Dan dropped dead. He had a heart attack and was on his way to the hospital when his soul left his body. Dan says he was catapulted to a place he knew was heaven. He said that he could feel that he was there to be judged. Standing before his grandmother, his father and God, he faced judgement, he felt shame for the life he had led. He was told that he was going back and suddenly he was watching hospital staff trying to revive his body. An old friend from school posted this on Facebook last week. He’d been sitting on the secret. People with similar stories know, it’s hard coming out.
I died when I was three. I had a hemorrhage after a tonsillectomy. I vividly remember watching things happen from outside of my body. My parents tried to make me believe I had only imagined the out-of-body experience claiming that my report of which priest I saw performing my last rites was incorrect. Many years later I proved them wrong when the priest I saw in the hospital came to our house for Sunday dinner. His recall of the night I bled to death was just as good as mine.
People all over the world report NDE’s. There are tales of tunnels of lights, visits to a place of peace and communicating with deceased family members.There are also accounts of hellish visits. People witness and find themselves being tortured by demons and devil’s. Many report meeting a higher power. These folks who were at death’s door and even clinically dead tell of being sent back to live for a specific reason. Some do not.
I clearly remember seeing my body, seeing my mother holding my body, the paramedics talking to my body and then the priest talking to my body. I never saw angels or lights. No guides showed up to send me in any direction. I was three, I remember thinking I just wanted to be near my mother.
Science believes it can explain NDE’s as hallucinations triggered by the dying brain. Their theories follow lack of oxygen, endorphins and drug reactions. Science, however, cannot offer an explanation for the people who died and came back knowing things they could not possibly know, like which priest was there, or knowledge of conversations in nearby rooms. This life altering event has happened to doctors , surgeons, and many other from the medical profession.
Those brave enough to admit that a brush with death resulted in an otherworldly experience, often become subjects of scorn. Imagine, you have this beautiful, spiritual experience and face rejection from your Church. Many Christian evangelicals in positions of authority and influence preach that these NDE’s are unworthy of religions attention. Their argument is that people are describing things that aren’t found in the Bible and claiming to speak with our God is somehow blasphemous. The Bible says anyone who adds to God’s word is a false prophet. As if the Creator of the universe can’t have any conversations that weren’t written in the pages of The Written Word.
Who wants to be labeled a heretic? Many atheists have come back from death believing. To ignore the number of converts would be foolish. People find God through their experience. How could a place that exists to worship God afford to drive away non conventional delegates?
When science and religion make efforts to discount an experience shared by an estimated 200,000 Americans per year, you know something is going on.