What’s a Near Death Experience Like? (The Cale Clarke Show)

Have you or someone you know ever had a near death experience? Some might dismiss the idea as craziness but check out what Cale Clarke had to share about a recent study. It will amaze you and make you think more about morality, death, judgment, heaven, and hell.

Near-death experiences (NDEs) have been a topic of immense interest, with numerous books detailing accounts of individuals who claim to have visited the afterlife and returned. The study in focus, originating from New York City, was featured on CNN and sheds light on these profound experiences.

A particular case highlighted in the study is of an 80-year-old man, Aubrey Osteen, who underwent surgery after a heart attack. He claimed to have momentarily stepped out of our dimension during the procedure, witnessing his own operation and even overhearing the medical team’s conversations. He described an encounter with God and an angel who comforted him before he was sent back. Can you imagine experiencing this yourself? How would you feel?

The phenomenon of NDEs has seen a surge since the invention of CPR in 1960. Dr. Sam Parnia, an NYU intensive care physician and author of the study, aimed to understand the “hidden consciousness of death.” His research measured the electrical activity in the brains of individuals undergoing clinical death and resuscitation. Many reported heightened consciousness, vivid experiences, and even observing their medical procedures in detail.

A common theme among NDEs includes individuals reviewing their entire lives, evaluating their actions based on moral and ethical standards, often aligning with religious teachings about judgment in the afterlife. Some might feel sorrow or regret for something they did.

The study, published in the medical journal “Resuscitation,” involved teams in 25 hospitals across the U.S., U.K., and Bulgaria. They measured brain activity in patients undergoing resuscitation, and despite expectations of brain inactivity during clinical death, spikes of electrical activity similar to deep concentration or talking were observed.

Of the 567 participants in the study, only 53 were successfully resuscitated, and of those, only six reported NDEs. When their experiences were compared with testimonies from other NDE survivors, striking similarities were found, regardless of the individual’s cultural or geographical background.

Critics have argued that NDEs are simply the brain’s response to trauma, akin to hallucinations or illusions. However, after comparing the study’s results with existing research on hallucinations, Dr. Parnia concluded that the experiences are genuine and not mere tricks of a dying brain. What do you think?

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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.