How do we explain near-death experiences?
Many people report having near-death experiences, which often include any of the following (as noted by Brent L. Top):
- Lifting out of one’s body and being able to observe other people, events, and activities going on (e.g., resuscitative efforts)
- Intense emotions: commonly of profound peace, well-being, and love
- Rapid movement through darkness, often toward an indescribable light—becoming “engulfed” in the Being of Light’s overwhelming love and knowledge
- A sense of being somewhere else, like a spiritual realm or world
- Incredibly rapid, sharp thinking and observations, enhanced senses and abilities
- Encounter with deceased loved ones, sacred figures, or unrecognized beings with whom communication is mind-to-mind
- A life review, reliving actions and feeling their emotional impact on others
- A flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe
- Sometimes a decision to return to the body
Even Joseph Smith had a near-death experience, Emma Smith recalled:
– Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, in Recollections of the Pioneers of Lee County (Dixon, IL: Inez A. Kennedy, 1893), 98.
How do we account for people being able to do things only explicable if they have a spirit distinct from their body?
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