Anyone who has read anything about life after death and near death experiences has certainly read reports of people seeing a light at the end of a long tunnel and feeling like they were being pulled towards that light. Others, such as Don Piper in his book "90 Minutes in Heaven", say they never saw such a tunnel and light. Though Piper did not see a tunnel, he was "enveloped" by a very bright light. Others talk about seeing their body laying on the ground before seeing the tunnel and/or light. Motley Crew bassist Nikki Sixx had a near death experience following a drug overdose in the 1980s. He claims to have had such an experience. While there are differences in NDE accounts, there does seem to be some similarities. A bright light, a tunnel, seeing their body, hearing voices, etc. While not all NDEs contain each of these things, they are common. I think the question we have to ask about these experiences is: Are these experiences real? Or are they the result of some brain activity (dream, hallucination, etc)? Personally, I have always been much more willing to look seriously at the NDE accounts in which a person can describe, in detail, events that were going on (on earth) while they were "dead". In their book "Beyond Death", Gary Habermas and JP Moreland give several such accounts. The reason that I take these accounts more seriously is that we can verify the details and thus the experience. NDE accounts that lack these verifiable elements simply cannot be checked. We don't know if they were real. Maybe the tunnel, light, and heaven experience was just a dream? We just can't be sure about those NDEs since there is nothing verifiable about them. I also think the verifiable NDEs are more useful to the field of apologetics. After all if we can use such verifiable experiences to prove that the human mind can exist outside of the physical brain, life after death must be taken more seriously in the realms of science. In a sense, that would end the debate. The atheist would be silenced and silenced by the very thing they thought would help their cause, science. At this point I believe a word of caution is in order. Even if such verifiable NDE experiences end up proving life after death, we dare not make the mistake of putting too much trust in such experiences. After all, NDEs are by their very nature "near death" experiences. Therefore such experiences cannot be trusted to provide detailed information about things like heaven, hell, and God. For final and authoritative answers we must look to the Bible, the Word of God. Human experience, no matter how interesting, is not the final truth. The final truth is God's Word and therefore we must examine everything in light of that Word. Any NDE that contradicts God's Word must be dismissed as a dream, a lie, or a deception. So while NDEs are interesting, and while some of them may end up being an important part of the debate with the atheist, we must take each of them with a grain of salt.