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Summary: With the bold promises of science and technology will we still believe that Jesus Christ alone holds the power of resurrection.

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The Deep Freeze and the Quick Thaw

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:25-26

Do you believe in Jesus’ resurrection power?

There are many folks who don’t, so they’ve taken their own resurrections in to their own hands.

This news article recently appeared on the ABC News website:

The Deep Freeze

Freezing the Dead With the Hope of Reviving Them Later

C L I N T O N T O W N S H I P, Mich., Feb. 8 — Instead of racing toward the emergency room, sirens blaring, a special type of ambulance transports patients away from hospitals. In fact, in this ambulance the “patient” is already dead.

The urgency is to limit the damage dying does to the brain and the body so that someone, someday, can reverse it.

Ninety people in America have been frozen, hoping to be brought back to life when medicine can cure them.

At least half of the new cases have been frozen in the past three years. To the handful of companies that charge $28,000 or more to freeze the bodies, these cadavers are optimistically called "patients."

The Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township currently has 37 people, 10 cats and six dogs frozen in its facility. Its most recent patient came in three days before ABCNEWS’ interview with David Ettinger, whose father, Robert, founded the Cryonics Institute.

The elder Ettinger began researching life-extending possibilities when he had a brush with his own mortality as a soldier in World War II. He eventually came to believe in the future of cryonics, and opened the Cryonics Institute in 1976. The institute froze its first person in 1977.

The newest patient was — or is — a 90-year-old woman who suffered a heart attack and is now inside a box cooling to negative 40 degrees with the help of ice and chemicals injected to minimize damage.

After a week, she’ll be moved into another chamber and cooled with liquid nitrogen to negative 320-Fahrenheit degrees. A week later, she’ll join others inside sealed vacuum chambers.

There are currently several facilities in the United States that will freeze people after they die. Starting at $28,000 plus any additional transportation costs, the Cryonics Institute is the least expensive of the bunch.

Interested parties must first pay $1,250 to become a lifetime member of the Cryonics Institute, and they then sign a detailed contract. After death, the following steps are taken:

1. The person should be cooled as soon as possible after they are legally pronounced dead. The hospital or funeral director packs the body in ice and sends it to the Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township, Mich.

2. At the institute, a process called "wash out and perfusion" is performed. In this five-step procedure the blood is replaced with a glycerin-based solution that helps minimize the freezing damage.

3. The body is placed in a sleeping bag, and then in an insulated box made of wood on the outside and fiberglass on the inside for one week. Dry ice is placed on a fabric platform above the box, and the cold vapors descend upon and cool the body. The amount of dry ice is increased each day until the body reaches minus-40 degrees Fahrenheit.


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