Near death experience (NDE) is the phenomenon that has been reported by numerous people over the years when they have nearly died or have clinically died and been resucitated. There have been lots of books written on the subject, some of the most famous Heaven is for Real, which was made into a movie, 90 Minutes in Heaven, and 23 Minutes in Hell, are just some of the more well known.
Of course, as I stated in my introduction to this series, as a believer in Christ, I believe in life after death, in fact I don’t even believe in a thing called death as much as a state of separation from those living in one dimension of existence, the temporal plane in which we currently live and moving to the eternal plane of existence. But anyway…
When it comes to the question of near death experience, and whether or not they are real, of course, the author of the article references research done using ketamine, which blocks certain chemicals in the brain and gives the person experiences of moving toward light, or drifting through a tunnel, or being able to review their life. Of course, critics of the research often note that there is no standard of qualifying means as to what such an experience is since they are incredibly subjective and that simply because you can simulate an experience does not correlate to causation.
What is interesting about this is that quantum physics has given some insight into what could possibly going on in such experiences, and the preliminary results, as reported in this piece, definitely give us pause to consider.
As a “proof”, this one really isn’t one since it is what goes on beyond the curtain of our immediate perception, and it is not one that I use to justify whether or not God exists or not.
Next up, proof nine: ambiguity.