Life After Death Experiences

Lynn

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I have heard of so many people claiming they have had a life after death experience with almost all of them saying they saw a “ light” and some having seen people or Jesus in heaven before “ coming back” to life. Is there any biblical reference to support these experiences ?
2Cor. 12: 1-6 tells of Paul saying that he knew a man once. . .caught up into the third heaven. No details given about what he saw or even that he himself was the man of whom he spoke. The passage of Scripture demonstrates Paul's humility and his desire for others not to think too highly of him. Paul wasn't looking for a bestseller, just gave a few comments about it, rather matter of factly. I have never read a book nor gone to a movie that supposedly gives an 'account' of someone's near death encounter. People will read a sensational book on the New York Times bestseller list & rave about it. The Bible has the only resurrection from the dead story that's worth spending your time on, because this one's true. And if you put your trust in the One whose story is told, you get eternal life with Him in heaven. For some reason, people still want to buy these Walmart bestselling spurious tales written by someone whom they'll never meet who says to everyone, "Hey, no reason to fear death. It's all good." (Not true).
Heb. 2:15, " and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." There's a good reason to fear death. We're sinners and we all will give account of our lives to a holy God. We have no hope if we're depending upon our own supposed good deeds. There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12 John 14:6 is another great verse, pointing the way to the Savior.
 
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Lovin Jesus

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2Cor. 12: 1-6 tells of Paul saying that he knew a man once. . .caught up into the third heaven. No details given about what he saw or even that he himself was the man of whom he spoke. The passage of Scripture demonstrates Paul's humility and his desire for others not to think too highly of him. Not looking for a bestseller here, just giving a few comments about it, rather matter of factly. I have never read a book nor gone to a movie that supposedly gives an 'account' of someone's near death encounter. People will read a sensational book on the New York Times bestseller list & rave about it. The Bible has the only resurrection from the dead story that's worth spending your time on, because this one's true. And if you put your trust in the One whose story is told, you get eternal life with Him in heaven. For some reason, people still want to buy these Walmart bestselling spurious tales written by someone whom they'll never meet who says to everyone, "Hey, no reason to fear death. It's all good."
I’ve seen some programs about this where they interview people who was in the middle of a surgery and they flatline. During this time that they have clinically died they say they went to heaven, even talked to a dead relative or saw Jesus for a brief time then because they are resuscitated in the operating room they come back, and then they talk about the experience. I don't personally know of anyone who experienced this but it seems there’s a lot of people out there who believe it. I don’t believe it, that’s why I asked if there’s any biblical support for this. I don’t remember anything like this in scripture other than like you said the only resurrection recorded in the Bible, Jesus Christ, and the one to come.
 

borrowedtime

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I’ve seen some programs about this where they interview people who was in the middle of a surgery and they flatline. During this time that they have clinically died they say they went to heaven, even talked to a dead relative or saw Jesus for a brief time then because they are resuscitated in the operating room they come back, and then they talk about the experience. I don't personally know of anyone who experienced this but it seems there’s a lot of people out there who believe it. I don’t believe it, that’s why I asked if there’s any biblical support for this. I don’t remember anything like this in scripture other than like you said the only resurrection recorded in the Bible, Jesus Christ, and the one to come.
I had a NDE. Flat lined after a car accident.

While I don’t know if there is a separation of the soul to the point where we can......”interact” somehow with other spirits (be it angel or demon) I would say they can’t always be trusted.

There’s some confirmed NDE’s that are clear messages from Satan. Such as the Buddhist reincarnation ones.

Paul is the only one I know who had a trip to Heaven and from reading the passage it may have been more for his benefit (God proving to Paul it is HE commanding Paul) than a proof text NDE’s should be used as “proof” of God.

Paul wrote we should test every spirit and be as the Bereans.

Just my 2 cents.
 

Kerbluey

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Agree with borrowedtime. I researched it thoroughly several years ago. There are far too many that come back with a non-biblical message. My suspicion is most of the Jesus ones are also satanic deception designed to lump all religions together since aside from the being you meet they're all pretty much the same. Satan appearing as an angel of light.
 

borrowedtime

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Agree with borrowedtime. I researched it thoroughly several years ago. There are far too many that come back with a non-biblical message. My suspicion is most of the Jesus ones are also satanic deception designed to lump all religions together since aside from the being you meet they're all pretty much the same. Satan appearing as an angel of light.
When I first started looking for God the first thing I wanted to know about was if we had a soul. Cause if we did evolution was wrong.

Too many verified stories to think that something is not happening outside the body.

But all the messages conflicted with each other. Even Christian ones would conflict with each other. Like a man who went to hell and realized he had to become a Seventh Day cause of the sabat. A new Muslim cause of allah.
 
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Lynn

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I don’t remember anything like this in scripture other than like you said the only resurrection recorded in the Bible, Jesus Christ, and the one to come.
Jesus' resurrection wasn't the 'only' resurrection recorded in Scripture, just the most important, since He was/is God, and His resurrection is what gives us life. Lazarus was called forth from the grave, and several people came out of their graves when Jesus arose. There were other NT examples, too, the son of the widow of Nain and Tabitha.
 

Lovin Jesus

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Jesus' resurrection wasn't the 'only' resurrection recorded in Scripture, just the most important, since He was/is God, and His resurrection is what gives us life. Lazarus was called forth from the grave, and several people came out of their graves when Jesus arose. There were other NT examples, too, the son of the widow of Nain and Tabitha.
Thank you. What I meant was resurrected to heaven. But that’s another conversation I think I’m straight now
about those near death experiences. Thank you for helping clear it up :)
 

Snowflake

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God doesn't give visits to heaven, and then you come back to earth.
Aside from Paul and John and some others who's names escape me at the moment.

And anyway, just because God hasn't doesn't mean he can't still. We mustn't limit God.

I am not giving my opinion on these near death experiences. (There are a couple well known ones that I have problems with.) I am simply saying that God never, ever said he wouldn't impart that experience on someone, therefore we can't say he didn't/won't/can't.
 

Snowflake

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Lazarus was called forth from the grave, and several people came out of their graves when Jesus arose.
What's fascinating about those instances is that there is no record of their experience between their first death and their resurrection.

You'd think that would be one of the first things that was asked. "Lazurus, what was it like?" And I am actually convinced that he was asked that. But it was never recorded as far as we know.
 

benmcd

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Only a few like Isaiah, Paul, and John saw heaven. What stands out about their experiences was that they all struggled to describe it.

What stands out about these fake experiences, is they're typically irreverent in how they describe it. Jesse Duplantis' experiences come to mind.

It's like the devil, who gives these false visions, wants to mock and encourage these people to mock God and Heaven.
 

Lovin Jesus

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Only a few like Isaiah, Paul, and John saw heaven. What stands out about their experiences was that they all struggled to describe it.

What stands out about these fake experiences, is they're typically irreverent in how they describe it. Jesse Duplantis' experiences come to mind.

It's like the devil, who gives these false visions, wants to mock and encourage these people to mock God and Heaven.
I dont remember regarding Isaiah but as for Paul andJohn weren’t they taken up to heaven while they were alive? The people who claim the NDE apparently had died then resuscitated but claim that while they were flatlined they had the experience. Personally I find it biblically unfounded. That’s why I asked if anyone else had scriptural basis for it
 

fl2007rn

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Interesting topic! When I worked as an ICU nurse I was on the code blue team for a 500 bed hospital and it was not unusual for me to do CPR every shift or every other shift. If the patient recovered I would always ask if they remembered anything and every single person said "no". However, I often wondered when a saved person died was it possible I was in a room where there was an angel who escorted them to heaven? Working in ICU I believed there were many times that angels were present but I was unaware that they were there.
 

Kerbluey

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Interesting topic! When I worked as an ICU nurse I was on the code blue team for a 500 bed hospital and it was not unusual for me to do CPR every shift or every other shift. If the patient recovered I would always ask if they remembered anything and every single person said "no". However, I often wondered when a saved person died was it possible I was in a room where there was an angel who escorted them to heaven? Working in ICU I believed there were many times that angels were present but I was unaware that they were there.
I like to think that loved ones already in heaven are part of that escort. I have a little video in my mind of word going out that Aunt Lucy will be arriving soon and her loved ones invited to be part of the escort or welcome committee.
 

ExultingInHim

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Not quite about NDE, but before I was saved, I read many new age books. One of them involved a woman who wrote a book based on information from a 1,000-yr-old entity named Seth. The back of the book had a Q&A section. Somebody had asked who we see & what happens after death. Seth said that "we (!) can appear to you as Jesus or Buddha or your dog or your aunt" (I'm paraphrasing a bit).
Not long after, I read 2 Cor 11:14, and I was so creeped out, I immediately turned to Him for salvation.
 

kathymendel

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I don't know what to say............... Back in 1976 my dad was in the ER with a massive heart attack. The doctors said they lost him twice, but they did manage to bring him back. My dad was raised as a farm boy in southern Ohio. He was a believer and he never embellished stories. He was one of the most honest men I've ever known. When we saw him afterwards, he told us he went to heaven and saw his loved ones. He said he did not want to come back, he wanted to stay there. But, then he thought of mom and me and my kids (we were sharing a home together at the time) and felt he should come back and not leave us alone. So, I don't know what actually happened, but something did. And, it touched him greatly.
Sadly, he never came home from the hospital and passed away about a week or two later. We were very comforted by what he told us, tho.
 
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