The book is the personal encounter and testimony of Dr. Eben Alexander, a neuro-surgeon who had a near-death experience (NDE) while in a coma for 7 days due to a severe bacterial infection caused by meningitis.
He describes his personal history before and after the coma and explains in length his experiences in the other spiritual world. This vast happening took him into realms which humans can only experience after they pass from this world, but he was told by his celestial guide that he would learn a lot but that he would return to his life on earth. The condensed message is:
· You are loved and cherished more than you will ever know
· You have nothing to fear
· You can’t do anything wrong
One insight which Dr. Alexander perceived was that the purpose of evil exists for man to exercise his free will. Even though, it seems a common Christian idea taken from the Bible, I don’t agree with it.
“The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.”~ Proverbs 16:4
Some people do believe that God created evil, and it is part of the dualities like up and down, left and right, and positive and negative. Since God is only good, He could not create evil. God can only create what is in HIM. God cannot relate or change evil. That is one reason why He cannot change the evil ways of man. People often asked, “why isn’t God doing anything about wars, or why did this disaster happened, or why is the weather so strange?” God created laws and principles which rule the universe and He gave man free will to become the Lord over creation. He also gave us an additional commandment which we were to obey until we became mature enough to rule the universe.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”~ Genesis 2:15-17
Is says that in the Garden of Eden, there were two trees, one was the Tree of Life representing Adam, and then there was another tree, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, representing Eve. Unfortunately, Eve made a bad choice by disobeying the commandment: do not eat of this tree unless you shall die. For whatever reason, a similar story has appeared in many religions and cultures around the world. Through the revelation given to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, we learn that Lucifer, the angel of light and truth who was to help and serve Adam and Eve while they were immature, misguided Eve and lied to her.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
“The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”~ Genesis 3:1-7
Because of this disobedience and betrayal the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil represented by Eve brought evil into the world and murder was committed within the first human family.
Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.~ Gen 4:8
In that way Dr. Eben Alexander became a modern day prophet, revealing many deep secrets of the unseen universe.