Q. Don't near-death experiences disprove what the Bible says about death and judgment? Almost universally, people who have been on death’s door have reported that their experience was a pleasant one, yet many of them report that they had little or no religious faith. How do you explain this?
Heb. 9:27 (NASB’95edition)
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment…
Many non-Christian mystics, spiritists, and occultists have developed their own views of the afterlife on the basis of personal ideas and subjective experiences. Although some of these experiences may have been life-changing and personally meaningful, accounts of such experiences are not reliable sources of information regarding the nature of life after death.
The nature of our relationship to God during this life will determine if we go to a place of comfort or punishment after death (see Luke 16:19-31). If we have been obedient, we go to a place of comfort. If we have never obeyed the teaching of the Gospel, we are in a lost state, and will go immediately to a place of punishment.
Since many find the plain teaching of the Gospel too difficult to accept, subjective experiences are offered as an explanation for what happens when one dies. The Word of God warns:
2 Thess 2:9-12(NASB’95edition)
9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,
12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.
2 Cor. 11:14 (NASB’95edition)
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.