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Do they see God whenever throughout their experience or is it somewhat kind of "Divine Calling"? Is there a biblical reference about near-death experience? Hope to clear things out about this matter.

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marked as duplicate by warren, David, Affable Geek, fredsbend, James T Dec 9 '13 at 0:31

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Your question presupposed that we could know what happened other than what they iterated, and therefore cannot be answered.We cannot know God's mind or even his ways so whether or not it was a Divine calling would be conjecture on our part. – BYE Dec 8 '13 at 13:45
possible duplicate of Does a near-death experience makes a person more religious? – warren Dec 8 '13 at 13:57
That is my question too. Someone commented that: "I think you're asking too many different things here. Separating it into three questions would help because they really cover quite different topics" So I decided to make the scope of the question smaller. – AppleDevX Dec 8 '13 at 15:13
@CecilBeckum is there any references in the bible about such experiences/incidents? – AppleDevX Dec 8 '13 at 15:14
@ AppleDevX You are just as capable as I am of reading the Bible, I have never tried to locate any such reference, but I recommend that if you start in Genesis and read through the end of the Revelation you will find the answer to your question. – BYE Dec 8 '13 at 20:06

I suggest you read Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 12, where he describes an experience which sounds very much like a near-death experience (NDE) as we refer to it today. Whether or not he experienced it as a result of one of his many near-confrontations with death, such as being shipwrecked, stoned nearly to death, bitten by a viper, beaten severely with 39 lashes, or any other such experiences (see 2 Cor 11:23-27), the point is the Apostle Paul had a vision of what he calls the "third heaven," which in all likelihood is an expression for the very presence of God in heaven.

The revelation Paul received through this vision did not evidently (and somewhat ironically) involve any visual component, but only an audible component. As to exactly what Paul heard in the form of "inexpressible words" we will likely not know until we meet Paul face to face one day in heaven! The important take-away from Paul's account of his revelation/vision, however, is that it was from God and that it was not meant either to be a source of pride or a basis upon which the truth of the Gospel rests. No, it was given to him for purposes known only to God, and from Paul's point of view he would much rather have people remember the sufferings he endured for the sake of the Gospel as being the truest indication of the genuineness of the Christian faith, and not some spectacular and unrepeatable, once-in-a-lifetime experience which only he was privy to.

Do all people today who claim to have had a near-death experience, then, experience anything like what the Apostle Paul experienced? Probably not. Satan, I am sure, would love for people to think they did, but if what these people testify to is contradicted by the truth of God's word, we need to be highly skeptical about the veracity of their testimony.

I am not saying that God cannot give people at death's door a little foretaste of glory divine, nor am I saying it is impossible for God to give people at death's door a little foretaste of a Christ-less eternity in hell. I am saying we need to test the spirits, to see whether or not they are from God (1 John 4:1). If any experience, near-death or otherwise, does not square with the clear testimony of Scripture, then we as God's people are to reject it--and perhaps even to rebuke it--and move on.

Having been next to my aged and godly mother-in-law shortly before she died, I can testify that God did something special for her mere hours before she passed into the presence of the Lord. For a few days prior to her death, she had been declining rapidly, with her body shutting down, little by little. She was unable to communicate in any significant way, and for all intents and purposes she was comatose. All of a sudden she sat up in bed and said very distinctly in full voice, "Hallelujah, hallelujah." This happened not just once, but three times in exactly the same way.

Had God given her a glimpse of what she was about to enter into? I'd like to think so. Will I pin my hope of eternal life in her experience and my experience of her experience? No. My hope and trust are in God and His infallibly inspired word (2 Tim 3:16). Will I ask my mother-in-law in heaven exactly what happened to her shortly before she died? Probably. More likely, however, when I'm with the Lord Jesus in heaven, such questions will be the furthest thing from my mind!

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