Can We Visit Heaven While Still on Earth?

People with near-death experiences often describe a light from Heaven.
People with near-death experiences often describe a light from heaven. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Everyone has thought about life after death at some point. But millions of people have gone beyond thinking about it to actually experiencing it.

One Gallup study shows millions of people have had "near-death experiences" that gave them a glimpse into the afterlife.

So what did they see?

Pastor and author John Burke has explored that question by researching 1,000 of these near-death experiences, writing about them in a new book called Imagine Heaven

CBN News reporter Lorie Johnson spoke with the New York Times best-selling author about what he learned. He talked about people who have experienced the afterlife encountering a "man of light."

Burke contends it's clear from their descriptions that this man is in fact God, pointing out that those who believe in Jesus recognized the man as Jesus.

Each person said they had the remarkable sensation of being completely known and yet completely loved at the same time in the presence of the "man of light."

Burke also tells the story of a blind person who experienced the afterlife and was able to see for the first time ever. He observed a bright world where light was emanating from everything, just like the Bible describes the source of light in heaven.

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