This is something I've wondered about, and just decided to google. It was only the first thing which came up, and I don't have the the time or inclination right now to go more in depth.
I'm not saying I believe NDE's are genuine glimpses into the afterlife or not. Frankly, there's still enough woo in me that it would be nice to believe in them even though what critical thinking ability I have remains skeptical. But I wonder how a theist would interpret this:
The majority of recorded claims link NDEs to feelings of joy and comfort. A statistician calculated that 69 per cent of the thousands of cases he investigated reported a feeling of overwhelming love. When he broke his subjects down by belief (Christian, Religious but non-Christian, Non-religious, New Age, etc.) he found 100 per cent of people calling themselves atheists had experienced "tremendous ecstasy". http://www.near-death.com/experiences/atheists01.html
It seems to me that this would either invalidate the NDE as a genuine experience of life after death to the theist who believes that Jesus (or whatever other religious figure/belief) is the only path to salvation, or the idea that said belief IS the only path.
Or does the unbeliever who actually dies completely experience a moment of peace and bliss before being sucked down to hell (vicious little fake-out)? Surely, if there was a learning experience associated with a NDE, a loving god would make sure that this glimpse included a clear picture of the correct deity to be worshiped. And I know there are those reported that pretty much do that (easily explained through early, mostly abandoned indoctrination), but just as many, or more, might turn the atheist toward something of a new-age spirituality or similar without giving him any sense that a particular deity might be involved. So, no salvation there.
Anyway, just wondered whether any of our resident theists had two cents to contribute here. Anyone else welcome to chip in as well.