PLUGGING her book – Waking Up in Heaven: A True Story of Brokenness, Heaven, and Life Again – on an episode of Fox and Friends this week Crystal McVea told viewers of her encounter with God:
I saw an immense brightness, a brightness I could feel, taste, touch, hear, smell, that infused me. Not like I had five senses, but maybe like I had 500 senses.
This happened after McVea was given an accidental drug overdose by an anaesthesiologist that stopped her heart. The overdose, she said, had the effect of bringing her into direct contact with God – the Christian one, who lords it over heaven.
She added that the Almighty spoke to her without actually using words. However, she can’t quite remember the conversation that took place when God ordered her back to bed – something she was reluctant to do. God’s latest reject said:
When I came back I was only allowed to remember a few things.
According to The Raw Story, it’s not the first time Fox & Friends has pitched a book claiming anecdotal proof that the Christian afterlife is more than just wishful thinking.
Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, a guest on the show last December and author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, actually told viewers that he was certain the child victims of the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut, will remember their deaths in heaven but won’t feel any pain.
Despite the claims of authors like McVea and Alexander, whose stories of the afterlife are snapped up by gullible book buyers, The Raw Story says it is much more likely that these individuals experienced a measurable medical condition.
According to a 1975 study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, research on nearly 500 anaesthetized patients found that 11 percent experienced some form of mental aberration like extremely vivid dreams, awareness of the outside world and even hallucinations.
Additionally, much more recent research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that in a trial of 18 adults given psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in “magic mushrooms” 94 percent of the participants walked away from the trip saying it was one of the most profound spiritual experiences they’ve ever had.
A further 34 percent placed it as the most meaningful single experience in their life up to that point.