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Maria sent this via email to us today (9 Aug 06)....

Maria's NDE

I am writing to you about an out-of-body experience I had when I was about 13 years old.

My name is Maria G Rodriguez and I had an out-of-body experience when I was young. One afternoon I came home from school and I decided to eat a little snack. I ate and felt tired so I went to the bedroom and laid down. I fell asleep and all of the sudden I felt my body being lifted up and I realized I was floating. I looked down and I saw my body on the bed, sleeping. I was so confused on what was happening to me that I looked around and I was still in my room, but out of my body and in the form of a spirit. I floated towards the window and I sat on thin air. I looked on my right and I saw another "spirit" sitting next to me but when I looked at its face it was covered with smoke. I looked around and I saw "other spirits" sitting in pairs and their faces are also covered in smoke.

Then all of a sudden, I started to go up and up. I was so high up that I could actually feel the clouds on my face and skin. I felt so at peace. I stopped and I saw the tunnel with the bright lights at the end of it. I started to walk towards the lights and as I was walking I felt the peace and serenity of the place. I wanted to stay there forever and I never wanted to leave. All of a sudden, I heard a voice saying "You need to come down it is not your time" I answered " I don't want to come down. I like it here and it took me awhile to get here and I don't want to leave." The voice kept asking and I finally said yes. After I said yes, I was drawn back to the window by my bed. It was a like a roller coaster ride. I was "sucked down by some force" back to my room.

I was back in my room and again I was looking down on my body. I slowly lay my spirit on top of my body and I woke up. To this day I still remember everything and I don't know if I died for a little while or it was just a dream. Only God knows what really happened to me that afternoon.

I am now 34 years old and I am a Christian. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I surrender my life to God. I give God all the glory, all the praise, and all the thanks for HE is worthy.

I was baptized and raised Catholic. I went to Catholic school and I attended Sunday Masses and received penance for my sins. In the past, I thought I was a good person and would go to heaven because of all the things that I did like being baptized when I was an infant, receiving penence for my sins, and receiving Holy Communion on some Sundays. But I was wrong, and I began to realize that everything that I did was worthless, unless I ACCEPT and CONFESS Jesus Christ as my LORD and SAVIOUR and believe in my heart, then I will be saved. The word of GOD said in Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift from God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." It doesn't matter if I was Catholic or not I needed GOD to save me. I don't follow any "religion" I follow GOD and HIS words. For heaven and earth will pass away but the word of GOD shall not pass. HIS words are good yesterday, today, and tommorrow.

Accept and Receive the LORD unto your hearts and Confess in your mouth that HE is the SAVIOUR and REDEEMER of our souls and spirits. REPENT and let HIM inside your heart and HE will give you peace. JESUS said "MY yoke is light and MY burden is easy, come to ME, who are tired and I WILL GIVE YOU REST." PRAISE the LORD.