The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 31
What about children who have NDEs?
Not surprisingly, children do not have the characteristic review of one’s life, but some do experience the tunnel, the “being of light,” dead relatives and other components of the adult NDE. Unfortunately, even the small amount of research done to date indicates that these experiences frequently become the basis for these children accepting false views about God and death as adults. For example, Melvin Morse, M.D., has written the runaway bestseller Closer to the Light: Learning From the Near-Death Experiences of Children. It is based on conversations with hundreds of his patients, including children who had NDEs and adults who remembered NDEs as children.
In discussing his research with childhood NDEs, Dr. Morse comments that “the near-death experiences of children remind us of forgotten ancient truths.” And he gives examples of similar NDEs in ancient pagan religion such as the Egyptian mystery religion of Osiris, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead.*
In other words, even the childhood NDE can present us with a false message of universalism—that all will be saved, and that God is primarily concerned with good deeds, not specific religious belief. These childhood experiences can open the doors to a variety of occult pursuits later on in adulthood such as spiritism, developing psychic powers, and uniting medicine and the occult.*
*For full documentation, see The Facts on Life After Death.