Epistles of Thomas

April 4, 2010

The Confusion about Heaven and Near-Death Experiences

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Newsweek published an article on March 26 of this year entitled “Can Science Explain Heaven? Scientists try to explain near-death experiences.” Unfortunately, they are conflating two very different ideas. Heaven in the biblical sense is the domain of God where Christians will spend eternity with him and one another. Even in popular literature heaven is portrayed as a realm where God lives and where Paul awaits us at the pearly gates. To suggest that seeing a bright light and speaking to others or God upon (almost)death is not heaven by either definition. The article suggests that these NDEs are created by the brain releasing powerful hallucinogenic compounds to protect itself. Similar experiences have been related by those using ketamine, a horse tranquilizer. If this is the case it will not change our concept of heaven or our belief in it one bit.

Those who know Christ and are known by him live with the confidence that he has gone to prepare a place for us. However, we will not enter our final living place with him until the consummation of history and the final sorting. The difference between biblical heaven and NDEs is that science relies on duplicatable facts and I am relying on revelation. NDEs follow a similar pattern (but then so do alien abductions) and can be investigated. The realm of heaven is not something that can be measured with scientific instruments or duplicated with drugs – it is eternity with our heavenly Father.

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2 Comments »

  1. “The realm of heaven is not something that can be measured with scientific instruments or duplicated with drugs.”

    The principles of science built the computer on which you typed your entry. And the car you drive to work.

    I work for a christian hospital. Even IT extoles “evidence-based protocols, not faith-based.

    Oh and I haven’t forgotten our discussion under the Goliath thread. Coming soon, my reply.

    Comment by Hookie — April 4, 2010 @ 16:49 | Reply

    • My point was that scientists feel obligated to investigate NDEs because of their numbers and the similarities between accounts. Personally I see no point in wasting time exploring NDEs, SETI, ghosts, alien abductions, etc. When I see how much computing power has been wasted on SETI that could have been used on proteome folding or cancer or food research it saddens me. Those who have rejected God still seem to have a need to not be alone in the universe and seek other beings to replace that relationship.

      Comment by Thomas — April 5, 2010 @ 11:32 | Reply


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