The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 22
Do NDEs frequently represent an initiation into the world of the occult?
Dr. Raymond Moody is the author of the smash bestseller Life After Life. For over 20 years, he has worked on the cutting edge of NDE research, talking with almost every NDE researcher in the world.* He is amused at the tremendous power of the NDE: “The most impressive thing about NDEs to me is the enormous changes in personality that they bring about in people. That NDEs totally transform the people to whom they happen shows their reality and power.”*
Unfortunately, for many people this NDE transformation is really part of a powerful initiation into the world of the occult. The presence of the “being of light” and the alleged dead, the development of psychic powers, the insulation against Christian belief, and the promotion of an occult philosophy and a liberal religious worldview prove this. While the NDE, in particular the deep NDE, tends to make people religious, even deeply religious, it does not make them Christian. In fact, it makes many people deeply religious in a way that is often anti-Christian. As we saw, it is true that distinct and usually positive personality changes may result. These changes, however, are often reminiscent of, though not always equivalent to, “higher self” transformations found in cultic, metaphysical, occult and New Age literature.*
For example, the NDErs’ concept of God is more liberal, Eastern or occult. From their initiation they know God loves and accepts them (and everyone else) apart from personal faith in Christ, and their basic, positive personality alteration tends to reinforce this conviction.* Thus, according to Ring, “The NDE not only changes an individual’s life, but often completely and radically transforms it….It would appear justified—again in some, surely not all, instances—to claim that NDEs tend to confer a new personal identity upon the NDEr as well as bring about major changes in behavior.”*
*For full documentation, please see The Facts On Life After Death.