Priest says he went to 'hell' after a near-death experience; now netizens can't stop talking about his story
This one is right out of Constantine. But with a twist of mainstream pop.
A Michigan-based priest has gone massively viral after claiming in a series of videos that he died and went to hell. Details of his 'visit' have now become a huge subject of discussion for netizens across social media platforms.
Priest Gerald Johnson said he suffered a heart attack in 2016 and found himself in 'hell'. To narrate his Near-death experience (NDE) and convey the specifics of his journey to the 'other side', the took to TikTok.
According to Johnson, his spirit instantaneously departed his physical body after the heart attack in February 2016.
“My spirit left my physical body. thought I was going upward because I thought that I had done so much good in this lifetime and helped so many people, and made so many decisions that were Godly decisions. But as opposed to me going up, I went down. I went literally into the centre of the Earth. That’s where Hell is," he said in one TikTok video.
He went on to say that his horrifying NDE taught him to forgive people instead of waiting for them to pay for their wrongdoing.
"I thought I was going upward because I thought I had done so much good in this lifetime trying to help so many people and made so many decisions that were godly decisions, but as opposed to me going up, I went down," he says in an interview, which is now available on TikTok and YouTube.
Johnson also described the things he saw during his NDE.
"The things that I saw were indescribable and it makes me emotional every time I talk about it," he said.
He described seeing a man 'walking on all fours like a dog and getting burned from head to toe'.
That's not all of it. Johnson said he heard songs like Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" playing.
"I knew on earth that a lot of the music and the lyrics and the songs are inspired by demons. Demons give [artists] lyrics for the purpose of controlling people on the earth," he added.
Netizens have been reacting to the clips in various ways. Some wrote they were very touched by Johnson's testimony and his understanding of forgiveness. However, many said he created the whole episode in his head.
For obvious reasons, many drew comparisons with the 2005 Constantine, where the protagonist with the same name (played by Keanu Reeves) visited hell in order to get some information about a dead woman.
Near-death experience (NDE)
A near-death experience (NDE) is a profound personal experience associated with death or impending death that researchers claim share similar characteristics.
Such experiences, when positive, can encompass a variety of sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, and total serenity.
But when negative, it may include sensations of anguish, distress, a void, devastation, and vast emptiness. Much like what Johnson said he experienced.
Explanations for NDEs are not definite because they vary from scientific to religious. However, researchers have identified some common elements that define near-death experiences.