Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Near Death Experiences
I was asked about Near Death Experiences and their interface with conversion. Here's my take:
The advantage is that they know there is a continuation of life after the death of the body. However, whether they use that knowledge to advance in light and truth or not is individually determined.
Some have used NDE's to become guru's and sell books or give talks. That may detract from getting more light and truth. The thing about growing in light and truth is that it is always directly connected with the humility of the person. Humility or openness to new ideas and greater understanding is required to move from wherever you may be at present to a position of greater truth. It is that openness to new ideas which is indispensable to gaining knowledge of God.
Closed minds, particularly those that may grow out of religious experiences or beliefs, are not benefited by what great things God has to offer in the continuing education of His children. Joseph Smith once commented that it will be "a great while after we have left this life before we will have learned" enough to be saved. It is not all to be understood in this life.
Openness to ideas and further instruction is necessary to continue in the path of truth and light. A NDE may open one's eyes to some truths, But the fullness of what is to be taught or gained from God is not given in a single experience or in a brief tutelage from missionaries. It is a lifelong quest.