Afterlife: Man who ‘momentarily died asked God meaning of life’

A man who says he died on the operating table claimed he had a first-hand experience with God, where he questioned the meaning of life.

The idea of life after death has long fascinated humanity, as many are concerned about what happens to our souls when we die. Some religions, including Christianity, teach the essential part of a human’s identity continues even after the body does not. They believe God has divine judgement and decides when you live and die and whether you go to Heaven, or Hell.

Richard Cole, who died in 2016, was someone who claimed to have witnessed this first-hand.

In 2005, Mr Cole suffered an aneurysm – a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall that forced him to undergo emergency surgery.

It was during this procedure, which saw his heart removed during the process, where he claimed to have met the Almighty.

He said in 2016: “It was like I was unconscious for a bit, then I was conscious again. 

Richard Cole
Richard Cole claimed he met God (Image Copyright: YOUTUBE•GETTY)

“I wanted to tell the doctors that I was awake, but I couldn’t speak. 

“They started to open me up and use an electric saw to cut through my breastbone to get to my heart.

“But I was still conscious inside a heavy black fog, trying to figure out what to do.

“Then two beams of light came over my right shoulder and I started to turn around.”

Mr Cole then claimed he spoke directly to God, who instructed him how to get back to his body.

Mr Cole says he was on the operating table
Mr Cole says he was on the operating table (Image: copyright: Getty Images)

He continued: “He asked me if I had any more questions before I left. 

“So I said: ‘I’m going to have to revert to an old cliche, what is the meaning of life?’

“And he starts laughing before saying: ‘I don’t know why, but a lot of people ask me that.’

“‘But it’s really simple and when you come back you can ask me all the questions you’ve ever had.”

Mr Cole passed away shortly after giving the interview.

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Written by: Callum Hoare

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3 thoughts on “Afterlife: Man who ‘momentarily died asked God meaning of life’

  • 24th October 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Mr Cole’s experience shows vividly the nature of the Almighty God. He is a loving Father who shares our concerns and in whose presence there is absolute peace. Be

  • 8th August 2023 at 4:45 pm

    I tried to find Mr. Cole, I wanted to speak to him. Unfortunately I found out he passed away :(. But he’s with God now, so I am SO happy for him. Although, he is a holy man, he must be since God gave him a hug! Love to you Richard, bless you! Praise to you!
    All Glory be to God and His Holy Name. Amen.

    • 7th September 2023 at 11:29 am

      I was also about to talk to him, sorry to hear that he passed away. I hope he is sitting with GOD waiting for the answers for all the questions he ever will have.


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