Is it possible? Let's go to the word of God and take a look! 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows. Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell. Want to guess where Paul was 14 years earlier. He was on a missionary trip. Again we will go to the word of God... Acts 14:19-20 Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. In conclusion I would think that near death experiences are plausible and that Paul may have experienced one. It all seems to add up! Paul was stoned (perhaps to death or near it) and 14 years later speaks of an experience he had of heaven 14 years earlier! Hope this helps! Peace Sherlock
For me from a Christian view, the Bible teaches that the dead “are conscious of nothing at all” and are not living anywhere.(Ecclesiastes 9:5) For example, upon resurrection the Bible contains no words from Lazarus of experiences in heaven or hell. As such a significant matter, the Bible would not omit something that important.
There are at least two explanations. 1, psychologists say that the still-active brain of a near-dead person recalls and forms images under stress, interpreted by some to be glimpses of afterlife. 2, it’s possible that demonic forces are behind these experiences. Some feel Satan would not promote this positive idea, but 2 Corinthians 11:14,15 says: “Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light. It is therefore nothing great if his ministers also keep transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness.” If Satan can spread his initial lie—“You positively will not die”—he may even do it through the apparently most enlightening means. (Genesis 3:4, 5) The Bible instead holds that when we die we are in a state of sleep, or rest, and we await a resurrection to life on a paradise Earth as God originally intended. (Psalm 37:10,11,29)