No, but then again no one has seen hell either!
Not completely true, in a state of near death, a serbian named Dusan was guided arounded Heaven by an the Angel Gabriel who showed him the purity of heaven and the happiness they show and the light was far more beautiful and brighter than that of earth, something unimagenable. tHE ANGEL TOLD dUSAN HE MUST REPENT TO GET TO HEAVen as all of us must. Supposedly a true story.
No. Since the concept of heaven first arose, no one has ever seen heaven.
Some believe that what are known as 'near-death experiences' are actual visions of heaven, but the clear evidence is that this is not so. Paul Kurtz points out, in Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? that not everyone who is dying reports near-death experiences, but many people who are not dying report having them. He says:
- Some have said that the falls or accident where a person thinks he is about to die, but survives, can cause analogous out-of-body experiences and panoramic reviews.
- Sleep paralysis and hypopompic and hypnagogic dream states are factors in common out-of-body experiences.
- Conditions such as low blood sugar, oxygen deprivation, reduced blood flow, temporal-lobe epilepsy can lead to an altered state of consciousness.
For Kurtz, the most common factor is the belief that one is dying.
The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" church) was organized in 1830 by Joseph Smith. The Mormons later moved to the Midwest, where they often made their neighbors uncomfortable. Their dogma and rhetoric threatened many of their neighbors, and the Mormons found themselves unwelcome in places like Independence, MO and Nauvoo, IL. Smith was assassinated by some bigoted people, and the Mormons left Nauvoo and moved to Utah where they hoped for religious freedom.
Other contributors have added:
The above is true but failed to adequately convey the extent of the persecution the Mormons endured. They were mobbed, murdered, chased out of cities, etc. There were actually official government extermination orders in some areas, making it lawful to chase Mormons out of the city. The New York Times article cited below provides a very good synopsis. It was written by the estimable Noah Feldman, who is a law professor at Harvard University and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He writes frequently on religion and public life.
Joseph Smith was a prophet and was called to restore the gospel on earth. He converted many people into the church. Thousands of people were converted. Now days, there are millions and millions of people that are Mormons.
A Catalyst provides an alternate and less complicated pathway or route for reactants to form products in a reaction. An effect of a catalyst is the speeding up or slowing down of the rate of a chemical reaction.
It should not be confused with Promoter, which increases the efficiency of a catalyst.
According to the forefathers of the United States, church and state should be separated because of the influence of the Church of England on the King and parliament. The founding fathers felt that politics and government should be separate from religion in America, as the country welcomed people of all religions. It would be unfair to people from other religions if one religion (say, Christianity in one of its forms) was the official state religion and the laws of the country were based on principles that residents and citizens may not believe in under their religion of choice. ==new answer== Many become confused and think that to separate church and state is to separate God and people, who are the state. Us. Let us hope that this confusion does not reach to a majority. Rather than think in terms or right and wrong, it will benefit all by thinking rather in terms of what is productive and what is not productive.
I would suggest that you get in contact with the Bible School that's affiliated with your particular denomination. There is a Master of Divinity Program, where several people attend four years of college (major in religion/philosphy) and then continue on the graduale level for another three years. However, there are Bible Colleges that specifically train preachers emphasizing their denominational beliefs. Most preachers must know the Old and New Testament - meaning they must have a strong understanding of the Hebrew, Aramaic, & Greek. These are the three original languages of the Bible. Most preachers take classes in sermon preparation, too.