Hey Edi and Nick! I really love the podcast and I listen to it as I fall asleep at night. Thank you for doing what you do! I have been wanting to share this experience with you in hopes that there might be other people who may have had similar experiences.
Back in 2006 I had one of the scariest experiences of my life. I was having a dispute with two of my cousins about heaven and hell and how I believed that hell and all its things that came with it, including the devil, was fake. I believed that all of it were made up by man to defer people from doing wrong or evil things. I truly believed the devil was a made up boogeyman.
That evening my cousin and his girlfriend had phoned her uncle, who was a pastor at a church, to have him answer my questions and convince me otherwise. As we spoke, I told him how I believed it was a hoax. And that I believed there was only a heaven waiting for us. I asked him if it was a sin to not believe in the devil or what consequences there might be for a person who doesn't believe. The only thing I do remember from that conversation was him telling me that I need to be careful. That me not believing he was real was one of the devil’s tricks. I thought it was still a bunch of crap and continued my evening.
When I went to bed that night, I had a horrible dream. It started out at home with me calling my friends to hang out. We drove to a nearby beach to go night swimming. But we ended up hitting a person in the road right before we arrived. When we got out of the car we saw that the girl was dead. We all freaked out. The feeling I had was so gut wrenching, it felt like it was real. I heard police sirens in the distance that grew louder and louder. It made my heart race. I didn't know what to do. When the police arrived, they handcuffed me and told me I was going to jail for a long time. I cried. As I sat in the back of the cop car, I looked out the window as we drove off. I just remember having the feeling like I was going somewhere dark and never coming back. Like I was never going to see anyone again.
I immediately woke up, heart pounding, crying as if my life was over. I was so freaked out, I woke up my cousin and his girlfriend to ask them to pray with me. I swear on the Bible, as soon as we said "Amen", the dishes in my kitchen made a sound like something knocked it over in a rush to leave. I had the hardest time going back to bed.
Since then, I will never doubt the existence of evil.