Fact a Day: July 2nd - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: July 2nd

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p 9.

 

How frequent are these experiences? What are their implications?

 

Polls indicate that some ten million Americans have had a near-death experience, and the influence of these experiences upon the public’s perception of death has been dramatic. The NDE has played a major role in promoting the view that death may not be so bad after all. Further, millions of NDEs have helped to undergird an occult view of death (and even life) as something that is highly positive. For example, contacting the alleged dead or other spirits is so frequent in the NDE that the disciplines most likely to benefit from such episodes are mediumism, channeling and other forms of spiritism. Thus, if we examine near-death research as a whole it essentially confirms the mediumistic view of the afterlife.

In fact, as more scientists have become interested in the NDE, the possibility has emerged for a “scientific” necromancy to develop under the guise of death research. Because NDEs often involve contact with the dead, these experiences can be used to promote a “legitimate scientific” basis to study mediumism and other forms of spiritism. After all, some may reason, if dying people experience contact with the dead, how can scientific objectivity be retained if we refuse to study living contact with the dead—for example, through mediumism and other forms of the occult?

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