|Howard Storm's painting of the Cross. He 'died' as an atheist, and went back from Hell a renewed person and a Christian.|
Before his near-death experience, Howard Storm at www.howardstorm.com was a Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University, and was not a very pleasant man by his own admission. He was an avowed atheist and was hostile to every form of religion and those who practiced it. He often would use rage to control everyone around him and he didn’t find joy in anything. Anything that wasn’t seen, touched or felt, he had no faith in. He knew with certainty that the material world was the full extent of everything that was. He considered all belief systems associated with religion to be fantasies for people to deceive themselves with. Beyond what science said, there was nothing else. But then on June 1, 1985, at the age of 38, Howard Storm had a near-death experience due to a perforation of the stomach and his life was since forever changed. His near-death experience is one of the most profound, if not the most profound, afterlife experience I have ever documented. His life was so immensely changed after his near-death experience, he resigned as a professor and devoted his time attending the United Theological Seminary to become a United Church of Christ minister. Today, Howard Storm is presently happily married to his wife Marcia and is Pastor of the Covington United Church of Christ in Covington, Ohio. - by Kevin Williams (Please read his astounding, awe-inspiring story here.)
"Asking them how it would be possible to change the course of many people, I observed that it was difficult, if not impossible, to change anything on Earth. I expressed the opinion that it was a hopeless task to try.My friends (the angels) explained, quite clearly, that all it takes to make a change was one person. One person, trying, and then because of that, another person changing for the better.
They said that the only way to change the world was to begin with one person. One will become two, which will become three, and so on. That's the only way to affect a major change.
I inquired as to where the world would be going in an optimistic, future one where some of the changes they desired were to take place. The image of the future that they gave me then, and it was their image, not one that I created, surprised me. My image had previously been sort of like Star Wars, where everything was space age, plastics, and technology.
|Howard's vision of the future is NOT what is going to happen.|
The future that they showed me was almost no technology at all. What everybody, absolutely everybody, in this euphoric future spent most of their time doing was raising children. The chief concern of people was children, and everybody considered children to be the most precious commodity in the world."
| Howard Storm painting |
In the future, the most precious 'commodity' will be children and people will live in a very natural setting.
“When He [Jesus] told me that I had to come back to the world and I was trying to convince him not to send me back…, I asked Him what would I do if I came back… Before He had a chance to answer, I said, 'You know I am an artist and I would like to build a shrine for You… I would make this shrine so big and beautiful and bizarre that people would come from all over the world out of curiosity to see what it was about. And what they would find was it would be about You. And that would make them think about You. That’s what I would like to do if I came back'.
Howard Storm's painting of Jesus
He said, "I would rather you didn’t do that".
And I said, "WHAT?!! People have been building shrines to You forever. There are lots of shrines. Why can’t I build a shrine? I would like to build a shrine."
He said "You spent so much of your life hiding out in the studio, avoiding people, I would prefer it if you didn’t avoid people by building this big shrine… I don’t really care about shrines. People like to build shrines. I understand that. It makes them feel good. It does absolutely nothing for me or for God. We don’t have any use for them whatsoever. If that’s what amuses you, I guess that’s what you gotta do. But don’t do it for me. Don’t deceive yourself into thinking it’s something I want or need, because I don’t".
I’m like, "OK, You shot down my idea, what’s Your idea of what would I do"?
And I said, "OK, great, I’ll do that. No problem. What do You want me to do"?
He said, "I just told you what I want you to do: Love the person that you’re with".
And I said, "Yeah, but after I do that, what do You really want me to do"?
“No, that is what I want you to do: Love the person that you’re with".
I said well, that’s simple enough, that’s easy, I can do that.
And he said, "Oh really. Well, that’s what I want you to do. That’s enough".
He said, "If you do that, you’ll change the world".
And I said, "Oh, You want me to change the world"?!
"Exactly, that’s why I put you in the world in the first place: to change the world... The way that I want you to change the world is by loving the person you are with".
“Wait a minute, that’s a contradiction. You want me to change the world but You just want me to love the person I’m with?
“Yes, that’s the plan; that’s The Big Plan…If you love the person that you’re with, then they will go out and love the person that they’re with, and they will go out and love the person they’re with and it will be like a chain reaction and love will conquer the world and everyone will love one another. That’s God’s Big Plan."
|With his second wife, Marcia, together they serve God's Kingdom. |
His first wife, an atheist, left him after he emerged a (new) believer
of God, following his spiritual experience with the Divine.
My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the LORD, have spoken! "I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.
Titus 2:4-5 part
How wonderful to know a future wherein the people's major assets are children!!! :) In these modern
| Howard Storm painting|
Jesus died for ALL of us, not just one denomination or race.
I was blessed by this atheist-turned-Christian pastor's testimony. I pray that we do not wait for us to be near death before we realize that there really is a God, a very loving God Who is just there waiting for us to believe in Him and to love Him. Whether we believe it or not, God loves us. Whether we accept it or not, Jesus had already died for us. We are all God's Children. I pray that we respond to our Heavenly Father's call to accept His Son NOW. Not tomorrow, not when we get old and wrinkled, not when we are nearing death... but N-O-W.
|Howard Storm's portrayal of the Holy Trinity|
Scripture says, "If you hear God speak today, don't be stubborn.
Don't be stubborn like those who rebelled."
(Peacefulwife Philippines note: Beginning with our husbands! :)
May we all be richly blessed! :)
P.S. I write this while the ongoing monstrosity is happening at Iraq. Join me in prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters being persecuted and killed by the ISIS. Let's pray too that the Lord will turn their persecutors' hardened hearts into hearts of flesh. Lord, nothing is impossible with you o Lord. Have mercy on us. We pray for Peace. Amen.