If you ever talk to someone who has been close to death, chances are that they will tell you this experience changed their lives. Being close to lose ones life and then survive can result in a sense of rebirth. Old habits, values and motivations are put aside and a new life emerges out of the ashes of the old and it is liberating. To almost lose life itself puts things into perspective and it becomes apparent what is valuable and what is not. In part, this happens because when someone are about to lose everything, it becomes unmistakably clear what he or she truly fears to lose and what really does not matter at all. My claim is that the experience of almost dying comes close to the experience of becoming a Christian. However, it does not compare in full since the event that leads you into a relationship with Christ does not allow for death to be avoided.
We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life (Rom 6.2-4).