A MAN who had a near death experience after being electrocuted believes he met God and claims there is no doubt about the afterlife.
A person known as Jobe believes he caught a glimpse of the afterlife when he was electrocuted when he touched a 7,400 volt power line. Jobe believes in a split second he was sent to heaven, where he met and spoke to God and is now absolutely convinced the stories of the Bible are real.
Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Jobe said that despite being electrocuted, it was an “entirely pleasant” experience.
Jobe said: “I left my body instantly. I was hovering above my body watching myself getting shocked with no fear but a strong sense of peace and love.
“I knew I was in God’s presence. I asked Him telepathically, ‘wow this is it huh? This is how I am going to die?’ Then boom.
“I was back in my body, flopping around until power resided. I was able to go to the hospital.
“The doctor said I should be dead or have major organ damage, but nothing. It’s been four years and no damage.
“I went from 95 percent faith to 100 percent faith and have a close relationship with the Lord.
“He still gives me that intense love feeling, that’s how I know he is with me.”
Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.
Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.
“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.
“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.
“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”
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Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.
Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, agreed and wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences.
“They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.
“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, precepts and experiences are an ineluctable consequence of the natural causal powers of our brain rather than of any supernatural ones.
“That premise has served science and its handmaiden, technology, extremely well over the past few centuries.
“Unless there is extraordinary, compelling, objective evidence to the contrary, I see no reason to abandon this assumption.
“Modern death requires irreversible loss of brain function. When the brain is starved of blood flow (ischemia) and oxygen (anoxia), the patient faints in a fraction of a minute and his or her electroencephalogram, or EEG, becomes isoelectric—in other words, flat.
“This implies that large-scale, spatially distributed electrical activity within the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, has broken down.”