A WOMAN who claims to have met Jesus Christ during a near-death experience (NDE) is convinced life after death is real.
The woman, who introduced herself as Theresa, believes she had a profound experience of the afterlife after she was poisoned by her boyfriend. The incident, which occurred in 1990, left Theresa flying through a tunnel after which she was surrounded by “bluish-white light”. She remembers seeing her aunt and Mary Magdelene, one of Jesus’ followers.
Theresa described her bizarre experience to the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF).
She said: “They spoke to me, yet they had no mouths to speak, I just knew what they were saying.
“It was the most wonderful, loving, peaceful feeling I have ever felt.
“I had so many regrets that I spoke to my aunt, because I had neglected her so badly – and yet she forgave me and told me how much she loved me.
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“In the next instant, Jesus Christ himself reached down and picked me up.”
Theresa compared the feeling of being held by Jesus to being held by her father.
At the same time, she felt undeserving of Christ’s attention.
Theresa looked into his eyes and said she will never forget how wonderful they were.
She asked Jesus if he hated her because she had a drug addiction.
Jesus replied: “No. I only want you to know that I love you.”
The pair talked a bit more before Jesus set her down.
He then told her he would never give her more than she can handle and Theresa woke up back in her body.
She said: “I remember, I jumped out of bed, I felt so alive.
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“The only thing was I hurt around the top of my head. I felt like I had been hanging.
“I hurt in my palms, under my heart, in my feet – I knew then, that I had been washed in the Blood Of Christ, my Savior.”
Despite Theresa believing the NDE was real, most medical experts argue there are non-supernatural explanations behind them.
According to Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) researchers Neil Dagnall and Ken Drinkwater, there are a number of leading theories.
One such theory suggests NDEs are hallucinations caused by an insufficient amount of oxygen in the brain.
Similarly, NDEs could be triggered by dying brain cells.
Another theory suggests the dying body has a way of naturally releasing the psychoactive chemical dimethyltryptamine (DMT).
The researchers said: “Currently, there is no definitive explanation for why near-death experiences happen.
“But ongoing research still strives to understand this enigmatic phenomenon.”