I’m sure you’ve heard stories before from people who have nearly died and then been revived (at least on television or in a book). There’s usually some story about seeing a white light and perhaps the disembodied soul of a lost loved one.
But stop right there. So the person isn’t really dead…just nearly dead. And yet he or she has at least a glimpse of the world beyond. But what does that say about God? That He lit up the all Welcome to Heaven signs before the sun went down? That He didn’t realize it was a false alarm? I can just see the billboards now:
So you saw the white light even though you weren’t really dead? Oops. My bad. That was supposed to be a surprise.