A mystic can develop the third or divine eye (dibba cakkhu) and see "bad" people going to a good place or vice versa, and if they teach this from their own experience, many will be misled to assume that there is no result of actions when there is.
The random element that determines the next rebirth is the final moment of consciousness. That is not what it sounds like. That moment is very, very short. So we are not talking about what the deceased was thinking about in general but rather what in specific was passing through the mind. What is "mind," what is "consciousness"?
There is no self "here," but we cling to awareness and experience as if it were personal, as if it were us, as if it were our "soul," "ego," "personality," or "I." Pulled by that wrong view, we experience again and again the mental resultants (vipaka) and fruits (phala) of our actions. When we "die" we will not die. CONTINUED IN PART 2