In early 1993 I received a call from an embarrassed radio announcer at a Christian radio station in Washington. He confessed that he had recently interviewed a local woman who he now thought may have been a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Her name was Betty Eadie, and she was the author of an allegedly Christian book, Embraced by the Light (Gold Leaf, 1992). In it she gives an elaborate account of her near-death experience (NDE). The dedication reads: “To the Light, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom I owe all that I have. He is the ‘staff’ that I lean on; without him I would fall.”
I consented to do a follow-up telephone interview on the subject of near-death experiences and so purchased and read Eadie’s book.
As I read the short but fantastic account of Eadie’s experience on “the other side,” I quickly discerned that the “Jesus Christ” to whom Eadie dedicated her book was not the same one the New Testament attests. Eadie’s Jesus, an amorphously benevolent being of Light, surrounded her in such a way that she could not tell where her “light” stopped and his began. Eadie concluded, based on her NDE, that Jesus was a being completely separate from the Father, that he would do nothing to offend her (so she should stop regretting past deeds), that humans are not sinful creatures by nature, that human “spirit beings” assisted the “Heavenly Father” at the Creation, and that, despite appearances, the world is bereft of tragedy. She concluded, “I knew that I was worthy to be with him, to embrace him.”
On a recent 20/20 television program, Eadie elaborated on her theology. She told Hugh Downs ...1
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