- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Pub (March 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565073010
- ISBN-13: 978-1565073012
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
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Deceived by the Light Paperback – March 1, 1995
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Here are some quotations from this 1995 book:
It is also important to understand that Betty Eadie is a Mormon, although this is veiled in the current edition of her book. Embraced By The Light was originally marketed in the heavily Mormon areas of Utah, Arizona, and Nevada as a Mormon testimony... The first edition also contained several obviously Mormon references that were altered in the mass-marketed version." (Pg. 22)
"In a television interview, Eadie used the idea of spiritual preexistence to explain the presence of evil in the world. She claimed that those who were tortured and killed during the Nazi Holocaust had chosen these horrific earthly situations before their birth. She seemed to think this somehow made the situation more tolerable. But the ethical implications of such thinking are astounding." (Pg. 26)
"Betty Eadie also claims to have seen her family in their home while her body lay in the hospital bed. But in typical Eadie fashion, she gives no corroboration." (Pg. 64)
"The original research of Maurice Rawlings (in his books Beyond Death's Door (ISBN#0-553-27142-3) and To Hell and Back: Life After Death Startling New Evidence) was critized by Kenneth Ring and others for not being scientific enough. Rawlings did not carefully detail how many people he had interviewed personally versus the number of secondhand reports he had reviewed. Nor did he specify the amount of time that had elapsed between the NDEs and the interviews." (Pg. 75)
"The results of an unofficial 1992 questionnaire ... indicated that of the 229 who claimed to have experienced the NDE phenomenon, only 23 percent had done so during clinical death... These findings contradict Melvin Morse's claim that one must clinically die in order to have the experiences associated with the NDE. Apparently his sample was too limited." (Pg. 110)
"(Carl Sagan claimed) the NDE is nothing but a reawakening during clinical death of the repressed memory of the birth experience. Sagan's cleverness aside, the dissimilarities between physical birth and the NDE are too great for his argument to work." (Pg. 169-170)
This, of course, is not a revolutionary idea which Doug Groothius "invented". In fact, faithful, biblical pastors have long-since recognized the problems with claims of NDE's - and, more recently the problems with Eadie's heretical book. However, perhaps nobody has articulated a Christian response as well as Dr. Groothius did in this fine book, and I for one am very thankful that he was bold enough to do so. Naturally, Dr. Groothius winds up having many critics for every book that he writes (as is evidenced by some of the scathing reviews posted under his books on Amazon.com), but this is common and expected when intelligent Christian scholars write things which are true, simply because pagans don't embrace the truth, but prefer the lies to which they are so accustomed.
Regardless, this book is well-researched, thoroughly biblical, and written in a way which can be easily understood by most readers. This doesn't make for a "fun" read, for the simple reason that the facts are so disturbing, and at times even frightening. Yet, it is for this very reason that Christians should consider reading the book. I would also strongly recommend this book to anybody - Christian or not - who believes that they've already experienced a "Near Death Experience", or who believes that most such claims are true.
However, readers who are not fully surrendered to the authority of Christ and completely dependent upon what his Word teaches are are quite likely to "take issue" with some portions of this book. Does this mean that Groothius's book is wrong? Absolutely not. On the contrary, it means that what the Bible says about spiritual warfare waging around us constantly (in Ephesians 6 and other places) is absolutely true, and that the devil is surely striving to confuse your thinking even as you read a book which directs you to Scripture, assaulting your mind and heart with his lies. Rather than becoming angry, though, why not simply lift up a prayer to the God who ALWAYS hears prayer, asking him to reveal himself to you, and to give you a peace about whether Dr. Groothius's arguments are valid?
As a Christian of many years, though, I was pleased to read such a clear and thorough treatment - from a scholar who is both full of knowledge and firmly committed to the authority of Scripture - of this controversial and commonly misunderstood subject. Dr. Groothius has devoted many years of his life to contrasting the claims of Scripture with the false claims of some of the more visible cults and religious groups, and he has easily become one of the most respected leaders in his field. I am so thankful to have a scholar like Dr. Groothius "on my side", and count him as a true gift to the church of Christ. This book, like his others, is a very useful tool for Christians to use in equipping themselves to defend the truth, and should - I hope - be read widely.