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Is the Near Death Experience (NDE) similar to Paul's Road to Damascus Experience?
The title above has astounding implications and shows us how God (The Son) may draw or change many people at the last moment. God obviously does not wish to override personal freedom/autonomy of persons but God knows all and has ways to get around everything. God will still interfere with personal freedom as a good parent will to a child if special circumstances require it. Shaul Paul was like a rabid dog when he was heading off toward Damascus to torment the early Christians there (Acts 9). The Lord stopped Paul just like a good parent would take a little child away from a cliff. Likewise the Lord may appear to an unsaved soul at their point of death in a NDE. If Christian Universalism (restorationism) is true than this would probably be something the Lord does to reach many.
The NDE is in many respects akin to Shaul Paul's Christophany near Damascus, but there are also some differences. What Paul experienced was seen in part by others, whereas an NDE is not. In the book by Moody, 'Life after Life', the author speaks about some of these experiences.
Christian Universalism (restorationism) is not a heresy. It is also not pluralism, the strawman that some use against it when they can not win a debate or refute it. This is a truly Christian position as long as it holds Jesus as the only savior and Lord. It is also not Unitarianism. It actually makes his victory greater. He pulls all through the narrow gate. Few can find this gate but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26)...Note: I am not convinced of it but I hope that Jesus will save all...
Of the three positions (Traditional burning hell, Annihilationism, Restorationism) the Traditional view is refuted by logic, scriptures, and philosophy. The clear cut majority scriptures point toward destruction/annihilation of the unsaved (e.g.Romans 6:23), however some verses only fit well with Universalism e.g. 1 Corinthians 15:22). The third choice gives Jesus the highest victory! I find myself thinking the Lord will save almost every soul but destroy the devil and his angels, which is somewhat mixed?
In 1 Corinthians 15:22 Jesus plainly is said to correct the fall of Adam and its results. Will he be successful or only get the job part done? Adam caused the fall of all who lived after him and Jesus is going to reverse this...I know Calvinist will ramble on about context and such but it is pretty clear, especially when we look at other verses such as John 12:32....
"Jesus said, 'And I, if I am lifted up from the Earth, I will draw all men unto me".
This verse does not mean that Jesus will draw some people, nor does it mean he will draw all but torment over 90 percent of them, which seems strained! The 'all' here is in the Greek text 'Pantas' and means the great bulk. It is not a hyperbole like we read of Solomon in 1 kings 10:24.
The Lord will reconcile all things (Col. 1:20) and have a perfected world and universe, something not possible if he keeps sinners alive in pain forever. There is no peace or reconciliation in that! They are either changed or removed! And one way for them to be changed is by God utilizing many ways to approach people. One of these can be a near Death Experience, among a multitude of other ways. Note: if this too advanced for this site I will remove it.