London, June 12 : Now you might be able to send messages to your loved ones even after your death, thanks to a new website that allows people who expect to be transported to Heaven to leave messages for those left behind.
Youvebeenleftbehind.com may allow Christians to converse with non-believing friends and relatives via emails, even after they have died. The service enables subscribers to store emails and documents that will be sent to almost 63 email addresses, six days after the sender and fellow believers have gone to Heaven. In fact, many of the messages can have encrypted information like bank account details and electronic passwords. Otherwise, one can also store messages containing spiritual content, like Biblical passages intended to bring loved ones "to Christ and snatch them from the flames".
Created by Mark Heard, a 49-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Youvebeenleftbehind.com has its origin in the belief, called Rapture- a sudden visit from God- held by some evangelicals, in which Christians are taken away to Heaven leaving the rest to spend a further seven years on Earth under the dominion of the Anti-Christ.
According to Heard, the idea to launch the website came in 1999, while he was trading in shares online and he suddenly thought that he won't be able to send his trading password to his wife if the Rapture suddenly took him.
The website, whose motto reads "Because 'No one knows the day or hour'", says it "gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends for Christ".
"Imagine being in the presence of the Lord and hearing all of heaven rejoice over the salvation of your loved ones. It is our prayer that this site makes it happen," The Telegraph quoted the website, as saying.
For becoming a member of this website, it will cost you 40 dollars per year; but, Heard didn't disclose the number of people who have already signed up.
However, the main problem for the email server is to recognise the exact time of the Rapture.
And if any three of Mr Heard's five employees fail to log on to their work accounts for six days, the service will immediately come into effect.
"We don't want these things to go out early," said Mr Heard.
Randy Maddox, a theology professor at Duke University, was quite sceptical about the service.
"In one sense, they're arguing it will be a time of great disaster, but in another sense he's saying, 'I promise my website will be working'. There are logical incongruities with the model," he told ABC News.