I personally do not consider it a "religious" experience. I apologize for using inaccurate terms. Perhaps this will clarify:
I went elsewhere. I saw a being, and spoke to it. I saw several other beings of a different sort. My subjective impression of these different beings was that they were of a higher, or different perhaps is a better word, evolution than ourselves. Many of the people I know define the first being they meet as "God" not in the personal sense of savior, per se, but in the original definition of a "God"-- being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship; specifically : one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality --
You're still attributing an entirely subjective experience, (which occurred only
within your own skull, despite the attribution of the individual subjective experiences of others), to supernatural causes. There is no evidence supporting such attributions and much counter evidence of an hallucinatory experience stemming from oxygen deprivation in the brain.
I don't dispute that I, like everyone who dies, suffered from oxygen starvation-- of course I did. That is a medical fact. I also do not dispute that said oxygen deprivation causes hallucinations. It certainly does.
Then you do acknowledge the medical basis for skepticism concerning attribution of such effects to a supernatural cause. As to the foundational content of such hallucinations, there are other possibilities.
What I have found interesting, and the reason I actively seek to speak with other who have experienced clinical death, is the commonality in the hallucinations. At the time of my first experience, I was nine years old. My upbringing and the cultural influences I had experienced did not provide a contextual reference that could logically explain my particular experience. My particular hallucination, if you prefer that word, was not in my world view. I assume that if you, personally, experienced a hallucination and saw something that you could not possibly imagine or explain, you would be curious, as well-- I believe, based on reading your posts, you would probably be quite curious. I can't imagine someone like you just dismissing the experience out of hand. That would, after all,be very closed minded.
As with alleged U.F.O. abductees, there are commonalities in their "shared" experience, ("shared" being a misnomer in this instance and NDE instances because they actually consist of groups
experiences with apparent
commonalities). So, let's look closer at what conscious and subconscious previous religious exposures a nine-year old could have had. There's television, contact with other kids who had been religiously-indoctrinated and the inability of brains most nine-year olds, (or 99 year olds), to process a hallucinatory experience in any rational manner. After all, the brain was starved for oxygen and synapses were firing/not firing sporatically triggering jumbled images, smells, tastes, sounds and "sights" - all of these internal fabrications, (were not as a result of external stimuli). Given that chaos, anything can be imagined - even retroactively interpreted, especially by 'sharing' the experience with others who are capable of retroactively reinterpreting their NDE as well. Once such 'sharing' occurs, you're going to get some generalized commonality of agreement, ("white lights", "authortive voices",
"dead relatives showing up", "alien probes" etc.).
A "miracle" by definition: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment
for me, at nine, the event was definitely unusual-- in that it had never happened to anyone I knew, and outstanding, in that it stood out as unique from other experiences. by definition, therefore, at the time it was a "miracle".
A nine-year old's interpretation of events as 'miraculous' is dubious due to the general and relative inability to discern fact from fantasy at that age, (this is even carried into the misattributions of older people).
Definition of angel: an attendant spirit or guardian the other beings I spoke to had arranged themselves around me. The subjective impression was one of being accompanied, observed or watched over, i.e. guarded, though not in a restrictive or negative manner.
I believe I have clarified the nature of my experience, somewhat.
The internal experience remains entirely a claim lacking external evidence and therefore, cannot be equated which a factual event for which independent evidence, (not simular 'depositions' of other hallucinating during NDEs), does not exist. It then becomes a matter of "faith", (a belief for which there is no evidence).
Just to clarify, I had an NDE during a car accident in which the vehicle I occupied rolled-over. The paramedics who revived my after some firemen pulled me from the smashed vehicle indicated I was "out", (not just unconscious), for "awhile", (they probably timed it, I didn't ask). I experienced no 'religious epiphanies' nor aliens, angels or miracles.