Jesus (Updated)

Jesus (Updated)

Sep 07

This page includes Jesus-related links to news articles, special reports, books, movies, videos, modern Jesus scholarship, The Sayings Gospel Q, and more…

Historical & Cross-Cultural Near-Death Experiences (Updated)

Historical & Cross-Cultural Near-Death Experiences (Updated)

Jul 24

A cross-cultural exploration of near-death experiences from ancient times until today…

All About Emanuel Swedenborg (Updated)

All About Emanuel Swedenborg (Updated)

Jul 19

All about Emanuel Swedenborg. “People who have had near-death experiences peek through the door of the after-life, but Swedenborg explored the whole house.” — Kenneth Ring, founder of International Association for Near Death Studies (IANDS)

Pope Francis: ‘2 Percent’ of Catholic Clergy Are Pedophiles

Pope Francis: ‘2 Percent’ of Catholic Clergy Are Pedophiles

Jul 13

Pope Francis has revealed that 2% of the Catholic clergy, including priests, bishops and cardinals, are pedophiles…

Stephen Gaskin, Founder Of ‘The Farm’, Dies At 79

Stephen Gaskin, Founder Of ‘The Farm’, Dies At 79

Jul 03

Stephen Gaskin, a hippie guru who in 1971 led around 300 followers in a caravan of psychedelically painted school buses from San Francisco to Tennessee to start “The Farm”, a commune that has outlived most of its countercultural counterparts while spreading good works from Guatemala to the South Bronx, died on Tuesday at his home on the commune, in Summertown, Tenn. He was 79…

Quote: William Martin

Quote: William Martin

Jun 08

Make the Ordinary Come Alive
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

— William Martin, “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents”

The Shroud of Turin 2015 Exhibition: April 19 – June 24

The Shroud of Turin 2015 Exhibition: April 19 – June 24

Jun 07

The Shroud in Turin will be publicly exhibited in Turin, Italy April 19 through June 24, 2015, 67 days in all. Pope Francis is planning to visit the Shroud on May 24th…

Jesus, The Man

Jesus, The Man

May 09

While some elements of this description may not be historically accurate, it captures “the spirit of Jesus” better than any other overview I am aware of…

China On Course To Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’

China On Course To Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’

Apr 19

The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America…

The Hopping Stone Vision

The Hopping Stone Vision

Apr 07

Deep in the southwest deserts, an old medicine man and young brave stand atop a great plateau. Together they silently survey all the Earth. After what seems like ages of absorbing all that can be seen, the old man taps his medicine stick on the ground. From twelve different directions great streaks of lightning strike the Earth, and from each place the lightning strikes, twelve great stones begin to form. As the stones form, the old man begins to sing an ancient song…

NHNE’s NDE ‘Formula’ Newsletter Premiers Monday (Updated)

NHNE’s NDE ‘Formula’ Newsletter Premiers Monday (Updated)

Apr 07

The first issue of NHNE’s NDE Formula Newsletter premiers Monday, April 7th. This cutting-edge newsletter will focus on “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” and how we can use the profound truths presented in near-death experiences to transform our personal and collective lives. If you are interested in receiving this free online publication, click here to sign up…

Is The Internet Causing Americans To Drop Religious Affiliation?

Is The Internet Causing Americans To Drop Religious Affiliation?

Apr 07

New research reveals a correlation between the rise of the Internet and the decline of Americans claiming religious affiliation…

Vatican Library To Digitise Its Most Valuable Manuscripts

Vatican Library To Digitise Its Most Valuable Manuscripts

Mar 20

The Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world’s most important research libraries, is hoping in the next four years to archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, comprising more than 41 million pages…

New Movie: ‘Noah’ (Updated)

New Movie: ‘Noah’ (Updated)

Feb 26

“Noah” retells the biblical story of Noah and his ark as found in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. Paramount Pictures has said the $130 million film, which will begin production in Iceland and New York, will stick closely to the story presented in the Bible. However, the film is likely to focus more on environmental issues than on the spiritual implications of the story…

Shamanism (Updated)

Shamanism (Updated)

Feb 23

Pulse Resource Page on Shamanism…

Buffalo Mass Mobs

Buffalo Mass Mobs

Feb 02

Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties or mischief, mobs of Buffalo-area Roman Catholics have been filling pews and lifting spirits at some of the city’s original, now often sparsely attended, churches. On a given Sunday, participants attend Mass en masse at a church they’ve picked in an online vote and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. Visitors experience the architecture, heritage and spirit of the aging houses of worship and the churches once again see the numbers they were built for, along with a helpful bump in donations when the collection baskets are passed…

According To 4,000 Year-Old Tablet, Noah’s Ark Was Round

According To 4,000 Year-Old Tablet, Noah’s Ark Was Round

Jan 24

A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old clay tablet from ancient Mesopotamia — modern-day Iraq — reveals striking new details about the roots of the Old Testament tale of Noah. It tells a similar story, complete with detailed instructions for building a giant round vessel known as a coracle — as well as the key instruction that animals should enter “two by two”…

NHNE Winter 2014 Fundraising Video (Final Numbers)

NHNE Winter 2014 Fundraising Video (Final Numbers)

Jan 17

Twice a year, NewHeavenNewEarth (NHNE) conducts fundraisers to support our work. This year, in addition to raising money to support our many online projects, we are raising money to support the new Mustard Seed Venture – NewHeavenNewEarth Community Center in Sedona, Arizona. This short video describes our innovative work and offers those of you who are interested a chance to lend a hand…

TEDx: Barrie Schwortz on The Shroud of Turin

TEDx: Barrie Schwortz on The Shroud of Turin

Jan 06

Barrie Schwortz, an Orthodox Jew, spends much of his time educating Christians that the Turin Shroud may well be an artifact of Jesus. An expert on imaging, he was the official documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the 1978 team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud. In 2009, he founded the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.). Schwortz began as a skeptic of the shroud, but by scientific evidence became absolutely convinced of its authenticity. To be open-minded and brave enough to immerse oneself in the evidence of beliefs that go against your own, and allow yourself to be convinced of their validity, requires a courage and honesty that not many can claim. This is what Barrie Schwortz has been doing for the past 30 years…

Hollywood’s New Best Friend: ‘The Bible’

Hollywood’s New Best Friend: ‘The Bible’

Dec 27

The saint-like image of a hooded woman looms out from the movie poster, her arms outstretched as a divine light bursts from the sky. A message written above is simple and unambiguous: “You Will Believe.” So goes the promotional campaign for the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster Mary Mother of Christ. Mary Mother of Christ is one of a series of unashamedly Christian biblical epics due to appear next year, marking an unprecedented overture by Hollywood to America’s evangelical heartland…

A Native American Christmas

A Native American Christmas

Dec 26

From Jana Mashonee’s “American Indian Christmas” album…

Christophor Coppes: The Essence of Religions and NDEs

Christophor Coppes: The Essence of Religions and NDEs

Dec 16

Christophor Coppes is the author of “The Essence of Religions: A Glimpse of Heaven in the Near-Death Experience”. This article summarizes his core findings…

Movie: ‘Son of God’

Movie: ‘Son of God’

Nov 30

The first trailer for “Son of God” has debuted online. The film is a big-screen adaptation of the History Channel’s hit 10-hour miniseries The Bible, produced by Mark Burnett and wife Roma Downey. The movie will follow Jesus from his birth through his death and resurrection and is set to feature selections from the miniseries and additional scenes left on the cutting-room floor. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado is reprising his role as the son of God…

Scientology (Updated)

Scientology (Updated)

Nov 17

Pulse Resource Page on Scientology…

Was Mother Teresa’s Humanitarian Image ‘A Myth’? (Updated)

Was Mother Teresa’s Humanitarian Image ‘A Myth’? (Updated)

Nov 14

A collection of reports that accuse Mother Teresa of failing to be the humanitarian saint she was widely perceived to be. The allegations include accepting money from corrupt sources, keeping secret bank accounts, misusing millions of dollars in donations (money that could have been used to alleviate poverty or improve the conditions of her hospices was used, instead, to open new convents, increase missionary work, and fund other Vatican projects), refusing to help the needy when they approached the sisters at the wrong time according to the prescribed schedule, discouraging sisters from seeking medical training to deal with the illnesses they encountered (with the justification that God empowers the weak and ignorant), the imposition of “unjust” punishments on sisters (such as being transferred away from their friends), and keeping sisters in check by prohibiting the reading of secular books and newspapers, and emphasizing obedience over independent thinking and problem-solving… This post also includes Time Magazine’s August 2007 article on “Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith.”

Atheist ‘Megachurches’ On The Rise

Atheist ‘Megachurches’ On The Rise

Nov 12

After a successful launch in Great Britain, dozens of gatherings dubbed “atheist mega-churches” are springing up around the U.S.. The movement is fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians. Called “Sunday Assembly”, the new movement’s motto is “Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More”…

‘The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth’ by David Sunfellow (Updated: Version 2.1)

‘The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth’ by David Sunfellow (Updated: Version 2.1)

Oct 19

Many of you have heard about “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” or “The Formula.” I introduced the idea in my two-part YouTube presentation called “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World.” Essentially, I’ve been trying to identify the universal truths presented by near-death experiences and wrestle them into “a formula” that we can use to transform our lives. After a year of teaching classes in Sedona that have focused on applying NDE truths in our personal lives, I’ve finally created a chart that illustrates the key aspects of The Formula. Here it is… (Version 2.1 is now available!)

Fox & Friends: To Heaven & Back

Fox & Friends: To Heaven & Back

Jun 28

This week, Fox and Friends reported on five people who say that they went to heaven during a near-death experience…

Scientologists Asked Google To Censor Bad Press

Scientologists Asked Google To Censor Bad Press

Jun 28

A former top level Scientologist turned whistleblower, Geir Isene, has revealed that leaders met with Google’s Sergey Brin and asked him if it were possible for the search giant to filter results so that only positive information about the church would be returned on the word ‘Scientology’…

Movie: ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

Movie: ‘Oranges and Sunshine’

Jun 14

How could more than 130,000 children be shipped from Britain to Australia and other Commonwealth countries, often without their parents’ knowledge, and the world not know about it? This was the question British social worker Margaret Humphreys began to ask in 1986, when an Australian woman arrived unannounced at her workplace and asked for help in finding her lost family…

Near-Death Experiences: Heavenly Stories Are Popular, Except In Church

Near-Death Experiences: Heavenly Stories Are Popular, Except In Church

Jun 12

This article examines many of today’s most well-known near-death experiencers, authors, and researchers, including Dr. Eben Alexander, Raymond Moody, Dr. George Ritchie, Reverend John Price, and Colton Burpo. One of the core points it makes is this: Many pastors don’t want to touch the subject because it’s too dangerous. Rob Bell, one of the nation’s most popular evangelical pastors, ignited a firestorm two years ago when he challenged the teaching that only Christians go to heaven. The book angered many members of Bell’s church as well as many in the evangelical establishment. He subsequently resigned…

Joseph Smith, Mormons, and Mormonism (Updated)

Joseph Smith, Mormons, and Mormonism (Updated)

Jun 06

NHNE Pulse on Joseph Smith, Mormons, and Mormonism…

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Richard Packham: ‘Why I Left the Mormon Church’

Jun 06

In the years since leaving the church I have never regretted my decision for a moment (other than the fact that it caused me to lose my wife and children). Subsequent study has given me a hundred times as much damning information about the church and its history as I had at the time of my original decision to leave it. Many Mormon friends and family members have tried to convince me that I made a mistake, but when I insist that they also listen to what I have to say about my reasons for believing the church to be false, they soon abandon the attempt, even though I assure them that my mind is open to any evidence or reasoning I may have overlooked. They are convinced that I apostatized because of sin, lack of faith, stubbornness, pride, hurt feelings, lack of knowledge or understanding, depravity, desire to do evil or live a life of debauchery. None of those reasons is correct. I left for one reason, and one reason only: the Mormon church is not led by God, and it never has been. It is a religion of 100% human origin…

05/07/13 NDE Class Notes (Includes The History of “The Formula”)

05/07/13 NDE Class Notes (Includes The History of “The Formula”)

Jun 05

The NDE classes in Sedona are continuing to produce lots of great content. Here are the class notes from our May 7th meeting. Among other things, this update includes provocative information from Dr. Jeffrey Long, author of “Evidence for the Afterlife,” that offers increasing evidence for the existence of a personal God. This update also includes an important overview concerning how “The Formula for Creating Heaven on Earth” came to be…

Belief In Biblical End-Times Stifling Climate Change Action In U.S.

Belief In Biblical End-Times Stifling Climate Change Action In U.S.

May 10

The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe in biblical end-times…

New Book: ‘ The Essence of Religions’

New Book: ‘ The Essence of Religions’

Apr 11

The author of The Essence of Religions, Christophor Coppes, compares near-death experiences to the five major world religions. Coppes gives a compelling argument that many characteristics of these religions’ view of the afterlife are analogous to the life-changing visions reported by those who have undergone an NDE. But he concludes that although the essence of these beliefs of the major religions can be found in NDEs, not all of the positive elements of an NDE experience can necessarily be found in the religions. The Essence of Religions examines the major world religions with an eye to their positive aspects as well as their contradictions and fixations…

Must Watch: ‘Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet’

Must Watch: ‘Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet’

Apr 06

Growing up in New Jersey, Vikram Gandhi was a typical American kid who resented the way his family tried to enforce Hindu beliefs and practices. He found it ironic that Americans began to popularize gurus and yoga just at the time he was growing away from such things. On a trip to India, he says, he found that “real” gurus were no more real than the American frauds who copied them.

That led him into the deliberate deception that he filmed in “Kumare.” He grew a long beard and a pony-tail, exchanged his shoes for sandals, switched his slacks and suits to flowing orange robes, and started carrying an ornate walking stick. Then he moved to Arizona, hired an expert to teach him yoga and a PR woman to promote him as a guru, and began to attract followers in meetings at shopping malls, community centers and around the swimming pools of his affluent clients. His accent was modeled on the way his grandmother spoke English. His teachings were deliberate gibberish: talk of inner blue lights, “finding the guru within,” and chants of fabricated mantras.

Concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, Kumare forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram, the filmmaker, is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity, Kumare unveils his true identity to a core group of disciples who are knee-deep in personal transformation…

Derren Brown Documentary: ‘Miracles For Sale’ (Updated)

Derren Brown Documentary: ‘Miracles For Sale’ (Updated)

Apr 06

Derren Brown teaches an ordinary British citizen how to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker. After six months of learning the trade, “Pastor James Collins” sets sail for America. With a camera crew documenting all aspects of the adventure, Paster James performs faith healing miracles live in Texas…

1972 Best Documentary: ‘Marjoe’ (Updated)

1972 Best Documentary: ‘Marjoe’ (Updated)

Apr 06

This post includes the 1972 Oscar winning film, Marjoe. Marjoe Gortner was the first Evangelical preacher to blow the whistle on his profession. In this award-winning documentary Marjoe reveals age-old tricks of the trade and exposed some of the entertainment aspects of the popular movement that have made it big business… From the beginning, his preaching skills were meticulously cultivated. Before he learned to say “Mamma” or “Poppa,” he was taught to sing “Hallelujah!” When he was nine months old his mother taught him the right way to shout “Glory!” into the microphone. At three, he could preach the gospel from memory, and he received drama coaching and instruction in every performing art from saxophone playing to baton twirling. On Halloween, 1948, at the age of four, Marjoe was officially ordained and thrust into a wildly successful career as the Shirley Temple of America’s Bible Belt, the sprawling non-geographic community of strict adherents to the Christian scriptures. In the following decade he preached to packed tents and houses coast to coast, as enthusiastic audiences flocked to see the Miracle Child who allegedly received sermons from the Lord in his sleep…

Dr. Eben Alexander: The Easter Question

Dr. Eben Alexander: The Easter Question

Mar 31

Dr. Eben Alexander writes:

“More than ever since my near death experience, I consider myself a Christian — though one who knows that God loves all of His children, including those whose faith is expressed in traditions different from my own… Any pastor will tell you that the single concept that separates the wheat (that is, the real believers) from the chaff (those who are Christians only in name), is whether a person accepts that what Christian tradition says happened on Easter Morning really happened. The entire force of the Christian message can be pushed into that moment when the rock of the cave rolled aside and Jesus — the same and yet not the same Jesus whom his mother had watched die on the cross just two days before — stepped out once more into common daylight. That he had, in fact, overcome death.

“Now, I can tell you that if someone had asked me, in the days before my NDE, what I thought of this story, I would have said that it was lovely. But it remained just that — a story. To say that the physical body of a man who had been brutally tortured and killed could simply get up and return to the world a few days later is to contradict every fact we know about the universe. It wasn’t simply an unscientific idea. It was a downright anti-scientific one.

“But it is an idea that I now believe. Not in a lip-service way. Not in a dress-up-it’s-Easter kind of way. I believe it with all my heart, and all my soul…”

Germany’s Great Church Sell-Off

Germany’s Great Church Sell-Off

Feb 15

Dwindling church attendance and dire financial straits are forcing the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Germany to sell off church buildings en masse. Some are demolished, while others are turned into restaurants or indoor rock climbing centers…

Why Seventh-Day Adventists Live Longer, Happier, Healthier Lives

Why Seventh-Day Adventists Live Longer, Happier, Healthier Lives

Feb 04

In one idyllic community in southern California, Adventists live 4 to 7 years longer — and more healthily and happily — than the rest of the country. A look at their diet, lifestyle, and philosophy…

The Rise of ‘Nones’ (People Who Don’t Identify With Any Religion)

The Rise of ‘Nones’ (People Who Don’t Identify With Any Religion)

Jan 14

In October, the Pew Research Center released a study, ‘Nones’ on the Rise, that takes a closer look at the 46 million people who answered none to the religion question in 2012. According to Pew, one-fifth of American adults have no religious affiliation, a trend that has for years been on the rise…

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

David Sunfellow: ‘How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World’ (Updated)

Jan 04

On January 27th and March 16th of 2012, David Sunfellow gave two talks in Sedona entitled “How Near-Death Experiences Are Changing The World”. The following two-hour, two-part video is a summary of the information that David shared during these presentations…

12/18/12 Sedona NDE Class Notes

12/18/12 Sedona NDE Class Notes

Dec 30

This update includes information about how the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings is probably viewed from the other side, comments from class members about this horrific event, news about the 20th anniversary of the publication of Betty Eadie’s book, “Embraced by the Light”, news about NDEr Barbara Whitfield’s new book “Another F*king Growth Experience”, and a calendar listing all the classes that will take place in January…

Movie Worth Seeing: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’

Movie Worth Seeing: ‘Jodhaa Akbar’

Dec 19

If you are looking for an interesting movie, with a beautiful message, take this one for a spin. It’s long, but worth it. One Amazon viewer writes: “It is a beautiful story about a wise leader who bucks tradition and chooses compassion over bloodshed, openness and acceptance over intolerance. It is also a wonderful love story.”

Mayan Apocalypse: Panic Spreads As December 21 Nears

Mayan Apocalypse: Panic Spreads As December 21 Nears

Dec 14

Thanks to the Mayan calendar (or a misunderstanding of the Mayan calendar), fears that the end of the world is nigh have spread across the world. Read all about it (and previous doomsday predictions that failed) here. Updated to include NASA video and website on 2012 predictions…

Mary Breastfeeding Jesus: Christmas’ Missing Icon

Mary Breastfeeding Jesus: Christmas’ Missing Icon

Dec 12

With all the familiar scenes associated with the holy family today — creches and church pageants, postage stamps and holiday cards — we are missing an obvious element of the mother-child connection that modern Christians are apparently happy to do without: a breast-feeding infant. Jesus certainly wasn’t a bottle baby. So what happened to Mary’s breasts? It’s a centuries-old story, but one that has a relatively brief answer: namely, the rise of the printing press in 15th-century Europe…

Using Psychotropic Drugs On An Integral Spiritual Path

Using Psychotropic Drugs On An Integral Spiritual Path

Nov 18

Pulse Resource Page on using Ayahuasca and other psychotropic drugs on an integral path…

Quick List of Prominent Near-Death Experiencers (Updated)

Quick List of Prominent Near-Death Experiencers (Updated)

Nov 06

A quick list of prominent near-death experiencers, including links to their websites, Facebook & Google+ pages, Twitter feeds, and related resources…