I am a lifelong Catholic, studying currently for the Diaconate, and I think I’m a pretty level-headed guy. I had an NDE about 22 years ago. I won’t go into details about all of it, but the ‘content,’ if you will, seemed to be consistent with my Catholic faith, and it was a very positive experience for me, then, and now in retrospect.
I have to say, though, that the classic NDE experiences that were a part of what happened for me (looking down on myself from overhead, the tunnel etc.) remind me of that odd event that happens to a lot of people right before they go to sleep–where they feel as if they’re falling? We’re told that the experience, which feels very real, is due to a sudden change in blood pressure right before yo go to sleep; in other words, it’s due to a physical cause. I can’t honestly say that much or most or all of what I experienced wasn’t something like that.
It was meaningful for me in a lot of ways, but I wouldn’t dream of going on talk shows etc. and telling others all about it as if my experiences were objectively real. I’m mildly interested in the various accounts people have, but no more. If the NDE makes them a better, kinder person, or a more effective minister, then great! If they’re trying to finagle a book tour or something, I tune it out.