According to reports by many people who have had a near death experience, dying led them into a tunnel of light and eventually to heaven where they met their loved ones. Either that or they wound up in some version of love and light where they felt nothing but love.
But how about the flip side of the coin? Is there a hell where some souls reside upon the death of their physical bodies? One scientist believed that they do.
Dr. Maurice S. Rawlings, (1922-2010) who was a medical scientist, professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee, and director for Aventis and ZLB Bio-Science Laboratories, claimed he saw several patients thrown into hell. He even documented the incidents using a scientific method.
A self-professed atheist, he also taught for the American Heart Association. However, his views radically changed when he “personally experience patients whose souls were snatched away” and thrown into hell.
In his book To Hell and Back he noted, “I was watching a monitor to guide a pacemaker into my patient's heart when it happened...his heart stopped.”
According to the patient, he “blacked out” just before Dr. Rawlings hit him on his chest.
“Somebody was yelling. Something crashed over my left shoulder; everybody went crazy. And then I was out of it.”
He found himself floating in blackness. He could feel the wind as he rushed toward “this beautiful blazing light.” But he did not go toward it. Instead, he moved beyond it and saw “a huge lake of fire was burning like an oil spill.”
He said that was when the demons showed up. He could see “elongated shadows” of people who were “moving aimlessly about like animals in a zoo enclosure.”
The patient added that he sawn an old friend who had been dragged dead from a river. He called out to him but the man did not respond.
“The demons were taking him around the corner when he started screaming,” he said adding that they “dragged him into the pit of hell.” Frightened, the patient ran but could not find a way out. Then suddenly, he was back in his body and his heart had restarted.
According to Dr. Rawlings, the man had been “clinically dead” for a few minutes. The doctor also recounts the tale of another patient who was “guided” to hell… a place of punishment.
The patient noted, “The darkness of Hell is so intense that it seems to have a pressure per square inch. It is an extremely black, dismal, desolate, pressurized, heavy, type of darkness. It gives the individual a despondent feeling of loneliness. The heat is a dry, dehydrating type. Your eyeballs are so dry they feel like red-hot coals in their sockets. Your tongue and lips are parched and cracked with intense heat... The loneliness of Hell cannot be expressed.”
According to many faiths, people who have injured others in some way or who have committed suicide are destined to spend eternity in hell. A very select few have lived stellar lives but it is difficult to comprehend that hell could become a reality for some people. Either hell is for the worst of the worst or many people could conceivably end up there. Let's hope the former is the case.
Dr. Rawlings was also former president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s and the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s physician including WWII generals such as George S. Patton.