Fear of death is one of the greatest fears that grips people, but the Bible tells us that Jesus can set us free from those fears. He conquered death! There is nothing to fear, only a joyful and patient waiting to meet our Savior face-to-face.
Hebrews 2:15-And release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57-O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? (56) The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. (57) But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 22:3-4-And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (4) They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
Near Death Experiences almost always result in a loss of fear of death
One of the outstanding characteristics of someone who has had an NDE is that he or she no longer has any fear of death. They’ve been given a glimpse into the world beyond, and they know there is nothing to fear.
NDEs are real!
The research on NDEs offers quite compelling evidence that these experiences are genuine. For instance, Dr Melvin Morse, author of Closer to the Light, wrote:
Michael Sabom, an American cardiologist, has done some fascinating work on out-of-body experiences and people who almost died of cardiac arrest. In these experiences, a person in a near-death crisis claims to leave his body and watch his own resuscitation as the doctor performs it in the emergency room or during surgery.
Sabom had 32 such patients in his study. Sabom asked 25 medically knowledgeable patients to make happens when a doctor tries to get the heart started again. He wanted to compare the knowledge of “medically smart” patients with the out-of-body experiences of medically unsophisticated patients.
He found that 23 of the 25 in the control group made major mistakes in describing the resuscitation procedure. On the other hand, none of the near-death patients made mistakes in describing what went on in their own resuscitations. This presented very strong evidence that these people were actually outside their bodies and looking down as they said they were.
NDE: Jerry’s story
In 1997 (at age 47), I was involved in a serious car crash with many major injuries. When I was trapped in the car, I felt no pain even though I had my pelvis broken in two places, a fractured tailbone, a rib that had punctured my lung, a fractured skull, lacerations to my face, and part of my ear was severed.
I saw a place of warmth, love, and friendship. It was something like a tunnel but not round. It was a walkway type tunnel that you see joining buildings or stores together, the type that goes over a street, not narrow, but wide. I walked along it, or it felt like I was walking but I don’t remember my feet moving. It was not bright on the sides of the walkway, but it was not dark either.
When I reached the end of the tunnel, I could see people. It appeared to be only from their waist up. It was not scary at all. Everyone was smiling and happy.
I saw faces that I recognized. I saw both my grandfathers and my father. It was very dark behind their bodies and I felt the presence of multitudes of others behind them.
Someone was shaking my hand as if to greet me. I think it was my father. He died of Alzheimer’s disease and was a mess when he died. But now he was upright and looking healthy and I realized just how short he really was. All these people were so very happy to see me.
At that point I felt the need to go back to the living. It was not a horrifying feeling but just a point where it was time to decide. I still don’t think the decision to go back was mine. I feel someone decided it for me.
My hand was still holding (not shaking anymore in greeting) the person who I first started shaking hands with. The hand was very warm and soothing. My hand slowly and gently slipped away as I floated backwards to the living world. Then it was over. I was back. In retrospect, I am not afraid of dying now.