illustrations for sermons
Sign in . Contact illustrations for sermons contact



Illustration Search
Search Alphabetically:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X-Y-Z
Search by Topic:
Enter Topic

'Hell' Categories

The Reality of Hell

Cardiologist Dr. Maurice Rawlings—a fellow in the American College of Cardiology and a specialist in cardiovascular diseases—has done extensive research on so-called life-after-death experiences. As a cardiologist, he regularly resuscitated patients who claimed such experiences. He and his emergency room colleagues interviewed more than 300 of them.  Many patients reported the familiar Heavenly experiences of bright light and warm feelings. But nearly 50 percent reported images of fire and torment, for example, the patient who came back screaming, "Please get me out of Hell!" Dr. Rawlings asked him what he saw, and he described spinning downward through a dark tunnel toward grotesque creatures, a burning lake, and a crowded cave full of suffering people. Dr. Rawlings said the other patients with Hell experiences had similar descriptions, "which struck me as too much of a coincidence." What sets Rawlings research apart is that the patients were interviewed immediately after resuscitation, not months or years later when stories could be revised or re-imagined. In fact, many of the same patients who admitted to Hell experiences changed their stories in follow-up interviews. Rawlings conjectures that they are unwilling to admit the experiences to themselves or family, or that they are embarrassed by them—like getting an F on a report card. Rawlings said: "I used to think religion was all a bunch of hocus-pocus, but these patients have convinced me that there is both a Heaven and a Hell."

Reference: Dr Maurice Rawlings, “To Hell and Back,” video.google.com; Daniel Meyer, “The Light at the End of the Tunnel,” Preaching Today No. 238, PreachingToday.com; Dr. James Modlish, “Great Doctrines of The Bible: Is There Really a Hell?” thebiblestudypage.com/hell.shtml