Q. Lately I’ve been seeing programs on TV and in videos about people who have died and came back to life. Most of them tell a story of seeing a bright light and a tunnel and various other things. Several of the stories bring God into the picture but a lot of them do not. I wonder what your thoughts might be on this subject.
A. I’m not convinced the life after death stories are legitimate because they’re a violation of Hebrews 9:27, “Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment.”
In the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) Abraham refused to let Lazarus go back to warn the rich man’s brothers about the after life, saying the Scriptures were warning enough. If the Lord refused to allow this at that time, why would He suddenly permit all kinds of folks to die and come back now?
I stopped reading books like this because many of the ones I did read contained obvious conflicts with God’s word, such as born again believers being shown they were destined for hell because they had failed to forgive someone. I am also very concerned with the message some of these books are spreading, and that is the possibility of getting another chance to be saved after we die.