Stefan Lampe, a Catholic priest in Germany talks about how the seconds during a car accident had lasting effects on his faith.
Some additional information about this interview by Werner Huemer:
Near-death experiences always touch upon religious concepts as well. That is why I found the interview with Stefan Lampe even more important.
In his interview, he talks about his experience and how it changed him. This was also the purpose of this interview. He is a good example of how people, who are deeply rooted in their faith, can also have similar experiences as people who are not religious. In this interview, I did not ask further questions concerning the Christian faith. Maybe this would have been necessary for some viewers. Thus, I would like to quote the following text taken from my correspondence with Stefan Lampe as an addition to the interview:
“Where does my experience leave room for Jesus Christ? This question was not part of the aims of this interview. However, since people have asked about it a few hundred times, I am happy to add my ‘stammering’. The experience that I recalled as an ‘addition of the self’ led into a room that was not only about the self but also about unconditional love. I could also say a room about the ‘you’, of ‘acceptance’, ‘of being recognised’, a feeling of ‘I am at home here’ that went as far as to the unsettling notion that ‘I’d always been here’. This ‘self’ that went far beyond the ‘YOU’ was clearly personal. I wasn’t located in a ‘heaven of the self’ but in the presence of an incredible friendship. To me, this had a name, namely Jesus Christ.
However, it was a Jesus Christ that went lovingly beyond the church, the bible and denominational ways of thinking. It was a Jesus Christ that included all people. At the time, more than twenty years ago, I wasn’t really immediately aware of that. However, when I read the letter of the Colossians today, where it says, ‘In him all things hold together’, I am back in thoughts at this ‘non-place’ I experienced at the time. I may be forgiven that I can’t find answers for myself regarding theological questions that can be asked in this context. Let’s stay excited and wonder.’ – Stefan Lampe
Interviewer: Werner Huemer
Director: Heike Sucky
Translation: Katrin Salhenegger-Niamir
Voice-over: Aryan Salhenegger-Niamir, Werner Huemer
Editor: Werner Huemer
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