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Discernment and Near-Death Experiences

Years ago I read a book about a near-death experience and how it helped make the person a Christian. I was still a little mixed up about my faith at the time and was looking for different things to read. The book actually helped me. But about three quarters of the way through the book the writer started talking about all these things angels told them and some of them seemed kind of...off to me. Obviously I believe people can have supernatural experiences but I worry about how some promulgate their interpretation of their experiences. And sometimes people will give their words extra weight because of their experiences.

In 1 Thessalonians 5 we're told, when it comes to mysticism ("prophetic utterance"), never to despise such, but we're also told to examine it carefully, take what is good, and leave the rest. It's apparent why that passage is relevant. Deceptive spirits operate in supernatural categories (as well as all aspects of life).
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1 comments:

Sophia's Favorite said...

I have said it before and I'll say it again, the testimony of people in that condition is suspect. By definition, if you're losing consciousness, your brain ain't on its A-game.

Nothing against any of them; but nobody should pin anything on the evidentiary power of their experiences.


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