Many returnees believe they need to love others in a new way, and to tell others of their experiences, as typified by an example described by Professor Bruce Greyson[vii] where, after his NDE, a truck driver 'awoke with an intense passion for helping others, and a desire to talk about his experience, much to the dismay of his embarrassed wife’!
While this classic NDE sequence has been established mainly by investigations in the Western world, it appears to hold true worldwide with some cultural variations, as discussed in a later chapter. Because most reports derive from the West, most of the experiences I quote do too.
Despite the widespread reporting of NDEs, most returnees still express surprise at what they have experienced with descriptors such as 'unexpected' 'amazing', ,' astonished' and 'astounded' being commonplace. Their NDE was in no way driven by their expectations! In fact, to quote J. Steve Miller[viii], 'Experiences often run sharply counter to the individual's specific religious or personal beliefs and expectations.'
The steps above appear to be purpose driven rather than programme driven, as if planned for personal benefit. This sublime truth will become abundantly apparent in these pages – that each NDE, while it shares commonalities with others, nevertheless appears to be designed to benefit that one particular NDEr. Thereby, the steps may take place in any order, tailored to the individual, and certain steps may not occur. Other adventures, such as tours of Heaven or the Cosmos, may be included.
Perhaps the most impacting step is the Life Review, during which many NDErs describe being shown their lives in great detail. I remember questioning Bob Bosworth about his NDE following a car accident in the 1970s. Bob, the son of the famous evangelist Fred Francis ‘FF’ Bosworth, had spent his life as a Christian missionary dedicated to serving the needs of others, working mainly with the poor in Africa. He died in the accident and experienced a classic NDE. He told me that his Life Review had made him uncomfortable. ‘Details of my ministry passed before my eyes, and I saw weaknesses and things I should have done differently. I was not being judged,’ he quickly assured me, ‘I was being led into self-evaluation. God's Judgement Day is not yet.’ Bob assured me his life and ministry had been impacted positively by his NDE. He died in 2009, serving God and his fellow man to the last through World Outreach and other ministries.
Others who have returned have repeated Bob’s assertion, ‘God’s Judgement Day is not yet.’ For example, Howard Storm[ix], as a confused erstwhile atheist whose NDE began with unpleasant experiences, had many questions he asked of spirit beings he encountered during it. Afterwards he concluded:
God will ultimately judge every individual.
And God will allowpeople to be dragged into darkness with like-minded creatures. I have told you, from my personal experience, what goes on in there.
Scripture confirms in several places that Judgement lies ahead on a particular day that God has appointed, as yet unknown to us. One verse, Acts 17:31, reads: 'For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice'.
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