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Testimonies of astral projections, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE) abound, both within and outside Christianity. Many interpret these experiences as evidence that consciousness persists after a person's spirit departs from the body. Of course, this cannot be the case if Christian mortalism (a.k.a. 'soul sleep') is true.

Question: How do 'soul sleep' adherents make sense of the abundant reports of astral projections, out-of-body experiences (OBE) and near-death experiences (NDE) both within and outside Christianity?


As an illustrative example, here is a fascinating case: Neuroscientist Sees 'Proof of Heaven' in Week-Long Coma

Here is another one: Near Death Experience - Wayne Fowler Dies and Meets Jesus Face to Face


Related questions:

How do 'soul sleep' adherents explain reports of personal experiences with deceased saints, friends and relatives by Catholics and other Christians?

How do soul sleep adherents make sense of Jesus' acknowledgement of the existence of disembodied spirits and ghosts?

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    This is opinion based, taking in vast numbers of claimed experiences by all and sundry, none of which can possibly be proven.
    – Nigel J
    Jan 12 at 9:22
  • We dream when we sleep. Sometimes we remember these dreams.
    – Ylzm Ma
    Jan 12 at 10:45
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How do atheists and other skeptics explain reports of astral projection, etc.?

Given that there is no scientific evidence of the reality of such events other than as a neurological effect, why should anyone, whether a believer in 'soul sleep' or not, need to explain them?

One might as well ask how Anglicans explain the reincarnations that Hindus and Buddhists experience.

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  • If we should use the epistemology of atheists and skeptics in order to derive beliefs about reality, shouldn't we all be atheists and skeptics then? Are you an atheist and skeptic? Are you skeptical of the resurrection of Jesus, for example? (EDIT: the downvote was not mine btw.) Jan 14 at 0:35
  • My point was that since there is no reason to believe that these experiences have a supernatural cause, there is no reason that anyone needs to explain them, whether they are atheists or Christians. ¶ If science and a specific denomination both agree that some phenomenon is not supernatural, why should that denomination feel any need to explain why they don't believe in it. Scientists, Atheists, Muslims, Jews, and Anglicans do not believe in reincarnation, so why should anyone expect that Anglicans should have to explain anything about it? Jan 14 at 2:14
  • My point was that since there is no reason to believe that these experiences have a supernatural cause - 1) This is a claim. What is the basis for this claim? 2) Atheists do not believe in the supernatural, then why should they have any need to explain miracle claims from the 1st century? Jan 14 at 2:22
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    @RayButterworth " ...are explained away without religion ever being a consideration". This is what science does. It is the only thing it can do since it does not incorporate the possibility of the supernatural. The very existence of God is unnecessary for the explanations of science. Jan 14 at 13:58
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    @RayButterworth Every Christian denomination explains why they don't believe in a multiplicity of Gods. Here is a Trinitarian apologetic against astral projection: reasonsforjesus.com/statement-of-faith-and-doctrine You can easily find similar regarding reincarnation, ghosts, etc., from many Christian denominations and theological positions. Atheists produce apologetics against the existence of God, "The God Delusion" for example and they certainly think they are in agreement with science. Everybody's doing it! :) Jan 14 at 14:53

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