NDE's are absolutely real according to the people who experience them. They all describe feeling more conscious, alive, and aware than they had ever been while on earth. This is the beginning of Howard Storms NDE, where he was tricked into entering hell by demons. He now founded a Christian Church, I encourage you all to read this further.
"An Invitation to Hell From Strange Beings:
[Howard Storm was in intense agony and dying.]
Struggling to say goodbye to my wife, I wrestled with my emotions. Telling her that I loved her very much was as much of a goodbye as I could utter because of my emotional distress.
Sort of relaxing and closing my eyes, I waited for the end. This was it, I felt. This was the big nothing, the big blackout, the one you never wake up from, the end of existence. I had absolute certainty that there was nothing beyond this life – because that was how really smart people understood it.
While I was undergoing this stress, prayer or anything like that never occurred to me. I never once thought about it. If I mentioned God's name at all it was only as a profanity.
For a time there was a sense of being unconscious or asleep. I'm not sure how long it lasted, but I felt really strange, and I opened my eyes. To my surprise I was standing up next to the bed, and I was looking at my body laying in the bed.
My first reaction was, "This is crazy! I can't be standing here looking down at myself. That's not possible."
This wasn't what I expected, this wasn't right. Why was I still alive? I wanted oblivion. Yet I was looking at a thing that was my body, and it just didn't have that much meaning to me.
But I knew that it wasn't a dream. I became aware that strangely I felt more alert, more aware, more alive than I had ever felt in my entire life. All my senses were extremely acute. Everything felt tingly and alive. The floor was cool and my bare feet felt moist and clammy. This had to be real. I squeezed my fists and was amazed at how much I was feeling in my hands just by making a fist."
"Pam Reynolds met all the criteria for surviving whole brain death. While in this state, she experienced an extraordinary NDE. Because her death was not final, it cannot be said that she survived "biological" death. However, her case provides an excellent example of how there is nothing "near" about the so-called "near-death" experience.
"Pam's extraordinary NDE occurred while undergoing a rare surgical procedure to remove a brain aneurysm. The procedure required her to be:
- Put unconscious using an anesthetic.
- Her body temperature lowered to 60 degrees.
- Her heart and breathing stopped.
- Her brain waves allowed to flatten
- The blood drained from her head.
While in this condition, she floated out of her body and watched the doctors operate on her lifeless body. Later, she was able to describe the surgical instruments, the conversation, and the procedures performed during her surgery."
Quotes from those who experienced NDE's:
"Death is leaving your physical body and facing God. We then become pure Mind. Our minds become naked in that our thoughts are there for all to understand perfectly." (Dr. George Ritchie)
"Death is like falling asleep or like waking up. We leave one state of consciousness and enter another." (Joni Maggi)
"The memory of a NDE is more real than the memory of what one did yesterday." (Dr. Rene Turner)
You have to be careful with this website though, I ONLY go to it to read the NDE experiences, because that website does get into some reincarnation stuff. I think its a good site with documented cases of NDE experiences, which is the only reason I go there. I get uneasy when they sometimes talk about "rebirth" and "prebirth" ideas, just be cautious. Other than that, for pure educational reasons it is very educational to read these peoples experiences.