I just finished reading a book on near-death experiences. You know, these are the people who have "witnessed a new reality" on the other side of death. I say reality, because one could not convince those who have had NDEs that what they went through was not real. They happen "...completely independently from the functioning of the physical brain," says author Dr. Jeffrey Long, in his book, "God and The Afterlife." Dr. Long, a medical doctor and recognized NDE expert, further stated that a "convincing factor is that many near-death experiences occur while the person is under general anesthesia, when conscious experiences should be impossible."What is noteworthy is that many NDEs provide a description of the afterlife that, in a general sense, is consistent with what the Bible teaches. People tell of seeing a spiritual realm of God and heaven, of a perfect love that transcends anything on the human level, and consistent evidence that points to the existence of God. Does this mean, then, that the afterlife is one of eternal existence in the presence of a loving God, for everyone? Many people believe (and that the Bible teaches) that there is also a literal hell. Do NDEs describe anything fitting this? The answer is yes! Some have reportedly been to a deep, dark void with threatening beings, torture, and demons. One person cited in the book, mentioned hearing what sounded like millions of souls "weeping and wailing." (See the following Bible verses: Luke 13:28, Matthew 13:50, Jude 13, and Revelation 20:10).The hellish part of NDEs is something that no one would like to acknowledge, I am sure. But to be consistent it would have to be taken with as much credibility as the NDEs that attest to there being a heaven. It would not be correct to say that near-death experiences of heaven are real, but the ones about hell are not. These descriptions of the afterlife have been from people from every walk of life and beliefs, including atheists. The Bible teaches that God created each and every person with free will, but there is accountability. God will deal with everyone based upon the choices we make. What will your afterlife experience be like? Based upon what the Bible teaches, and backed up by NDEs, there is a conscious afterlife. One does not just cease to exist. In John 14:2-3 Jesus told his disciples that he was going to "...prepare a place for you." That place called heaven is described in Revelation 21. There is a condition for going there, however. I John 5:11-13 says, "And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life."The best part of all is that this is a free gift for all those who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal destiny, by recognizing that He died for your sins and rose from the dead. You can experience not only an eternal afterlife in the presence of a loving God, but forgiveness, hope, and peace, in this life now.