At a church in New York City, Morgan Freeman interviewed David Bennett, a once boastful and ego-driven commercial diver who says that, in 1983, he drowned off the coast of San Diego; crossed over to the other side, where he was surrounded by “fractals of light”; and ultimately was given a second chance at life.
Bennett shared with Freeman how his near-death experience changed nearly every aspect of his life.
“I became a more positive person,” said Bennett, “I possess more compassion, I’m more selfless than before — in many ways, death taught me how to live.”
In the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God With Morgan Freeman, the actor explores the religious complexities of death, resurrection and what Freeman calls “one of humanity’s biggest curiosities — what happens when we die.”
In the series, Freeman travelled to locations all over the world, including Rome, Cairo, Jerusalem and Mexico City, seeking to uncover the world’s divine mysteries, myths and beliefs surrounding the topics of death, resurrection and the afterlife.
“We all desire to know what happens after we die,” said Freeman. “It’s the mystery that eludes us all and yet, once we know the truth, most of us never get to tell anybody. That’s what makes David’s story, and others like him, so fascinating.”
“People have been wondering about these things since the beginning. Death is scary, which is why so many of us want to believe it’s not the end.”
The Story Of God With Morgan Freeman starts Wednesday April 6 at 9.30pm AEST on National Geographic Channel