educated men could actually discuss flood created dinosaur fossils as reality and not a joke.
I think this type of religious thinking fueled Hitchens and others’ atheism. Hitchens wrote about religion: “Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”
I can’t argue with that. Hitchens is correct. However, Hitchens was wrong if he equated spirituality as being the same as religious dogma. There is a difference. When atheists attack the very idea of spirituality, they become the flip side of the religion coin. Suddenly they are the ones who are in denial of reality.
After his cancer Hitchens was quoted about atheism: “No evidence or argument has yet been presented which would change my mind. But I like surprises.”
If an atheist, skeptic or scientist wants proof of an afterlife, it is out there. The evidence for the NDE (near-death-experience) is compelling. I would suggest it is proven. It seems those with an ideological axe to grind avoid examining the NDE research in detail. If skeptics did, the extensive NDE research would turn their worldview upside-down.
The NDE is the atheist’s dinosaur fossil.
According to near-death experiences a religious belief, or lack of them, don’t seem to matter much. What people do experience is a judgment day when we have to relive all the harm or good we did in our life. If you hurt someone, you will experience exactly what they felt, no escaping that. It sounds supremely fair to me. Hitchens now realizes he was mistaken, but he had a good reason to distain much of religion. Nobody will go to hell because they recognized religion’s nonsense. That would be supremely unfair.
There is also a very real chance that Mr. Hitchens may contact with those who were closest to him. There exists a window of opportunity where the deceased may contact the living. When my mother passed away, she contacted my father who is something of an agnostic. I wrote about it on my blog at the time. This is very real stuff, and I hope Mr. Hitchens’ loved ones are receptive to the possibility.
Speaking of After Death Communications (ADC) here is an excellent interview on the topic from my favorite esoteric podcast: Binnallofameria He has an excellent interview with Bill Guggenheim about the topic.
Before he got sick Hitchens’ had an opinion column that appeared in my local newspaper’s editorial section. He was extremely perceptive. I am happy Christopher Hitchens still exists.
Below is an excellent documentary about the NDE: