A few years ago, a professor friend told me the story of her departed husband. They were both professors and when he developed a terminal illness. They agreed to an experiment.
They were both very religious and believed firmly in the afterlife. Being academics, they were also curious about learning if it could be verified.
They agreed on a sign or signal she would receive from him after he died. They were quite certain it would be possible to send such a signal according to what their church taught about the afterlife. She did not tell me the signal.
After he died, she waited a couple of years, which was about when she told me of this. Nothing. She concluded, quite logically, there either is no afterlife or it does not provide the ability to reveal itself. She was more skeptical of the afterlife.
I’ve since wondered about verification of the afterlife. Recently, Pat Robertson proclaimed confidently he is going to heaven when he dies. Would he also be willing to place a wager on the verification of this claim?
For example, would be be willing to wager he will have an afterlife and will be able to verify it? Suppose Warren Buffet offered him a double or nothing proposition. Robertson wills his fortune to Buffet, but if Buffet can verify Robertson has life after death, Buffet will double Robertson’s fortune and give it back to Robertson’s heirs.
Would Robertson, or any other Christian, take up such an offer?