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Lee Strobel: ‘Near-Death Experiences are Consistent with the Teachings of the Bible’ FULL INTERVIEW

Apr 2023 01



Are near-death experiences consistent with the teaching of Scripture? Author says yes. He discusses with ’s .

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30 Comments

  1. #1

    they look like twins

  2. #2

    What about non-Christian cultures on Earth? I think calling these experiences "Christian" is totally subjective.

  3. #3

    Many NDE says they feel overwhelming love but there is no mention of any sort of repentence, judgement or any consequences. This very much contradicts what the bible teaches. There are consequences for sin and if there are not then why did jesus die for???? Many reports of NDE experiences make it seem like all is forgiven, sin does not matter.

  4. #4

    When a person is truly dead for period of time, even several hours and comes back and recounts these stories, I will sit up and take notice, but until then, I have very serious doubts and I have given a few verses from scriptures concerning what happens at death . Lazarus was DEAD for several days but when Jesus raised him from the dead what did Lazarus have to say about his death experience? NOTHING! Why? Because there was nothing to say. He had to die again, be buried and sleep until Christ returns at the Last Day when all the graves will give up their dead. So says the Holy Writ.

  5. #5

    You are telling people what they want to hear/believe. Death is the most mysterious of all life's experiences, so you and all those who write books about their NDE seems to give people solace, it also makes lot of money for those with such claims via books, movies and TV interviews. But it is not what the Bible says? The preacher who wrote the books about his young son experiencing a NDE, which also was made into a move – later said he LIED! Sure he did, I knew he did soon as I heard the story.

  6. #6

    When people have been killed , say for instance in a plan crash, it is annoynced that X number of souls perished. Meaning persons!!! Does anyone say x number of spirits perished? Absolutely Not. WHY NOT???? The bible clearly tells us we like the animals are living soul/creatures. We are not referenced as living or dead spirits!

  7. #7

    Have you ever had a nightmare so awful it scared you to death? So much so, you begin to reevaluate your life, and perhaps even change the way you live? The Bible is very clear, very, very clear about what happens at death [considering one is really dead] and not just between life and death! I might also add we dont have a soul, we are a soul so says God who created the first man. Our souls is the breath of life it is oxygen that carries blood throughout our bodies. If the oxygen is cut off we die, we die…. the brain needs oxygen. The spirit is our mind/brain, it needs oxygen to function. I don't know why so many so-called experts keep telling us we have we have a soul, some type of something that survies apart from our body.

  8. #8

    OMG, how utterly misguided you are and how you have misunderstood and misinterpreted the verses you quoted!! Did Jesus go straight to paradise after he died on the cross OR was he in the grave for three days and 3 nights? Paul said he would praise the LORD while he had his being [life] and he didn't want to be found unclothed but wanted to be the New man in Christ at the the Last Day. You are such a liar, The bible is VERY clear what happens at death if Only people or so-called Christians would just take the time to STUDY it.

  9. #9

    A case for stupidity

  10. #10

    Below is a segment from 'Saved by the Light of the Buddha Within'…

    My new understandings of what many call 'God -The Holy Spirit' – resulting from some of the extraordinary ongoing after-effects relating to my NDE…

    Myoho-Renge-Kyo represents the identity of what some scientists are now referring to as the unified field of consciousnesses. In other words, it’s the essence of all existence and non-existence – the ultimate creative force behind planets, stars, nebulae, people, animals, trees, fish, birds, and all phenomena, manifest or latent. All matter and intelligence are simply waves or ripples manifesting to and from this core source. Consciousness (enlightenment) is itself the actual creator of everything that exists now, ever existed in the past, or will exist in the future – right down to the minutest particles of dust – each being an individual ripple or wave.

    The big difference between chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and most other conventional prayers is that instead of depending on a ‘middleman’ to connect us to our state of inner enlightenment, we’re able to do it ourselves. That’s because chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo allows us to tap directly into our enlightened state by way of this self-produced sound vibration. ‘Who or What Is God?’ If we compare the concept of God being a separate entity that is forever watching down on us, to the teachings of Nichiren, it makes more sense to me that the true omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of what most people perceive to be God, is the fantastic state of enlightenment that exists within each of us. Some say that God is an entity that’s beyond physical matter – I think that the vast amount of information continuously being conveyed via electromagnetic waves in today’s world gives us proof of how an invisible state of God could indeed exist.

    For example, it’s now widely known that specific data relayed by way of electromagnetic waves has the potential to help bring about extraordinary and powerful effects – including an instant global awareness of something or a mass emotional reaction. It’s also common knowledge that these invisible waves can easily be used to detonate a bomb or to enable NASA to control the movements of a robot as far away as the Moon or Mars – none of which is possible without a receiver to decode the information that’s being transmitted. Without the receiver, the data would remain impotent. In a very similar way, we need to have our own ‘receiver’ switched on so that we can activate a clear and precise understanding of our own life, all other life and what everything else in existence is.

    Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo each day helps us to achieve this because it allows us to reach the core of our enlightenment and keep it switched on. That’s because Myoho-Renge-Kyo represents the identity of what scientists now refer to as the unified field of consciousnesses. To break it down – Myoho represents the Law of manifestation and latency (Nature) and consists of two alternating states. For example, the state of Myo is where everything in life that’s not obvious to us exists – including our stored memories when we’re not thinking about them – our hidden potential and inner emotions whenever they’re dormant – our desires, our fears, our wisdom, happiness, karma – and more importantly, our enlightenment.

    The other state, ho, is where everything in Life exists whenever it becomes evident to us, such as when a thought pops up from within our memory – whenever we experience or express our emotions – or whenever a good or bad cause manifests as an effect from our karma. When anything becomes apparent, it merely means that it’s come out of the state of Myo (dormancy/latency) and into a state of ho (manifestation). It’s the difference between consciousness and unconsciousness, being awake or asleep, or knowing and not knowing.

    The second law – Renge – Ren meaning cause and ge meaning effect, governs and controls the functions of Myoho – these two laws of Myoho and Renge, not only function together simultaneously but also underlies all spiritual and physical existence.

    The final and third part of the tri-combination – Kyo, is the Law that allows Myoho to integrate with Renge – or vice versa. It’s the great, invisible thread of energy that fuses and connects all Life and matter – as well as the past, present and future. It’s also sometimes termed the Universal Law of Communication – perhaps it could even be compared with the string theory that many scientists now suspect exists.

    Just as the cells in our body, our thoughts, feelings and everything else is continually fluctuating within us – all that exists in the world around us and beyond is also in a constant state of flux – constantly controlled by these three fundamental laws. In fact, more things are going back and forth between the two states of Myo and ho in a single moment than it would ever be possible to calculate or describe. And it doesn’t matter how big or small, famous or trivial anything or anyone may appear to be, everything that’s ever existed in the past, exists now or will exist in the future, exists only because of the workings of the Laws ‘Myoho-Renge-Kyo’ – the basis of the four fundamental forces, and if they didn’t function, neither we nor anything else could go on existing. That’s because all forms of existence, including the seasons, day, night, birth, death and so on, are moving forward in an ongoing flow of continuation – rhythmically reverting back and forth between the two fundamental states of Myo and ho in absolute accordance with Renge – and by way of Kyo. Even stars are dying and being reborn under the workings of what the combination ‘Myoho-Renge-Kyo’ represents. Nam, or Namu – which mean the same thing, are vibrational passwords or keys that allow us to reach deep into our life and fuse with or become one with ‘Myoho-Renge-Kyo’.

    On a more personal level, nothing ever happens by chance or coincidence, it’s the causes that we’ve made in our past, or are presently making, that determine how these laws function uniquely in each of our lives – as well as the environment from moment to moment. By facing east, in harmony with the direction that the Earth is spinning, and chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo for a minimum of, let’s say, ten minutes daily to start with, any of us can experience actual proof of its positive effects in our lives – even if it only makes us feel good on the inside, there will be a definite positive effect. That’s because we’re able to pierce through the thickest layers of our karma and activate our inherent Buddha Nature (our enlightened state). By so doing, we’re then able to bring forth the wisdom and good fortune that we need to challenge, overcome and change our adverse circumstances – turn them into positive ones – or manifest and gain even greater fulfilment in our daily lives from our accumulated good karma. This also allows us to bring forth the wisdom that can free us from the ignorance and stupidity that’s preventing us from accepting and being proud of the person that we indeed are – regardless of our race, colour, gender or sexuality. We’re also able to see and understand our circumstances and the environment far more clearly, as well as attract and connect with any needed external beneficial forces and situations. As I’ve already mentioned, everything is subject to the law of Cause and Effect – the ‘actual-proof-strength’ resulting from chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo always depends on our determination, sincerity and dedication.

    For example, the levels of difference could be compared to making a sound on a piano, creating a melody, producing a great song, and so on. Something else that’s very important to always respect and acknowledge is that the Law (or if you prefer God) is in everyone and everything.

    NB: There are frightening and disturbing sounds, and there are tranquil and relaxing sounds. It’s the emotional result of any noise or sound that can trigger off a mood or even instantly change one. When chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo each day, we are producing a sound vibration that’s the password to our true inner-self – this soon becomes apparent when you start reassessing your views on various things – such as your fears and desires etc. The best way to get the desired result when chanting is not to view things conventionally – rather than reaching out to an external source, we need to reach into our own lives and bring our needs and desires to fruition from within – including the good fortune and strength to achieve any help that we may need. Chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo also reaches out externally and draws us towards, or draws towards us, what we need to make us happy from our environment. For example, it helps us to be in the right place at the right time – to make better choices and decisions and so forth. We need to think of it as a seed within us that we’re watering and bringing sunshine to for it to grow, blossom and bring forth fruit or flowers. It’s also important to understand that everything we need in life, including the answer to every question and the potential to achieve every dream, already exists within us.

  11. #11

    Let's see…the Bible states that people are unconscious after death until they are awakened and judged. Is that consistent with NDEs?

  12. #12

    NDE often contradict the Bible, in fact, even each other.

  13. #13

    Gonna have to get this book now.

  14. #14

    Good corroboration, talk

  15. #15

    Presents from the body straight with the Lord

  16. #16

    Would love the citation for The Lancet article to which you refer. All the ones I have read about NDE confute or contradict this position. Thank you.

  17. #17

    When we were present in the Emergency Department in 2015 after my father had a heart attack he already was unconscious. When my wife and I came out as the last son and daughter in law we called out to pa that we were there now it seemed that something invisible was coming out of him – perhaps his soul or spirit.

  18. #18

    Please turn CC thanks!

  19. #19

    What final judgment are you talking about?! At Rapture, believers will be rewarded at the Bema judgment. 2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 14:10-12. The final judgment AKA the great white throne judgment if that's what you're talking about, Revelation 20 clearly states that the dead whose names are NOT written in the book of Life will be judged and thrown in to the lake of fire. Nothing about the believers' souls there.

  20. #20

    Doctores should dare to document all of these and put it in the news.

  21. #21

    What I have noticed in many "near-death" experiences is that the person is given the choice to stay in Heaven or return. The choice was always difficult because they wanted to stay in what is perfect peace and joy. Your loved one is NOT dead; he or she is ALIVE in Heaven.

  22. #22

    Interesting, Jesus did NOT come back from heaven, if you read the bible, he was dead 3 days he DID NOT go to heaven then come back, he only went to heaven AFTER he was resurrected.

  23. #23

    The Bible unequivocally teaches, "the dead know not anything." Ecclesiastes 9:5.
    Jesus said, "She is not dead, but sleepeth." Luke 8:52.
    The Bible teaches that death is a sleep; a state of unconsciousness until the second coming of Christ when He will resurrect the dead, calling them forth from the grave.
    This requires a study.
    Isaiah 8:20 warns us, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."

  24. #24

    Get right with God friends, don't wait another day! About 500 prophecies fulfilled hundreds and thousands of years in advance prove the Bible is God's word. Believe and repent, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 10:9-10

  25. #25

    THIS GUY IS TELLING FIBS THE MESSIAH DID NOT SAY THAT DAY HE WOULD BE WITH HIM IN PARADISE BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE GRAVE THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS THAT'S JUST A MISPLACED, HE'S SAYING YEAH TODAY I'M TELLING YOU YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE THOUGH BUT I'M TELLING YOU THAT TODAY.

  26. #26

    Get to know God:
    There is only God in three persons , God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
    The Bible says that we are all sinners
    As it is written: There is none righteous, no not one Romans 3:10
    For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
    But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6
    For the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23 (the word “death” in this verse is eternal separation from God, in hell.)
    Come now, and let us reason together, Saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Isaiah 1:18
    Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that he
    was buried,and that He rose again the third day according To the Scriptures 1Cor 15 3:8
    In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14
    For by grace ye are saved; through faith and not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.
    I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vein Galatians 2:21
    If you would like to receive Jesus as your Savior.
    Realize that you are a hopeless sinner and trust in Jesus and only Jesus to save you.

    You can say a prayer expressing your gratitude, sorrow for your sins, etc. but remember your prayer doesn’t save you.
     Your trust in Jesus and what He did for you on the cross is what saves you.
    The moment you trust in Jesus and only Jesus, you are saved.
    After people get saved they get baptized in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. It is for believers only and has nothing to do with your salvation.

  27. #27

    I knew a gentleman whose experience reminded me of CS Lewis's scene in The Great Divorce, of a bright meadow with vibrant colors and singing or laughing flowers.

  28. #28

    I hear stories of people who have had NDE and some that are of different religions say they saw the God they worshipped..like Hindu. Some say it depends your religion. When I hear them tell me that I'm confused. I know what the word of God says…so what is going on here?

  29. #29

    I like your Documentary the case of Christ. Simply awesome.

  30. #30

    Many folks who have the "tunnel" experience recount a kind gentleman figure at the end of the tunnel, beckoning them and so forth. Many mistake this figure for "Jesus" (not his actual name) or "God" (not his actual name). It's not. He who is called I AM has people who take care of this for him. The kind figure at the end of the tunnel is the "angel" (or what we call an "angel", anyway), and this angel's name is DEATH. Death is an actual individual, and he is the intermediary between this world and our transition to the next. He is a kind, gentle soul, nothing at all like the propagandized version of Death with the skull face, black robes, and sythe. Death is of the highest choir of angels, and he is to be revered. Not feared.

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