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The Real Purpose of Near-Death Experiences: An Interview With Betty J. Eadie

Within the last few years, there has been a proliferation of books about NDEs, and several of them have been bestsellers. As Hornik’s piece mentions, sitting atop the New York Times bestseller list this week is Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon who chronicles his own heavenly experience.

Also, 2010's Heaven is for Real, a young child’s story of his trip to heaven written by his father Todd Burpo, still attracts readers.

However, Hornik’s NDE piece to my surprise makes no mention of the best-selling NDE book of all time, Embraced By the Light. And, as a long-time fan of Embraced, I was troubled by these two paragraphs in Hornik’s piece because of what I consider a glaring omission:

And NDEs show remarkably similar features all over the world, transcending religious and cultural backgrounds. One of those constantly reported features is the encounter with the deity. Strongly religious people usually perceive the deity (and sometimes other mythological beings) in terms of their own religion; but people of little or no religion also have the encounter and speak more generally of a “being of light.”

Most dramatically of all, the phrase “unconditional love” occurs repeatedly in these descriptions. The deity is reported to be what we would call nonjudgmental; entirely accepting; and a source of overwhelming love. Yes, the news is rather good.

Now, does any specific name come to mind when you read Hornik’s description of “the deity"?

Is there a possible name for “the deity” that Hornik neglects to mention?

(Hint: A beloved name that is most associated with light and “unconditional love,” one who is non-judgmental -- or forgiving -- and known as the source of overwhelming love?)

Hornik even writes that the NDE “news is good.” (Is he making a play on words referring to “The Good News,” which is the Old English name for The Gospel?)

OK, I will not be shy when stating that “the deity” described by Hornik is none other than Jesus Christ.

I am also not shy in revealing that, after reading Embraced By The Light in 1994, I had the opportunity to meet Betty Eadie. For the last 17 years, I have counted her among my closest friends.

Betty Eadie Betty J. Eadie

She is the one I call when I need serious advice or, at the very least, a casual attitude adjustment. And I consider myself very fortunate to have a friend who has actually embraced Jesus and, as a result, can provide heavenly counsel, which many times over the last 17 years I have desperately needed.

Now, I know it sounds rather silly to write “a friend who has actually embraced Jesus,” and I would not blame you for clicking away from this piece right now.

But those who have met Betty personally and the hundreds of thousands of people who have heard her speak (and the millions who otherwise have seen and heard her via the media) know that Betty has a heavenly countenance about her. It is a countenance that could only have resulted from embracing Jesus after her 1973 NDE.