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TITLE: EXPLAINING, (EXPLANATIONS OF), NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES
What do we really know about "Near Death Experiences", and what do we know, that we don't want to know? Find out the "whole story" about "Near Death Experiences", including the parts, they would prefer you never knew.
THE TRUTH ABOUT "THE SCIENCE" OF "NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES" (NDEs)
But it's not just, that the cause of this preferential treatment, is bad enough on it's own. It is also true, that the presentation and argument, being given that very same preferential treatment, is also, a demonstrably false narrative.
So if you are "trying" to figure out "what the truth is", concerning NDEs, chances are, you are going to have to do a lot of investigative research your own, and then, "cut through" the layers upon layers, of propaganda lies" and misrepresentations, to finally "get to the truth" about it. (Because there is a lot you will have to "see through")
PRELIMINARY "CAUTIONS" AND "CLARIFICATIONS"
"NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES" ARE NOT THE "WHOLE EXPERIENCE"
The research into "Near Death Experiences" is obviously fascinating research, and has advanced a very good documented understanding of the "experience" of "dying". But it is not the "whole story" of what happens "at death" (once "death" is "final"). What does a "dead person" actually experience, 10, 30 or 60 days later? (when they are "finally dead") Nobody knows, unless they are a prophet. "Death" in it's "final form", maybe very different, than the transient "experience of dying".
In the U.S., an estimated 9 million people have reported an NDE, according to a 2011 study in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Most of these near-death experiences result from serious injury that affects the body or brain.
So, it would be a mistake to surmise (too much) on that research, which is like a "snapshot" of what people experience when they are "dying" or shortly after "clinical death" (prior to full "biological death"). It is like trying to figure out a whole "football game" by watching the "opening act" of singing of the "National Anthem" only. You wouldn't deduce from those opening scenes, where the entire stadium is in unity, patriotism and song, a violent battle on the grid-iron, was just about to get started. And it may be that the final state of "death", and the temporary transition of "dying", are just that different, as well.
But what this research did document concerning "Near Death Studies", was that "consciousness continued" after the body had ceased it's functions, in any measurable way. (And been medically declared, "dead") This "news" was greeted with immense "hostility" from Atheists, even in the "scientific community", who worked with the zeal of a fundamentalist missionary, to discredit not only the research, but the entire discussion of it, at all. It challenged a "basic premise" in Atheism, and "laid bare" it's assumptions concerning both "life" and "death" and their lack of understanding (philosophically) of "human consciousness". Which despite the research, has not fundamentally changed. The justification for this entrenched position is the claim, that there are "chemicals in the brain". And of course, there are. But that is not all, there is, in the "brain". There is also "electricity","electromagnetism","energy" and "consciousness". And... all these other things are just as "real" as the "chemistry".
CLARIFYING "REALITY" FROM "BOOK-DEALS","MOVIES" AND "MONEY SCHEMES"
Whenever something becomes "lucrative", fraud and abuse, becomes it's next best friend. And not everything that is "turned into a book", or "a movie" has any "truth to it", other than to "make money". "Pop-culture" has a way of "exploiting" and "capitalizing" everything for money, and reported "NDEs" are no exception. The article below is not written to justify, any of these productions or publications. Most of which are probably in some way, distortions or caricatures, of a most serious topic.
It has to be acknowledged, that even in the "reporting" of NDE experiences, the "word" of the "patient" is the only source of information (other than the medical data on record at time of death). And included in the "collection" of thousands of interviews and cases, over decades of collection, are certainly some, that are simply fraud. What researchers have tried to do, rather than look at any single one case, is synthesize all of them into "generally recognizable patterns". (And call for "scientific investigation") into what has been "learned".
Not every report of an NDE is real. (Just because the person says so) The most "real" information about this topic, is probably the least ever heard, and the very information, even the researchers, are "embarrassed" to publicize. That is the nature of many things, in a society driven exclusively by fame, power, or monetary gain. This topic, would be no exception, to the rules of human behavior.
However, having acknowledged all that, recently it has been claimed, that NDEs, have been fully "solved" (by "science"). There is definitely and conclusively "nothing to them" but the "brain chemistry" of a "dying brain". End of story. The only problem with that claim, is that, it is prematurely leaping, to some major conclusions, and may be an intentionally false presentation. Not an accident, or a mistake, or an exaggeration, but an intentionally false presentation, of what has been really "discovered". (which in reality, can fit into a "thimble") It's not "nearly" as "conclusive" as is being "presented", from these sources.
WHAT'S "GONE WRONG"
SCIENCE IS GOOD, BUT LYING (WITH IT) IS NOT
About seven-in-ten U.S. atheists are men (68%). The median age for atheists is 34, compared with 46 for all U.S. adults. Atheists also are more likely to be white (78% vs. 66% of the general public)
SUPPRESSING SCIENCE TO PROTECT PROPAGANDA
SCIENTISM: DEFINTIONThe belief that scientific methods can be applied to all problems, with the consequent application of inappropriate scientific methods in unsuitable circumstances.
THE DEATH OF "NDEs" OR "THE DEATH" OF "ATHEISTIC MATERIALISM"?
THE "FACTS" BEHIND THE CLAIM OF "SCIENCE"
WHAT HAS "BEEN DISCOVERED"
3. Some people who simply "believed" they were "going to die", also experienced NDE experiences.
4. Descriptions of what is "experienced" often include "culturalized expectations".
WHAT HAS BEEN "CLAIMED" BY "ATHEISTS"
BUT... NOT SO FAST
HERE'S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED...
Please read CAREFULLY and CLOSELY the "details" above of what is being called "science", and how this "science" was actually "deduced".
THE CLAIMED "SCIENTIFIC THEORY" IS NOT "SCIENTIFIC"
WHY A "CHEMICAL IN THE BRAIN" MEANS "NOTHING"
MELATONIN OVERDOSECan you overdose on melatonin? While melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in the body, taking too much supplementary melatonin can disrupt your circadian rhythm... It may also cause other unwanted side effects. So, yes, you can technically overdose on melatonin.
CLAIMS OF "DUPLICATING" A "PHENOMENA" IS A VERY OLD "GASLIGHTING TRICK"
But most people in the public today, under a certain age, are not aware that this "trick" has been used before. It has a very "old" history. Along with "Atheists" claiming anything they do not "agree with", is an "hallucination", one of the other things they have rountinely done, throughout their history, is "gaslighting people" with "duplications". In other words, if I can "fraudulently" "duplicate something", then that "proves", it is not "real". (and the problem is, that virtually anything can be "duplicated").
The "idea" that just because you can "duplicate something", therefore it proves, it is non-existent, is a "trick" that has been used to "discredit" a number of things in the past, for decades, that turned out to be completely and perfectly real.
"SCIENCE PROVES" IT'S JUST "SWAMP GAS"
"CLAIMS" OF "BRAIN CHEMICALS" REQUIRE "PROOF" OF "DOSAGE LEVELS","TRIGGER EVENTS" AND "PHARMACEUTICAL EFFECT" AT TIME OF DEATH (AND COULD "DISPROVE" IT'S OWN CLAIM)
"CHEMISTRY" IS NOT A "SUFFICIENT ARGUMENT" ON IT'S OWN (EVEN IF COMPLETELY TRUE)
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings to search out a matter.
Someday, hypothetically, you might even be able to use "Quest Diagnostics" to test for a "blood marker", for whether or not, you really had a "real" NDE, or not! But, it wouldn't change how the experience, was "interpreted theologically", (At all). Antagonistic Atheists, wouldn't be able to understand that, because of the constraints of their "ideology". But, the only thing that "discovering the chemistry" would change, is that hypothetically, Quest Diagnostics would be selling more "blood tests". (Because some people would want "to prove" their experience was "the real kind") and not "just imagined".
"Explanations" do not equate to "non-existence".
We can "explain" how it "rains". That doesn't mean, it no longer does.
In "theology", the truth that "God makes it rain", is not removed or "invalidated",
because of the laws of molecular precipitation, that "explain how it happens", are "discovered".
(In fact, they were discovered by Robert Dalton, a Quaker, at Manchester Theological
Seminary) And... He never once stopped thinking, "God makes it rain".
discovered, "how" God accomplished the process. (Which from the perspective of Reformation theology, was the "honor of Science" to do)
"CURRENT SCIENCE" DOES NOT "SUPPORT ATHEISM" AS IS CLAIMED
RESIDUAL ELECTRICITY IN THE BRAIN CONFIRMS "THEISM" (NOT ATHEISM)
It was the assertion of "Theism" 5 thousand years ago, that the entire universe, came from "energy" (not matter). At this same time in history, forward even for a few more millennia, Atheism, was busy declaring, the world had always been here, and always would be, "as you see it now". And... everything in it that "mattered", was never anything but "matter". (Ideas that are now laughable in "science)
2. Residual electrical activity in the brain. It has been "believed", for millennia, that there was residual "consciousness" in the corpse of the dead. Some extended this period up to 3 days. Finding, there may in fact, be a basis in "scientific evidence" for this "belief", hardly advances the case for "Atheism", or dispenses of the entire topic of NDEs as a "challenge" for Atheism, in their ideology. Residual electrical currents in the "brain" of the dead, validate a millennial-old belief, held in numerous funerary traditions in theism, all over the world. The development of this discovery, does much more, to advance "Theism's view" of the dead (and death), than Atheism's.
"Discovering this" certainly does not render anything "conclusively negative" in regards to a theistic view of life and death. In fact, the exact reverse is actually "true". And because "electricity" introduces the subject of "Quantum Physics", you now have "documented science" providing the "connecting piece" (bridge) to the very real element, of "the super+natural" in NDEs. ("super+nature") See below.
BIO-CHEMICAL MECHANICS OF "IMPENDING DEATH BELIEF" CONFIRM "THEISM" (NOT ATHEISM)
CONSEQUENCES OF "BELIEF" AND "NON-BELIEF" ARE "PHYSICALLY REAL"
2. Atheism has long held, "belief" has no "consequence" because it is "imaginary only". If it is demonstrated "belief" has a "direct biological consequence", and that it is significant enough to "change biological chemistry", which then in turn generate "brain chemistry" which then produce "heaven-like NDE experiences", how has this actually "helped" the case for Atheism? Now you have "bio-chemical mechanics" demonstrating the "efficacy" of "theological belief" to "induce heaven". What you have really done in that "assertion" is "prove the theology" of "Theism".
In fact, the "author" of this argument, fully deserves a "thank you card" and probably a "check" for services rendered, from the entire "Southern Baptist Convention" (And they could also cancel all their "Apologetics" classes, in all their "seminaries") as they won't be needed, anymore. (This is a perfect example of an Atheist, who just choked on a gnat, and swallowed a camel)
He probably doesn't even realize what he's done, however. He's probably still grinning at himself when he passes a mirror, admiring how clever he was to come up with that one. (Wonder how long it will take him, to figure out what he really did?) Maybe, when he finally hears, he's being quoted verbatim, by illiterate, Pentecostal snake-handling Churches, in the Appalachian mountains, in the "coal-mining counties", of rural West Virginia, Kentucky and East Tennessee, it will "finally dawn on him", what he actually did? Maybe?
(Just in case you're not familiar with "Snake-handling Churches" they believe that by intentionally exposing themselves to "Near Death Experiences" by "handling poisonous snakes & drinking poison" and "hopefully "surviving" [which often doesn't happen] they will "display the glory of God")
"CULTURAL EXPECTATION" THEORY CONTRADICTS "ATHEISM" (NOT THEISM)
KEY FACTS REMAIN UNACCOUNTED FOR, IN "ATHEISTIC PRESENTATION"
OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES ARE NOT SIMPLY "A FEELING OF"
"EXPECTATIONS" AND "BRAIN CHEMISTRY" AS "MECHANISMS" RULE OUT WHAT HAPPENS
"BRAIN CHEMISTRY MODELS" ACTUALLY PROVE IT IS NOT "JUST BRAIN CHEMISTRY"
VERIFIABLY "FALSE CLAIMS" MADE BY THE "ATHEISTIC PRESENTATION"
NDEs ARE NOT "SUPERNATURAL"
The "primary definition" of the word, "Supernatural" is defined as "of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe". The word "supernatural" is made up of two words;"Super"+"natural". "Supernatural" refers to "Super+nature" (meaning nature beyond the senses). When the term was coined, there was no such knowledge of, or instruments capable of measuring "invisible things", such as "telescopes","microscopes","radio-waves","light-spectrums", etc. All of these instruments allow us to study, what in the past, would have been clearly understood as "the super+natural" (the "invisible world") beyond the "visible observable universe".
NDEs ARE "DEFINITELY" "SUPER+NATURAL"
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IT'S NOT REALLY "HEAVEN"
TITLE:The Death of "Near Death":Even If Heaven Is Real, You Aren't Seeing It
The "pronouncement" from Atheistic sources, who cannot really correctly either define or understand, what the term "God" even refers to, are hardly capable of understanding what the concept in the Scriptures is speaking of, when it mentions "heaven".
And certainly, if you listen to them explain their understanding of "hell", it is clear, the case is the same there, as well.
And making "theological pronouncements" based on an alleged "simulation" of the "experience", through the (unverified) use of a alleged drug, "it is therefore not heaven", would not even be an accurate assessment, "theologically", there either. Their "theological pronouncements" are also "inaccurate theologically".
Even with the premise of the "false" claim (as you saw above, no such thing actually happened), but, even given (if it actually had) it would still, not be so easily "dismissed" (theologically) as "definitely not heaven". Here's why.
IT'S REALLY HEAVEN
2Co 12:1 To boast, indeed, is useless for me, for I shall go on to visions and revelations of יהוה.
2Co 12:2 I know a man in Messiah who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, Elohim knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
2Co 12:4 that he was caught up into paradise - TS2009 Translation
2Co 12:2 I know a man in Messiah who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, Elohim knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
2Co 12:4 that he was caught up into paradise - TS2009 Translation
There was obviously some "brain chemistry" going on, in this person who was "caught up to the 3rd heaven", and may have been "out of the body", when Paul cited this event. But Paul considered it "real" nonetheless.
Paul did not consider the "brain chemistry" of the "experiencer" involved, to have been a relevent point. The "experience", was still, the "experience". (And it was cited as "authentic")
Rev 4:1 After this I looked and saw a door having been opened in the heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here and I shall show you what has to take place after this.”
Rev 4:2 And immediately I came to be in the Spirit and saw..in the heaven,- TS2009
Rev 4:2 And immediately I came to be in the Spirit and saw..in the heaven,- TS2009
Likewise, when John "experienced heaven", he too, probably had some "brain chemistry" which was active in his "brain", when he "experienced" this "vision of heaven". It's pretty hard to have a "functioning brain", without some "chemistry" taking place, to make it "function". But there was no "confusion" over what he "saw". It was "heaven", and involved a "revelation" about "future events" (prophecy). If he had been "simply hallucinating", he would not have been able to accurately "prophesy" those "future events". (And he did, quite remarkably, if you ever hear the truth about what he prophesied) SEE "Antichrist For Dummies" on this channel, to learn more.
The point being made here is that, just because there was a "chemical in the brain", did not invalidate "theologically" any of these "experiences" of "heaven". They were not "treated" as "hallucinations" (theologically). The existence of "brain chemistry" either as a catalyst, a mechanism, or a marker, did not render the "experience" the person "experienced" as "non-existent". It was "still real", in terms of "theology".
"BASIC PREMISE" OF THE "ATHEISTIC ARGUMENT" IS KNOWN TO BE "FALSE"
"IT WAS JUST AN HALLUCINATION"
For Atheism, the word, "Hallucination" is the universal "catch-all" "phrase" for all things "spiritual". It is repeated like a "religious confession". But the only problem with that claim, is that while 100 years ago it might have been "plausible", with today's technology and science, it no longer is. In fact, continuing to "insist on it", in the face of what is really known, today, constitutes simply a "denial of fact", or, the promotion of a "deception".
Atheists wrongly think that if they can "identify a chemical in the brain", then the "information" from the "experience" it "produces" (is not real). They can "blame it on the chemical, then dismiss the experience". And here we are are talking about "naturally occurring chemicals" in the brain. But the idea, that because it was induced or accompanied by a "brain chemical", therefore somehow the "information" or "experience" was "not real", is simply another "theological" fallacy, advanced on the part of Atheism, because of it's assumptions and presuppositions.
now, these are the same people who claim that if "God" really did show
up personally, in their own living room, and spoke to them in person,
they "still would not believe". (because it would be dismissed, "without
evidence" as an "hallucination", and nothing more) But, in order for something to be an "hallucination", means it "cannot be there" in "reality" (when, in their very own example, it really is). Which is the whole "point" of their example, to begin with.
BUT ...VIDEO CAMERAS DO NOT "HALLUCINATE"
the "Catholic priest" whom they always "debate", conveniently never
follows up with the most logical question to that hypothetical; "But what if the event were "captured" on Video?" As is explained in the article, "Why God Really Does Exist",
there is a "reason" the Catholic Priest, is not really trying too hard,
to "win the case" for "the existence of God". Even though, it is [by definition] "fully known" in "Science" to be "real".
Naturally, this most "logical question" is intentionally never asked. "Video documentation" would "remove the possibility" it was "just an hallucination". But the "Atheist" is conveniently never presented with this "dilemma" to have to "solve".
the fact, that numerous "spiritual things" (all previously dismissed as
"hallucinations" by "Atheists"), have been routinely documented on "video"
recordings? (Everything from "ghosts" to "orbs" to "lights" to "angels"
to "auras" to "dead people") and just about anything else, you can
possibly imagine. (or "hallucinate" as the "Atheist" would universally and falsely claim).
"video cameras" do NOT "hallucinate". They "record". You can
"misinterpret" what is on a "Video", and you can "fake" a video, but you
cannot claim "it's an hallucination". And not all such videos that have ever existed, on earth, are
"fakes" and "misinterpretations". (Thousands of such videos now "exist", and only 1 has to ever be "real")
COMMON "SPIRITUAL ENCOUNTER" DOCUMENTED ON VIDEO
"BRAIN CHEMISTRY","REALITY" AND "VIDEO RECORDINGS"
When there is a "Video Recording" of a "spiritual encounter", and it is documented that there was in fact, something "physically' present to actually be "seen" or "felt", people often relate their heightened sense of "fear".
That is clear "evidence" of a "brain chemical" known as "adrenaline". (It affects your "brain") So the question is, did the "brain chemical", also "produce the Video"? Do you believe that anytime there is a "chemical in the brain" doing something, that it therefore means, whatever is seen or experienced (was just all a "hallucination", even when there is "documentation" that it is NOT)?
Because that is "precisely" the position of Atheist "scientists". (Is that a "reasonable" belief?) Or, is it even a "rational" or "logical" position to hold? (even when there is "clear evidence" to the contrary?)
There have been numerous such video "anomalies", some of which have been investigated, analyzed and documented, (some even by the "security company" responsible for the "camera" system, trying to figure out "what's wrong" with their system?). (So much so, that cable TV has turned this into a "genre" of "routine junk entertainment")
The phenomena, has historically been so "frequent", it is
now part of "pop-culture" entertainment. (And people sit on their "couch" and "yawn" when they see it) because it is "so common". "No one" is either "shocked or surprised", by what they see, ...it is now, ...just that "common". (And FYI, no one is "hallucinating" when they see the videos)
WHOSE REALLY THE ONE "HALLUCINATING"?
HALLUCINATION: DEFINITION2. an unfounded or mistaken impression or notion
Question: When these "Video surveillance cameras" record this kind of "phenomena", what "brain chemical" caused it to "hallucinate"?
"HISTORICAL EVIDENCE" ON "BRAIN CHEMICALS" AND "PROPHECY"
ANCIENT "SHAMANS" FREQUENTLY USED "DRUGS" TO "SEE" "REAL THINGS"
In many eastern and ancient religions, "drugs" were precisely how "higher consciousness" was thought to be "achieved". (And they were used "intentionally" for that very purpose) The "Shamans" who specialized in identifying and preparing these "narcotics" never considered their "visions", and "experiences" they induced, to have been "empty imagination" or "hallucination" only. In fact, the reverse opposite attitude existed in these communities. (They were considered to be "real") and often these experiences were engaged for "prophecy". (Not only thinking the "visions" were real, but real enough to even "glimpse" an accurate view of future events) precognitively.
Ironically, the very "claim", that it is all "brain chemistry", actually originates from the use of just such a "narcotic" [DMT] used by "Shamans" in Brazil, for that very purpose.
Enough to such a degree, that these "cultures", actually used these "drug induced" processes, as a source for "prophecy". And, as anyone knows, in order to "stay in business" as a source of "prophecy", you actually have to come up with some, that really happen. Historical testimony, from these same cultures, said that many did. And in fact, so much so, they had a "loyal customer base" in these same societies, that patronized them. The Delphi oracle, in Greece, was a particularly famous example of this, and it's reliance on intoxicating fumes, to "expand consciousness", was a routine part of obtaining it's "famously accurate prophecies".
Just because a "chemical" was the process, by which something beyond a normal "state of consciousness" was "perceived", in no way necessitates the automatic conclusion, that therefore what was was "perceived" had "no reality" to it. In fact, there is a very long historical testimony, that demonstrates the exact opposite, was often observed to be the case.
EVEN THE PROPHETS OF "MONOTHEISM", DID NOT "DISMISS IT" AS "NON-REAL"
When someone is "highly critical" of something, it is natural for them to cite every criticism that they can validly think of in denouncing it, condemning it, persuading against it, etc. And no one was more "critical" of the use of "narcotics" to access "prophetic ecstasy" than the "prophets" of Monotheism. (Who saw it as a form of "demonic practice") The "penalty" for which, under the Torah, was a "capital offense" punishable by "death". It's really hard to get more "critical" than that. And...
These practices were condemned in Monotheistic theological traditions, and forbidden as "sorcery". But they were not condemned, because "there was nothing to them". In fact, the reverse was true. Even where they were "condemned" there is no testimony, in the Scriptures (Old or New Testament) that "declared", everything they categorically "produced" [from that "sorcery"], was ever thought to be, "non-real" and "all just in their head".
In the Scriptures, the view was quite the opposite and openly said to be the case. Not only were the words of such pagan "prophets" quoted by Paul, during his "evangelism" efforts (Acts 17:28), the use of "sorcery" was seen as "quite real" in it's "effect" on society. [Per example, Acts 8:9-11] (and that was the problem with it) There was an acknowledged "reality" to it, even if the "source" of that reality, was thought to be "demonic" in nature.
"Theologically", nothing was ever "dismissed as non-real", simply because a "chemical" had been used as a "conduit". And here we are NOT talking about "natural chemicals in the brain". We are talking about the worst case scenario of "drug abuse". The same kind of use of a "drug" that was happening with DMT, in Brazil, which allegedly "produce" the reported similarities to NDEs. (Even if it were all true as reported, it still would not simply "eliminate" the experiences as "non-real") "Theologically". [As evidenced in the Scriptures]. Something most "Atheists", would not know. Nor would it mean that what was "seen" was therefore, not "real", prophetically (Per example, the "Delphi Oracle in Greece")
If you think that NDEs have been "solved" by "Brain Chemistry", or "Dismissed" because they are now "explained", you've simply been "misinformed" by someone with an interest and motivation, to do so. Just like when the public was told "life" had been "created" in a "test-tube".