A reader offered the following last week:
For some reason, YouTube has been sending me videos of people testifying about their “NDE” (Near Death Experience). You may have seen or heard some of these. They are very interesting, in that the vast majority have a few central themes:
- They “float” above their body and can see people (doctors, nurses, others) working on them and then declaring them dead.
- They go through a tunnel with a bright light in the distance.
- They are drawn to the light.
- They are often accompanied by a “guide” who takes them to a place of fantastic beauty of colors and brightness.
- They have a “life review” where everything they thought, said, and did, during their lives is revealed.
- Many of them are brought face to face with Jesus Christ and angels. There is no judgment, just love everywhere.
- Some saw or met up with deceased relatives.
- Some travel to other worlds, planets, and galaxies in the heavens.
- When told that it is not their time, almost all of them do not want to return to earth with its wars, crime, hate, and destruction.
I believe these stories are true, and it gives me great peace. In the meanwhile, I tell others about them.
I replied that I had I had a near-death experience when I was 24 years old and had ended up in a coma after my car wreck. I describe this event in greater detail in my book, Miracle on Luckie Street. When I had this vision, I was floating and was in something akin to a cocoon and I could not move my arms or legs. I was floating on black calm water, and it was nightfall. I saw my life reviewed and replayed on what appeared as though it was projected on the black sky like an old drive-in theater. All the bad things I had done were projected. (At that point in my life, I had not done anything good).
Afterward the calm sea began to turn violent, and I was trapped in a raging river carrying me along at a rapid rate of speed, I heard a loud rushing sound and suddenly went over a huge waterfall. I landed in a filthy cesspool with garbage and debris floating around and saw a giant demon, (at least 11 or 12 ft. tall) with a sharp pointed stick that he was repeatedly sticking in the water as he seemed to be looking for me. Suddenly he speared me, lifted me, and flung me far through the air, right into the heart of hell. It was like being in a gigantic cave and very dimly lit with flickering red light and there were cells in a rocklike wall in what appeared to be a prison-like structure. I could hear wailing and howling, and I saw several demons dancing around a boiling cauldron and when I looked into it, I saw myself and my flesh was missing revealing a smiling skull and my skeleton.
There was nothing nice about my near-death experience and I did not want to go back. When I awoke, I saw my mother’s face closely looking at me. I moaned to her that I just dreamed I died and went to hell. She broke out crying and I passed out again.
I suppose that God allows us glimpses of death both to encourage us to follow Him and warn us not to follow Satan. Oddly, this experience, as frightening as it was, did not convince me to turn to Christ at that moment. To be frank I didn’t know what to think of it and I wouldn’t have known how to turn to Christ. It was several weeks later when I began reading the New Testament of the Bible in a misguided effort to disprove it that I, in tears, decided to surrender my life and follow Jesus. I’m convinced that if I have another near-death experience or my actual death that it will be pleasant. I do not dread nor fear death or near death at all. Jesus takes away that fear.
2 Timothy 1:10
And which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,