Richard previously described himself as someone who does not believe in religion, and had doubts about God’s existence, but a meeting with God during what he can only describe as an out-of-body experience, on August 16, 2005, changed everything.
In 2011, a video interview of him narrating his life-changing encounter with God surfaced and went viral. In 2019, this video is still being widely watched because of its strong message of being lost and found and the power of love and forgiveness in a God Whom rather sadly many choose to deny His existence.
“I had never been what I would call ‘religious,’” Richard said in opening his testimony. “I’ve always believed that there was a god and I believed that there was a Jesus, but I’ve had doubts. I’ve been a doubter before.”
“I’m no longer that,” he added, before detailing the miraculous near-death experience that brought him to his knees and closer to God than ever before.
Though Richard was told by doctors he’d have a 50/50 chance of coming out of the emergency surgery that had to be done after his aneurysm, he later discovered he only had a 10 percent chance of survival.
Well, Richard was in that fortunate 10-percent, and now lives to tell the tale of what it really feels like to be wrapped in the arms of the Almighty God after he flatlined dead for a whole hour-and-a-half.
God asked Richard if he had any questions for Him, and the only thing that came to the now 72-year-old after much contemplation was “What is the meaning of life?”
Richard ended up getting his answer in the most unexpected way, and his awe-inspiring testimony is sure to bring you to tears along with him.