Fact A Day

Fact a Day: September 22nd

The Facts on Near-Death Experiences (Harvest House, 1996) p. 22


What about the NDEs that teach reincarnation?

  The philosophy of reincarnation is also communicated in many NDEs. P. M. H. Atwater believes that “Reincarnation is a favorite topic for near-death survivors….For most, it becomes a fact of life”;* and, “They talk about reincarnation as if it were an established fact and, almost to a person, mention a life plan and speak of how our lives follow rhythmic cycles of development.”* Dr. Sutherland’s study indicated that “belief in reincarnation was also found to be noticeably strengthened.”* In her doctoral research, approximately one-third of those who had NDEs already believed in reincarnation before their NDE, a figure close to that of the general [Australian] population. But after the NDE, more than twice as many believed in reincarnation. They offered such comments as, “I couldn’t accept it at all, but I believe it absolutely now;” “Before I never gave it a thought but now I believe it definitely;” and, “I was aware of reincarnation, but didn’t have the firm belief that I have now…now I definitely believe in reincarnation, I have no doubt about it at all.”* Polls indicate that about one in four Americans also believes in reincarnation. However, reincarnation is not only a false belief, it is an occult belief and one especially damaging to the gospel. *For full documentation, please see The Facts on Near-Death Experiences.