You must have heard of this book by now, Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. The book is about a 4 year old boy, Colton Burpo, who almost died, and went to Heaven. He then comes back and tells us all about it through his dad, the pastor! The book is a best seller, currently number one on the New York Times Nonfiction Paperback list. I find that fact much more incredible than anything written in the book.
I watched his story last night on “Dateline” while flicking mindlessly through channels. I knew this thing was big, but I was surprised how “mindless” it really was. Today, I did a little follow up, on-line research. One stop took me to a link to Denver television, Fox 31. Their on-line poll asked if you believe this young boy has been to heaven. I voted – the only way to see the results — and as usual I was in the minority. 92% (over 300,000) said they believed the young boy had been there while only 8% of respondents expressed skepticism. I figure many of the skeptics had different reasons for their doubt than mine.
The “Dateline” account framed the story with a very interesting false dilemma. “Do you believe Heaven is real?” If you do — guess what — this kids been there and he’ll tell you all about it. If you don’t believe Heaven is real – then I guess you’d have to think he didn’t go there after all.
It would appear from all this young man says from his trip and the things he saw, that the Wesleyan’s have it more doctrinally correct than any other denomination. Is it just a coincidence that this young man’s (he is now 12) father is a Wesleyan pastor?
Once again, as with the “Left Behind” series, Christianity hits the best seller list with a gross misrepresentation of what the Scriptures teach. Evangelical Christians buy the book in an excited frenzy of belief in the extra-Biblical. Non-Christians who are curious buy the book and this serves to show them what Christians really think (or maybe how little “think” we have).
I haven’t read the book. I don’t plan to read the book. I expect I’ll never read the book. Some would say that makes me a terrible judge to know whether or not the book is correct. All I can say is, “Here I stand – once again — gladly taking my place among the minority.”Steve Marquedant Sovereign Grace Reformed Baptist Church Ontario, California www.sgbc-ontario.us