Malin Friess's Reviews > 23 Minutes In Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment

23 Minutes In Hell by Bill Wiese
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Nov 14, 2014

did not like it
Read in November, 2014

On November 22,1998 Bill Weise fell asleep in his bed next to his wife Annette. Suddenly at 3 AM he claims he was transported to Hell for the worst 23 minutes of his life. Weise describes the following:
- stripped naked and vulnerable and scared
-2 enormous beasts 10-13 feet tall called Evil and Terror
-being locked inside a prison cell
-having his chest ripped out with flesh hanging but with no fluid coming from the wounds
- foul stench like open sewer, rotten meat, spoiled eggs, rotting flesh, and sour milk, sulfur
-darkness, pit of fire, lack of oxygen, insatiable thirst, heat
-and then a brilliant, pure, white light...rescue

Who am I to judge another man's spiritual experience? Does experience trump evidence? What are we to make a these after life experiences..such as "Heaven is for Real." Is it dangerous to hang our hat of faith on another's experience that may or may not be validated? Is it suspicious that no actual near death experience happened to Bill Weise who later became a pastor, author and speaker. An honest skeptic would likely write off his 23 minutes in Hell as a vivid nightmare.

1 star. Don't discount the theological reality of Hell (better described by CS Lewis as a door locked from the inside) but this account seems extraordinarily sensational and written to scare the reader. Not a helpful apologetic tactic.

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