Woman Writes “It’s Real” After Near-Death Experience, Proves Absolutely Nothing

Woman Writes “It’s Real” After Near-Death Experience, Proves Absolutely Nothing June 25, 2019

A woman from Arizona awoke from a near-death experience and immediately wrote, “It’s real,” proving absolutely nothing about the afterlife.

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Tina Hines was reportedly heading out on a hike with her husband when her heart stopped beating and she collapsed. Her husband, Brian, used CPR but her heart stopped again.

The story was first reported in May 2018, but it resurfaced recently when Hines’ niece got a tattoo and the artist shared the ink online.


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Had the opportunity to do a really special tattoo the other day, take a second to read the story you won’t regret it �� . @madiejohnson – “My Aunt Tina, one of the healthiest and most amazing people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died and was brought back to life four times by first responders before arriving to the hospital. She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousins journal wrote “it’s real”✍� The people in the room asked “what’s real?” and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes.”

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While some reports say she was “dead” for 17 minutes, others claim she died for 27 minutes. It’s notable that, in the original story, there was no number even mentioned.

Brian was able to bring Tina back to life using CPR, but her heart soon stopped again. Paramedics arrived and brought her back again, only to watch her code—her heart stopping—three more times. She was brought back a total of five times, and during that time, Tina says she saw heaven.

“It was so real, the colors were so vibrant,” said Tina. She says she saw black gates and Jesus standing in front of them, with a bright yellow glow behind him.

When she came to, Tina motioned for a piece of paper and pen and wrote the words “It’s real.”

To me, this sounds like every other famous near-death experience in which someone claims to have seen a god or a heaven, but with the addition of a piece of paper. I actually discuss this at length in No Sacred Cows, and explain that people in various cultures see their deities – proving that it’s not some sort of an objective experience.

A lot of people claim to have special knowledge of a particular afterlife that was revealed during a near-death experience (NDE), including a neurosurgeon and a six-year-old boy who told his story about meeting angels in The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven and later said he made it all up to get “attention.” Scientific evidence, however, suggests these events are caused by chemical reactions within the brain and are not real-world occurrences from any external forces

NDE memories usually consist of vague colors and feelings, and when there are specifics, we don’t ever see anything truly groundbreaking—it’s often just the same recited lines from the movies. The problem here is obvious: during what are more appropriately called near-death hallucinations, people tend to see what they expect to see—what’s culturally familiar. In other words, during NDEs, a Christian is more likely to see Jesus and angels while a Hindu will probably see Yama, the god of death, and his messengers, called yamadoots.

Hines may have seen her particular savior, but a Muslim would have seen Muhammad because that’s what they expect that they will see. The fact that this story is going around now only means that people are desperate to believe in an afterlife.

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