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Light at the End of the Tunnel

Near-death experiences affirm the Scriptures' teaching that we need to receive Christ before we die.

What does death tell us about life? In recent decades the door of death has sometimes seemed to have been turned into a revolving door. Through advances in medical resuscitation there were at last count some eight million Americans who, after clinically dying, were brought back to life. And what is amazing is the similar experience many of these persons go on to describe. They tell of feeling their soul leave their body almost like a hand withdrawing from a glove. They describe rushing down a dark tunnel and suddenly finding themselves in the presence of a brilliant being of light who touches them in such a way that they experience a sense of grace and truth.

N experiences must be tested against Scripture

What is a person to make of these things? As a Christian I would have to say that while such experiences, as they've come to be called, provide fascinating fodder for thought and conversation, we are wise to hold them against what the Bible tells us about life and death. In the words of Tal Brooke, the director of the Spiritual Counterfeits Project, we must do this because—and I want you to pay attention to this because it's an idea foreign to the culture of our time—experience can lie.

Indeed, as those who have been witnesses to a vision or the ravages of mental illness or the illusions of the likes of David Copperfield will readily tell you, experience untethered from the truth can be amazingly deceptive. This may be partly why God chose to give us the truth of his Word. He wanted us to have a reliable plumb line against which to evaluate our experiences and to rightly orient our lives.

In recent years books that have flowed out of these experiences, like Betty Eadie's Embraced by the Light, for example, have given ...

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church.us, a nondenominational, multisite church with locations in Oak Brook and Lombard, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

Eight million Americans have had near-death experiences.

I. Near-death experiences must be tested against Scripture.

II. Near-death experiences affirm many Scriptural teachings.

III. Near-death experiences warn us of hell.

IV. In the face of death, we urgently need to choose Christ.

Conclusion

We must ask the Father to firmly take hold of us here and now.