Everyone knows that death is a journey with no return, except for Christians who believe most firmly in the resurrection. This is undoubted, however, in recent decades it comes to a look out in the afterlife, a make some steps in Paradise, during states of deep coma, with flat electroencephalogram. Commonly when we talk about flat electroencephalogram, it is called clinical death, but this is not so, because the flat electroencephalogram is not absolutely a fatal event. To affirm the status of death, a fatal electric silence, we need more data, such as control of muscle reflexes, two electroencephalograms lasting 30 minutes in the space of six hours, electrocardiogram, and other data.
The electroencephalogram flat track is in front of a cardiac arrest after 20/30 seconds. After 4 minutes you have irreversible brain damage; to remedy this damage is practiced hypothermic cardiac arrest technique, artificially providing a blood flow in the brain. The point is that in a state of brain-you would have the phenomenon of Nde (Near Death Experience; Experience near the death). The subject came out of the coma and said to have had perceptions like the one he found himself in a tunnel with a bright light at the end, to have met his loved ones, maybe Jesus, the saints, heaven, he has seen beautiful landscapes, He has enjoyed a state of well-being.
These happy descriptions are those disclosed, however, not everyone who come from the state of flat electroencephalogram, or even from a deep coma, tell of having seen and heard something shocking, of pacifying. But many say they have nothing to say, only about 50% of the survivors say they have experimented peace, or,( it must be said) they have nice stories: just one of five had a great sense of peace. Others have had fears, finding themselves in tragic situations. Then only 13% felt separated from the body seeing it (autoscopy or, otherwise said, exomatosi).
It should be noted that the experiences of Nde have a constant connection to the cultural situation of the subject: if it’s an American, if he is a Hindu, etc. When an American sees the divinity sees Jesus, sees a Hindu Shiva, or otherwise. An American meets more the mother, an Indian father. Also, because everyone knows that the dreams we remember are the ones that we wake up, it must be said that the Nde occurs during the exit from the state of electroencephalogram flat track and awakening. there is no technological instrumentation to verify these events, only one must rely on narratives of the subjects, and then to their convictions.
It should be noted that the experiences of Nde have a constant connection to the cultural situation of the subject: if American, Hindu, etc. When an American sees the divinity sees Jesus, Hindu Shiva. An American meets more the mother, an Indian father. Also, because everyone knows that the dreams we remember are the ones when we wake up, it must be said that the Nde occurs during the exit from the state of electroencephalogram flat track and awakening. there is no technological instrumentation to verify these events, it must rely on the narratives of the subjects, and then to their convictions.
This bring us immediately to think that the Nde is a phenomenon that is part of the field of neuroscience, and that the outputs from the body are only a dream state, you can find a parallel in what is called depersonalization somatopsychic.
However, many people have said that it is a true lean in the other world, of being separated from the body.
This interpretation has a religious character, and it is taken as evidence for the existence of the soul, and the afterlife. In fact, the one that tells of an experience Nde said to have lived a very living reality, and if everything was pleasant, disseminates it, taking it as evidence of the afterlife, as actually happened event for access to Paradise. I also met a lady who told me these perceptions, not accepting the slightest objection. it is clear that there is, in such cases, a serious lack of catechetical preparation, which obviously it should not be attributed only to the person, but that it would control the phenomenon adequately.
The statements of moments of peace, of the afterlife encounters, they were taken as evidence of the afterlife. So the physician Raymond Moody (Life after death, 1975), the father priest Albert J. Herbert (I resurrected the dead, 1986), our Antonio Socci (Back from the dead, 2014) and the French theologian Francois Brune (The dead speak to us, 1989), and others.
Proceeding on this way we come very far, for example with Gloria Polo Bogota, Catholic extraction disbeliever although for a long time, which had a light by the auxiliary bishop of Bogotá to divulge her faith in Christ and it is fine, but, and it is the point, its quite strange and contradictory experience presented in the book “I was at the doors of heaven and hell” (Edited by Flaviano Patrizi. License, Creative Commons, 2011). The Auxiliary of Bogotá has not started a scientific verification of the experience of Gloria Polo, which in short is this. Struck by lightning, May 5, 1995, the woman would have been carbonized in the lungs, kidneys, liver, legs. Gone belly meat and ribs, the ovaries affected. In a state of cardiac arrest.The description is such that death is the result forced and immediate, but she adds that remained on the ground for two hours before help arrives. The reason was her body was unapproachable because electricity load as well as the ground hit by the lightning discharge (not really possible). The hospital reality, that she herself told, is less tragic: in fact, it was applied to her a breathing machine, then the lungs were not charred, the heart was activated with a defibrillator, her legs were cured and, raising the balance sheet, appeared the bleeding flesh. This is the woman’s narrative, but the exact clinical pathway wasn’t presented, although requested.
The woman exit from the stereotypical tunnel said to be entered into Heaven, to have seen the Lord Jesus, and the deceased relatives. SHe said that when she returned in the body: “As soon as I laid my feet (sic) of my soul on the head of my lifeless body, I felt like a violent undertow that introduced me into my body. I bounced like a ball and began to try the impressive pain of my charred body emanating smoke (A body irretrievably affected by the death, and therefore should be resurrected, but the soul it goes to charring and pain, and then not risen, like that of Lazarus) “.
As we see the Nde entered, the source of much misunderstanding, in Catholic Christianity.
Antonio Socci in his book (Back from the dead) does not see in it any conflict with the doctrine of the Church, but the conflict appears when reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), which at No. 365 states against any conception of dual ‘man: “the unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to the body shape; This means that thanks to the spiritual soul the body made of matter becomes a living human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature ”
The Council of Vienne (1311 – 1312) (DS, 902), approved by Pope Clement V, says dogmatically and then in a mandatory way: “Let us try this as erroneous and contrary to the truth of the Catholic faith, any doctrine or theory that asserts recklessly or suggested in the form of a doubt that the rational soul or intellectual substance is not really itself and the shape of the human body; and we define, because it is known to all the truths of pure faith and has barred the way to any error, that anyone in the future dare assert, defend or support obstinately that the rational soul or intellect, is not the form of the body human itself and essentially, he is regarded as a heretic. ” Denzinger No. 902. Clear the typical language of dogmatic formulation: “Let us try this”, “contrary to the truth of faith”, “call”, “future”, “heretic”. The Magisterium, therefore, says that the soul is the “form of the human body” and that, therefore, although the spirit is aimed ontologically to the body, so, out of the body, it’s not like an angel. Nor it has an ethereal body similar to the physical body.
Biblical anthropology is extremely clear in this regard, stating always the unity of man. It is not a duality (body and soul), but a unit made up of soul (spiritual reality) and body (physical reality). Duality is its concept of reincarnation to which Plato also adhered to. The man in the Bible does not present himself as a soul inside an interchangeable body, but has the immediate perception of the body and that is his body. To be quick around the theme of reincarnation just consider what says the letter to the Hebrews (9:27).
Gloria Polo is against reincarnation, and this is a good thing, but we must realize that the outputs of the soul from the physical body, imagining that the soul has an etheric body, the perispirit (spiritual wrapper), understood as an ethereal duplicate of the physical body from the spiritualist doctrine, they bring us right to the anthropological errors of spiritualism and reincarnation. We must not reject the nominally reincarnation as a position, you have to know why it should be rejected.
But things go on and break down the boundaries with spiritism and travel extracorporeal of shamanism, which is present in various cultures. Outputs which are not there, if not after death. there is no return after death, just in the resurrection.
The existence of the spiritual soul, substantial form of the body, is not just a matter of faith, but of reason (Cf. Thomas Aquinas, “Summa Theologica”, I, quest. 75,76.77,78).