I hope that most of you have heard of Near Death Experiences. Basically they’re very personal and powerful experiences felt by one who is physically on the verge of death. Oftentimes, people will experience their souls detaching from their bodies; and they’ll float around while seeing doctors operating on their body below. (The experience of exiting the body while still being concious of one’s separation from the body is called an OBE–Out of Body Experience.
More ofthen the case, people will experience themselves going through a long vortex–sometimes accompanied by someone else–such as an angel. Many will come to the end and see a large light of complete love and peace. The Light is represented by many as God, but some just say it’s a messenger of God. In some cases the Light tells the person that he or she has to go back–that it is not that person’s time. In other cases the Light gives the person a choice: to remain or to return to earth to tend to one’s family.
I’ve read a few bizarre incidences in which people actually have a Near Death Experience in which they see a large and beautiful city in which everything is dazzling with beauty. People sometimes see their deceased relatives who are waiting for them.
When I first started reading about NDE’s I thought it was great because it showed evidence of the afterlife. In fact, I read that a Medieval pope declared these experiences as such. However, reading some more I came across some really un-Christian NDE’s. People having NDE’s started talking about how they see people being reincarnated, how our primary reason to be on earth is to learn (somewhat of a Gnostic presentation), etc. God is shown as all-loving and forgiving (which is true); but many NDE’s clash with other NDE’s in terms of what the afterlife is like. Many of the Medieval NDE’s suggest that Jews and Muslims mostly go to hell; the more recent NDE’s suggest that Jews, Pagans and Muslims are just as accepted into heaven by God as are Chritians. Some present Christians who have had NDE’s still claim that they see many non-Christians in hell. So what’s all this about??!! Are NDE’s real, and if so, how much validity can we give to them? Any comments would be great.