Armed with just a small number of NDE accounts in the 1970s, but completely convinced of the integrity of those who had kindly told me their experiences, I set about trying to understand what was going on. I soon discovered that Christian ministers and other believers had little interest and no convincing explanations for NDEs.
How could I find the truth? For a number of reasons, some experiential, I had come to look at the Bible as a unique window into God, but one having to be illuminated by God’s Spirit. Of interest, this understanding has been given to a few NDErs who asked about the Bible while visiting the afterlife, the atheist Howard Storm 1 being one.
I asked if it was true, and they (spirit beings) said it was. Asking them why it was that when I tried to read it, all I saw were contradictions, they took me back to my Life Review again – something that I had overlooked. They showed me, for the few times I had opened the Bible, that I had read it with the idea of finding contradictions and problems. I was trying to prove to myself that it wasn’t worth reading.
I observed to them that the Bible wasn’t clear to me. It didn’t make sense.
They told me that it contained spiritual truth, and that I had to read it spiritually in order to understand it. It should be read prayerfully. My friends (in the afterlife) informed me that it was not like other books. They also told me, and I later found out this was true, that when you read it prayerfully, it talks to you. It reveals itself to you.
Approaching the Bible in this way, insight came to me, helped through the teachings on a cassette tape by the prominent English Bible teacher David Pawson. His talk was titled ‘Between Death and Resurrection’, which is the time slot we are in after we die, and thereby within which NDEs take place.
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