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Near-Death Experiences, a New Take on Life, Part 5: Can God and Evil Be Reconciled?


The being of light, as I discussed earlier in this series, is without exception experienced as a source of great, unconditional love. In NDEs that include this element, it is, of course, one of the things that make the experience so overwhelmingly positive, and one of the reasons, if not the main one, that the NDEr usually longs to stay in that world and doesn’t want to come back to this one.

Which raises a problem: why the contrast between the two worlds? In one, light, love, peace, and joy reign. In the other—this one—those elements are certainly present, but so is a lot of misery and evil. Since the being of light can only be described as a deity, not infrequently identified by NDErs with God, what is this deity’s relation to the world where so much is wrong?