Question 136

By: Robert Serreyn

Question? Do you think that Near Death Experiences are Legit?


I agree with the fact that the person MIGHT had some kind of experience that I do not doubt.

I DISAGREE with those who TRY to claim that they went to heaven or hell and were allowed to come back to tell their story.

MOST of these FANTASTIC so – called Near Death Experiences have a couple of things in common.

– #1 The description that these people give of either Heaven or Hell CONTRADICT the Bible’s description of these two places.

– #2 The Gospel is NEVER given, you would think that AFTER having such an experience ESPECIALLY if you had a HELL experience you would want to know and be ADAMANT about getting the Gospel and getting it out so that you and others WOULD NOT go there EVER.

In the New Testament there are ONLY three people recorded to have been given a glimpse of heaven.

Stephen just before he died – Acts 7:55

(Acts 7:55)  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.

– The Apostle Paul – 2 Corinthians 12:2

(2 Corinthians 12:2)  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

– The Apostle John – Revelation 1:9-20

(Revelation 1:9-20)  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. (10)  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, (11)  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. (12)  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; (13)  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. (14)  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; (15)  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.(16)  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. (17)  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: (18)  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (19)  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; (20)  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

In the Book of Hebrews the Bible states:

(Hebrews 9:27)  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

Hebrews 9:27 tells us two things.

– #1 Man die’s ONCE.

– #2 AFTER death man WILL be judged by God.

ACCORDING to scripture there is NO COMING BACK to tell about it AFTER you have died.

The Judgement refered to in Verse 27 is speaking of the the two throne Judgements, One for the Saved, And the other for the Lost.

– The Judgement Seat of Christ – This is for the Saved Only and the Christians works either Good or Bad will be judged, this judgement is to DETERMINE the gain or loss of rewards NOT SALVATION.

(1 Corinthians 3:11-15)  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12)  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;(13)  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (14)  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15)  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

– The Great White Throne Judgement – This is for the Lost only, this Judgement is to DETERMINE the individual’s degree of punishment in the Lake of Fire.

(Revelation 20:11-15)  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. (12)  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (13)  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.(14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Bible says in 1 John 4:1 to TEST all things and compare them to the Word of God.

(1 John 4:1)  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

I have found that when you compare whatever people CLAIM to be of God or some spiritual experience that 99% of the time it is CONTRARY to scripture

In Isaiah 8:20 the Bible States:

(Isaiah 8:20)  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word (the Bible), it is because there is no light in them.

The Bible is our TRUTH COMPASS in which all matters of doctrine, spiritual experiences ect must be compared to and we are TOLD to Mark those things that DO NOT agree with the bible and AVOID it all together as such.

(Romans 16:17)  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins. the MOMENT you believe(TRUST in Christ ALONE) you recieve eternal life.

-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8

-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24

-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9

“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23