[not an endorsement of Oprah, but Sharon Stone's experience is a common example of what these near death experiences are like even among non-celebrities.
You notice they all speak of a white light. White-light experiences in my opinion are all of Satan, light meant to entrance, lure and deceive. Also if they speak of beautiful angels, or of meeting a jesus that tells especially the lost they are "good people", I believe these are all deceptions of Satan. Satan wears a mask of "goodness" to fool people. This can include good "experiences" to trick them.
One thing about severe illness, it can leave people severely spiritually vulnerable. The spirit world can get "more busy" when one is on a death bed or would be death bed especially when a person is not born again and under the protection of God. The demons are jumping up and down over the possibility of another soul entering hell. This is a personal reflection based on experience. I was very sick in my past [in my case I did not die] but crying out to God in my case.
This is when I faced facts about my final destiny and knowing where I would end up if I did not turn to Jesus Christ to be born again. When the doctors add in heavy sedation, powerful drugs to even save your life, there are spiritual effects that can occur from these drugs. If someone who is lost, is dying, they are not under the protection of God, Satan can use their vulnerability at this time to bring in incredible deceptions.
For my new readers, I used to be in the UU [Unitarian Universalist Association] and dabbled in Theosophy and the New Age movement as well as many other areas, I am also an ex-Catholic. NDE's in the New Age world are very popular. The world loves the now deceased lecturer and author, Elizabeth Kubler Ross. I was familiar with her by the 1980s. She is as New Age as they come. None of these NDE teachers teach a biblical gospel but one that tells the world, that death will bring new vistas and different versions of the universalistic message that "everyone goes to heaven".
If anything her messages have grown more popular over recent decades. Her New Age vision of death, promotes it not as the cost of sin, but as a butterfly coming out of a cocoon.
"Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow."
Other quotes include many themes opposite of Christianity. Mrs. Kubler-Ross did not want anyone to become born again and repent:
"Dying is nothing to fear. It can be the most wonderful experience of your life. It all depends on how you have lived."
"For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death." ...."Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death."Death is celebrated in circles contrary to God. It is calling evil good. Contrary to those popular movies and books that claim people can come back from hell or heaven, the bible says otherwise:
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
This may shock a few but I personally knew two people who had near death experiences. One was a family member from my non-Christian family of orgin. This was way back in the early 1990s when I heard about this, but this relative told me they had "died" on the table during a heart surgery, rose up out of their body, saw themselves lying there, went towards the white light and they had gone to a calm and peaceful place where they saw some family members who had died before them and have messages of love to give them.
He told me the place he visited was of great beauty and he could not wait to be back there one day. They told me that they were told "everyone goes to heaven" and they entered a place of "great peace" and that their fear of death was totally obliterated. They told me "I have no fear of a hell". This was during my non-Christian days, so there was no giving this person any truth. Later I would be horrified, as they finally died, rejecting the gospel to the very end, unless there were inside thoughts I was not privy to with the vague view of "all religions leading to the same place" as they attended a Catholic church socially and maintained a universalistic view of the world's religions. They even towards the end said, that "god was made by men and was a social construct". Another time they mulled to me that maybe god was simply an alien of higher intelligence then mankind as they loved science fiction books. How did this NDE influence them spiritually? I would say not very well. They definitely did not see the pit of hell yawning open upon death in their rejection of Christ and in following false teachers.
About a year before, I met a co-worker, who shared her tale of being on a surgery table, going into cardiac arrest and then leaving her body the same way, seeing the white light and then copying the above experience almost verbatim. Are you noticing a theme here? This lady was a very strident New Ager, that believed in angels, crystals and positive thinking. Her NDE experience if anything had led her stronger into the New Age.
Ever notice the gospel is never preached during a NDE? It's always New Age bunk and the same lies that occur in all false religions! That's because Satan is running this show.
This episode is very heart wrenching and moving, but I find myself knowing that the "jesus" this person met was a false one. "My sheep hear my voice" for us believers. She met a phony spirit that presented itself as "jesus" and deceived her. Every saved Christian has met Jesus and we are to get closer via our prayer life.
There is no way the real Jesus Christ would say this: "he told me I was a "good person". Even if the words sound loving on the surface, that sounds like something one of the devil's angels would tell a person to keep them from being born again and repenting. We all know the "I will go to heaven because I am a good person" tale we hear from so many of the lost. The true Jesus would preach the gospel and give out truth not act like a Catholic priest in a confessional.
Here is another one where the "jesus" figure asks the man who has died, "What did you do for your fellow-man?" Sadly here the demons probably wanted to infuse the gospel of works. The entire world thinks it can work it's way to heaven in various demonic religions and appease their "gods" into letting them into heaven!
In the occult, with mystics of various kinds, some of their demons [spirit guides et al.]do show up to them as "giants" who are 15-16 feet tall. I've seen this written about in Swami texts to wicked cartoonist Robert Crumb showing his favorite mystic "Mr. Natural" rising up to be 30 feet in front of his disciple Flakey Foont. There's a lot of occult mixed into the all sorts of entertainment in unexpected places. This bothered me greatly when he described his "jesus" showing up to him in a dream that way. Hinduism have their spirits that show up as giants. There is the lore of "giants" in theosophy, and in Rosicrucian groups. Kind of puts all that Nephilim stuff in a new light. This reminds me of Oral Roberts who saw a 900 foot Jesus in a vision, once.
False symbols, teachings and more come forth in this NDEs. I noticed some years back, they went from all positive ones in the 1970s and 1980s, to including visits to hell in the 1990s in these NDEs. In those earlier years you never heard about a "I went to hell" NDE, that was something new. I think this was part of the deception too when probably a few Christians asked "Why is everyone going to heaven in these NDEs?" Some Christian ministries like 700 Club put up videos and show interviews of people who supposedly "went to hell" and came back to tell the tale.
While some of these experiences seemed to have led these people to be Christians, I am worried about what these kind of stories promote. They give the false idea that people get a "second chance" when they die. They give people the false idea, that you can end up in hell, and "get out" or that you can pray and get your way out of there.
I think of this Bible verse:
John 10 King James Version (KJV)
I have dealt with unbelievers lately who have told me they believe time in hell is temporary or that they can escape. I find myself thinking these kind of stories help with those beliefs. One person I know who is a non-believer even told me I could do a "When Dreams May Come" action and come rescue them from hell. I told them, "It doesn't work that way and you better not count on me being able to come get you. I have preached the gospel to you and your true salvation lies in it not trying to skate by."
I don't want to be nit-picky, but let's be real here. The Bible says we will all die ONCE. God knows who is going to have the doctors jump-start their heart and be kept on earth. These people are basically claiming we all can die one, two or even three times.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
These supposedly Christian hell stories also give credence to the New Age "positive" NDEs. I tried to google to see if Robertson [a false teacher] had warned of false NDEs but didn't find anything. I did see promotion of the "Christian flavored" NDE books.
With this man it worries me that he discusses seeing "angels" at an early age. This video worries me even if it seems good on the surface because the idea is put out there that one can go to hell, and call upon Jesus there and be "rescued". We need to pray for this man as well as others who have had these visions. He states "He loved me so much, he gave me a second chance."
This lady describes in detail her trip to hell too, speaking of pain and falling through into hell's fire and feeling the burning, fear, and worse things. This one also has suicide in the mix and seems kind of blase' and disconnected from it all. These NDE tales even with the Christian flavor are always full of false theology to confuse and divert.
She teaches false things when she said "no act can take you to hell". The Bible says otherwise with committing blasphemy against the Holy Spirit [many believe this means refusing salvation] and taking the mark of the Beast. There are other New Age comments she states like "Your soul transforms into a being of fear which is the opposite of love." Robertson mentions the great gulf, mentioned in the scripture above but totally ignores it's meaning that the gulf between the living and the dead is fixed to add to the confusion.
Any of you hear of the book "23 Minutes in Hell"? Interesting that the chosen number is 23.
Ever wonder why one of the freemason's favorite number is the number of minutes chosen? After all why not round it down to 20 minutes?
I haven't read this book but I tend to think it has more false theology to share as well, and of course gives out that idea of dying TWICE I mention above. Think about this Mary of Fatima gave the children a view of hell while influencing thoughts to march after the false religion of Catholicism. Many of these people with their NDEs are no different then Catholic saints who share their false visions of "jesus", "mary" or even monsters in hell like Bill Wiese
the online excerpts too had plenty of false theology too. In one section he claims that "god" had him "forget he was a Christian". How could that be of God?
And just like the CATHOLICS, where I have warned about VISIONS GALORE in THAT WORLD.
This stuff is NO DIFFERENT.
And I am going to finish this article a verse I used in that article too.
31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Just warning people of hell doesn't mean you are a real Christian or trying to lead them to salvation. False religions the world over warn of hell or places like it. They won't be persuaded via false visions, or one's handed over by Satan. False visions lead to false religion.
I believe NDEs are false. A few readers may disagree, but I believe a NDE led someone directly to the pit with the false lies and deceptions of Satan.