Near Death Experiences Deny The Truth Of God's Scripture
"One in 10 people have undergone a near-death experience" (NDE). As the article stated, "The findings were presented at the fifth European Academy of Neurology Congress by researchers hailing from Danish specialty hospital Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and the Center for Stroke Research in Berlin, and the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim, Norway."
From the perspective of many respected researchers, the near death experience is real. The stories related by those who have experienced an NDE are at great variance with God's word. Therein lies the danger according to Dan Corner, Director of Evangelical Outreach. His words echo all discerning apologists of God's Word in their warnings regarding NDE - near death experience:
Can they be trusted in explaining what happens after death? A near death experience is an experience that people might have after their heart stops beating, and, from their perspective, they leave their own physical body and sometimes observe it. Most of these subjective messages concerning the afterlife of these NDE's do not line up with the truth of Scripture, and are, therefore, spiritually dangerous.
Following are some of the conflicting messages about the afterlife that people have reported: some go through a tunnel and see a bright light at the end, while others see blackness and fire; many agnostics, atheists and other Biblically unsaved people report entering a place of joy, peace and love, some even insist God told them it did not matter what they did or how they lived on earth; some atheists become believers, while others claim to be changed, more loving, etc., yet without the necessary commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, according to His Word, in order to even enter heaven; some claim to now be able to communicate with the dead since they are back in their body. Communication with the dead is an abomination and strictly forbidden by God. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
It is Satan's demons, posing as deceased loved ones, who lure people away from God - the dead cannot hear anyone; finally, others receive the impression they have had a pre-existence before their birth, thus reinforcing the false teachings of reincarnation from Hinduism and Buddhism.
Reincarnation is refuted and declared void by Hebrews 9:27, which states , "And as it is appointed for men to die once,
but after this the judgment."
The feelings and emotions that stem from these NDE's are often so intense and sensational that it is very difficult, almost impossible, to persuade people who have these experiences to even question or analyze them in the light of scripture. The feelings are so real and powerful that they automatically assume that the message of their experience concerning the afterlife must be from God; the issue is not whether or not an experience took place, but the source of the experience, whether dream or miracle or vision.
Experiencing a feeling of peace or bliss, does not mean that feeling came from God. The devil can and does duplicate feelings of peace, ecstasy and/or bliss; this is what he does in Transcendental Meditation (Hinduism), in Buddhism and through all purveyors of Eastern Religious Thought, in Catholicism after receiving the baked Eucharist wafer, in Mormonism, after praying, per their instructions, that God give you a burning in your bosom to reveal that false god of Latter Day Saint's "Book of Mormon" by Joseph Smith, is true.
Satan has designed Evil to have a beautiful side. Be alert; expect evil to appear behind an atractive façade, or to be accompanied by a blissful feeling of peace and well-being. When someone desires to destroy you, they will first place you off guard by disguising and sweetening the poison.
"But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil" (Hebrews 5:14).
"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1st John 4:1).
"Test everything. Hold on to the good" (1st Thessalonians 5:21).
There are conflicting messages about the afterlife from NDE, as there are many conflicting messages about the way to achieve salvation that differ from Bible believing churches and congregations, all of which claim and report visions. Since the messages from these experiences, visions, miracles, etc., contradict one another, we know that God is not their source because God is never a god of confusion.
" But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.
God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
True worship must be "in spirit," that is, engaging the whole heart. Unless there is a genuine passion for God, there is no worship in spirit. At the same time, worship must be "in truth," that is, properly informed.
To worship God in spirit and in truth is to declare that God is worthy of our reverence. We do this both through our emotional core and in light of reality. We worship God based on the truth of who He is, the truth of who we are, the truth of what God does, and the truth of what is going on in our world.
This precludes living a life contrary to God's expressed will from Monday through Saturday and joining the "practice" of corporate worship for one hour on Sundays, fulfilling a traditional ritual.
Since Near Death Experiences contradict one another, how do you know which ones should be discarded? The all-important question regarding any life after death experience is: Does it contradict the unchanging and eternal message of the Holy Scriptures? If it does, then the spiritual source of the miraculous or supernatural behind the life after death experience was not the same source that gave us the Bible. The Bible teaches there are only two sources of miracles - God and Satan, a.k.a., the devil - who has and currently is literally deceiving and blinding billions to God's spiritual Truth.
The biblical evidence shows near death experiences are a popular and effective way the devil deceives people about life after death. Many of those with Near Death Experiences have a very pleasant experience despite being dead in their sins and spiritually lost; proving that NDEs are not reliable concerning the afterlife because the Scriptures do not testify to a universal salvation for everyone (meaning not everyone goes to heaven); in fact, Jesus taught most, by their own life choices, will go to hell.
Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He (Jesus) said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to." (Luke 13:22-24) The narrow door is into heaven.
(Matthew 7:13-14.)Whether few or many went in, there would be many left out, and among these some of the listeners. Jesus is speaking to ‘them,’ the multitude, not to the questioner. These questioners who approach solemn subjects as material for raising profitless questions in an attempt to silence religious teachers, exist still, and are best answered after Christ’s manner.
There is no mention in Bible Scripture of anyone going through a dark tunnel with a bright light on the other side with a sensation of great peace and love in the presence of such a light, as is reported in NDEs.
Most dangerous about these experiences is the belief that you have all that is necessary to go to heaven, because you will look no further; we are to seek God, this is a continuous tense in the Greek - to keep seeking God. God is Truth. He cannot be separated from the truth of His Word. When it is written that the truth will set you free, that verse (John 8:31) means our freedom in Christ is from the slavery of sin caused by man's sinful nature (Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 3:5).
If your NDE, dream, vision, etc., is from God, then it will draw you to the message of the Bible, which repeatedly informs us that we must repent (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9), allow the death of our sinful nature (Galatians 5:24), and follow and obey Jesus and his Word (the Bible) to receive His salvation and His unfailing peace (John 10:27; Hebrews 5:9; Luke 8:21; Matthew 10:22; Hebrews 3:14; Revelation 2:10,11; Galatians 6:8,9).
If, however, the message of your NDE does not lead you to obey God in such a way, then the experience was not from the One True God of the Bible, but from our deceitful enemy, the Adversary, whom Jesus called the "god of this world, who had no part in Him," Satan.
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