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I was previously involved in a very serious accident which I fully recovered from. I have heard a possible scripture: "I will bring you to the brink of death in order to win your soul". Is there an actual scripture like this?

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Thank you for asking this question and sharing your near death experience and recovery. We are encouraged to hear that God has brought you through this terrible experience.

In answer to your question about the scripture, the closest verse we can find that is along the same description is found in Philippians 2:25-27. It says:

I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

This verse is written by Paul to the Church in Philippi. He states that Epaphroditus was sick, near to death, but God had mercy on him so that he could live and continue to serve God. There are no other verses that come close to this and none that talk about ‘win the soul’.

There are other examples through the Bible of people coming close to death, or even dying and God restoring them.

Firstly there is the prophet Jonah who spent three days and nights in the belly of a great fish, which probably would have killed him if God did not sustain him. Jonah 1:17 says And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Also Paul himself was struck blind before Christ restored his sight. He also faced many near death experiences which we read about in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28:  

Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.

Finally we know that Jesus himself died:

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30)

But three days later he rose again from the dead:

And the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. (John 20:7-9)

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
http://www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world. 
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Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Philippians 2:25-27
  • Jonah 1:7 - 2:10
  • 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
  • John 19:25 - 20:22

*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

*If anything in this answers affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at http://www.ucb.co.uk/prayerline


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