Hi, Ask. Welcome. Could you please explain what you deem the "devil" to be, where it would get its power from and why it should "trick" people? That would help us to offer some comments about your enquiry!
that's one "hell" of a question to introduce yourself with
Actually you asked two very different questions.
1) are NDEs a trick of the devil. This question seems to imply that the answer to that applies equally to all NDEs.
2) whether the devil even has the ability to create such an experience.
I'm going to assume you mean the fabricated horny dude with the red face and goats legs which was merged with Christian doctrine to form some sort of anti-thesis to God and scare little children. Much like the witch in Hansl and Gretl, but with a bigger... um... attitude.
To get the answer you'd probably have to ask him (it?) personally, which I would not recommend. Word is, he has terribly bad breath.
You seem to assume that there is such a being as a devil. Now I know there are a handfull of NDE experiencers who say they saw the guy, and thousands of others who didn't (who therefore often assume he doesn't exist). I personally do think there are a number of evil spirits in existence, one of which may like to go by the title of prince of darkness among other even fouler names.
Now, that being said, I don't automatically believe all the hype that this entity has received. Particularly in evangelical Christian beliefs he seems to have become almost as powerful as God, instilling fear and inhibitions in people who are otherwise trying to live a virtuous life.
Whenever I notice something instilling fear in otherwise good people, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and my palms start to sweat. If I've had too much coffee my heart may start to palpitate a bit. See, I really do believe that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. If any enemy instils fear, you are doomed, if a friend does the same its even worse. It works this way for soldiers who train countless hours, not to get good at shooting and throwing grenades, but to convince themselves that they can handle whatever happens. In short to subdue and conquer their own fears.
While I do believe there are evil entities lurking in the shadows of the universe, I have no fear of them whatsoever. You see, I believe that God is Love and Light, evil is just a lack of those. Outside of God there is nothing (technically I'm a panentheist; burn me at the stake if you will) so god created us more like him than different. We're like a drop of oil split off the big blob floating on an endless ocean of nothingness. We have free will. We can choose light or darkness by turning our backs to the light. This does not make the light go away, turn around and it's there, as it always was and always will be. Switch on a light and darkness is gone, but it doesn't work the other way around! Now, if we have free will to choose light or darkness then how could anyone who doesn't choose to, ever end up in hell? Another consequence is that if NDEs were a trick of the devil that would mean that this entity has the power to present anyone with a reality that is so real its realer than this life and fake at the same time. How could a person have free will in such a situation? You couldn't and this would make God an accomplice to the devil. It also means we're basically all doomed and God is going to have the satisfaction of warming his virtual feet over our smouldering ashes for ever and ever amen. But wait, what does that make God out to be? Bit of a perv, if you ask me! Which brings me to another important theological principle for me: "God is not an 4$$hole"! Any theology (or other stupid idea) that makes God into an, lets say 'less than savory' entity (let alone something worthy of the name God, with reverend capital) is bogus.
So we're back where we started, a Good God and our free will; ergo a devil has zero power except what we give it by our own free will.
Now this is me talking, I'm a quite liberal pastor and I can be shockingly irreverent at times. So there's that... Besides it means I don't believe that taking the bible literally is the only way to get to heaven because doing that makes God into a despotic tyrant which makes Adolf Hitler look like a friendly old chap by comparison. But If you are a cover to cover bible believing Christian then you will have to look at texts mentioning NDEs in the bible. There's the apostle Paul's experience on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1) and John's visit to heaven in the Apocalypse (Rev 1:9) that I know of. Were they deceived? They evidently didn't think so themselves. The bible even has a guide for how to test the spirits. I recommend it, its actually very good.(1 John 4:1) And If it's right you have a very good set of criteria for discerning the truth of any particular NDE according to the Bible.
Hope this helps, Dennis