One thing is for certain, as humans, we ALL have one thing in common. We will ALL eventually pass away from this earth. Death is a certainty for every human being. It is the human cycle. It is part of God's plan for each of us.
I would venture to go out on a limb and bet that each one of us has given at least a passing thought to what will really happen when we die. I know that I certainly have. Not so much as a teenager or even into my early and mid twenties. The maturity and life circumstances just wasn't there to fully grasp the magnitude and finality of death. But as I grew and saw the evolution of life, by witnessing those that I know and love age, I gave more than just a passing thought to what will really happen when our eyes close for the last time.
To be completely honest, it scared me! I don't know that I had enough spiritual understanding in my twenties or early thirties to believe in my heart that the "other side" wasn't just a dark, void-less pit of nothing. It was this thought of dark and nothingness that made me fear death. There was a time that I truly feared dying and feared losing those I love one day. The fear emerged through thinking that they would be lonely or scared or alone.
The reality is this is not what happens. The lessons I have been taught the past six years through the first hand account of my own little boy has allowed me to come to a peace in my heart at the thought of losing those closest to me. This is especially endearing now that I have a sick father and face the thought of losing him in the future.
As Matthew has described to us, when we die, it is nothing but pure beauty and love. Think about the word love for just a second.........................................................................Let it really soak in. What does the word love conjure for you? It should be a happy feeling. Here are some synonyms for the word love:
1. tenderness, fondness, predilection, warmth, passion, adoration. 1, 2. Love, affection, devotion all mean a deep and enduring emotional regard, usually for another person. Love may apply to various kinds of regard: the charity of the Creator, reverent adoration toward God or toward a person, the relation of parent and child, the regard of friends for each other, romantic feelings for another person, etc.
Understanding that Matthew saw something with the eyes and innocence of a child, that allowed him to freely express his full vision, gives us knowledge of the afterlife. He has described it as somewhere that he didn't want to return from. His visit was not to an overtly exaggerated placed filled with mystical beings, but rather just a space filled with the brightest white imaginable and he was surrounded by love. A feeling that gave him comfort and let him know he was protected.
He has seen something that very, very few people have been fortunate enough to see and be able to share. To those that have had this gift, their life's purpose usually shines clearer to them. Their understanding and ability to live a life of purpose is a positive step. It is my personal opinion that the innocent eyes of the children are able to see and experience on a different level than adults when they are able to walk the edge of the threshold of heaven. Their lives have not been tainted yet by society's views and opinions of what can and can't be true.
Who is to say it does not exist? One thing remains certain, we will all find out one day, because God will call each of us home.