I was recently watching some documentaries about people who had died but were sent back.
Some went to see the underworld/Hell and got revealed what the life is about, returned completely transformed. What appeared to be repeating element in these kind of experiences, was that they shouted to God at the greatest moments of despair surrounded by the darkness, and God/Jesus made Himself known to them rescuing them from the pits of hell. Going through something like this is probably helping to change a person for the rest of their lives.
Others got directly to heaven. What caught my attention was a young woman who was not particularly Christian, but seemed pretty nice (at least after what she had been witnessing). So the thing is, while she apparently was not a confessing believer or so, she still got to be with God in heaven. My conclusion about this is, that sometimes people may be Christian in spirit, although it has not (yet) dawned to them. Maybe she had soon got to understand that herself?
My question is as the topic is titled. Sometimes God is doing His work hidden to us until the time comes. Certainly, there are many professing Christians who would perhaps to do better to boast less and reflect more. Not that the Word of God ought not to be made known, but if it's done aggressively people may create negative associations towards it. We should always remember we are representatives of the kingdom, so having some substance will make a difference.
The point of this topic would be, that we try to more perceive in spirit what God is doing within His children, sometimes the mercy is just on the tip of the tongue.
Whilst I am not pulling whatever anyone goes through in their near death experience as the ground rock of my faith, seeing different nears death experience versions of people with different cultural mindset gives some insight about to what degree human mind as such can understand the truth. Even when it has not been particularly exposed to it.
Lingual or even religious settings do not play the major role. Does not even Paul speak of the pagans who have been circumcised by the spirit?
I am not making general statements about universalism, just that God's work is often hidden to human eye. What these near death experiences on the other hand seem to point out, is that one can shout to God even after removed from the body. Since they however came back, I don't however know if it can be related to actual dying.
So these are not that much of statements of faith, as they are pondering about the issues. Let the discussion begin.