The Boy Who Allegedly Went to Heaven and Returned

Regardless of what you may think of The Bible or the theory of a supreme being such as “God” or “Jesus” what are your thoughts on the afterlife?

You find that some people who don’t believe in God, Jesus or The Bible still believe that we go to an afterlife when we die. I believe that it’s embedded into our minds that when we die we still exist.

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So would you believe a child, aged 11 (who was actually 7 at the time of the alleged event) died and witnessed heaven himself? or would you believe that his claims were fabricated by his family to sell books or the somewhat more logical explanation that he was dreaming. Little boys have big imaginations.

Para-normality always intrigued me as a child and well into my adult years I would consider anything that is “mysterious but possible” to be absolutely amazing so its no wonder that when I saw this book in a local store I had to pick it up and take a look at the cover which read:

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.


Colton’s father is somewhat conservative and traditional according to the book. I’ve noted the following:

– If you don’t have Jesus in your heart, you go to hell.
– Everybody in heaven has wings, except Jesus. The boy’s grandpa had “huge wings”.
– God zaps pastors with power when they preach.
– Angels have swords to keep demons out of heaven.
– Soon there will be a big war between “bad people”, demons and monsters against believers, God and Jesus. Jesus wins and throws Satan into hell. 
Firstly, how can you not believe in Jesus if you died and rose to heaven and then witnessed Jesus for himself? What happened to the good old “I’ll believe it when I see it” theory?
Feel free to correct me but would pastors need to preach in heaven?Surely all of their work on earth is done and they have an eternity to relax?

I don’t really know how much I believe the story but as much as I don’t doubt the possibility, this really seemed like a bid to attract people to changing their ways and possibly going to church, however it’s definitely a decent read if your into the whole “life after death” concept and it will certainly raise your eyebrows at times. In an eerily convincing way, this story has little evidence to back it up but its all down to the reader.

About Author



As founder and editor-in-chief, Cask J. Thomson has exhausted his life as a graphics designer, political activist, freedom of speech advocate, anti-censorship promoter and a published author of several computer science books and a graphic novel. As well as running the publishing company linked to WordMean, Cask has several aspirations as a musician, producer and journalist. Thomson was born in the United Kingdom and currently resides between Sydney, Australia and Alicante, Spain.

  • QuickMythril

    to address the points you mention in the book:
    – If you don’t have Jesus in your heart, you go to hell. (this could just be his interpretation of the idea that if you aren’t a good person then you will sort of torment yourself over it in the afterlife.
    – Everybody in heaven has wings, except Jesus. (even a 4 year old can understand the words of a pastor, and this definitely seems influenced by things he heard and pictures seen when he was little)
    – God zaps pastors with power when they preach. (i like this idea, but again a 4 year old may still comprehend a little about being filled with the holy spirit.)
    – Angels have swords to keep demons out of heaven. (also something he would have heard and seen pictures of)
    – Soon there will be a big war between “bad people”, demons and monsters against believers, God and Jesus. Jesus wins and throws Satan into hell.  (again this is a common theme during sermons.)
    so when i first heard about this, i thought, wow he knew about the miscarriage!  but he may have heard them talking about it at a young age.  no way to really verify this.  if he really had an “out-of-body experience”, his mind could have come up with an explanation using ideas he related to best.  his father being a pastor, that would be heaven.  i don’t really see god as a big man in a chair, more like an energy similar to what people call the holy spirit, but some people have to put names to ideas, and faces to names to help them comprehend.  i believe there is more than just the physical plane we know here on earth, but whether or not a spiritual realm is actually “heaven” doesn’t seem like it matters.  everyone interprets things differently.  if you have ever heard of the idea of an astral plane or the akashic records, which is a non-physical location that contains imprints of the energy of everything that has ever happened.  this could explain how he would see people and learn information that he never encountered before.  to me this proves that there is more to this world that what we can see.  i always felt heaven is going to be what you expect it to be like.  if you are a bad person, deep inside you know and maybe you can never forgive yourself for what you have done.  this is what people would experience as hell.

    • Cask J. Thomson

      totally agree!
      Thank you for the comment, in the end it all comes down to the reader of the book

    • Giuliana D’Angelo

      People criticize according to what they know. I think if we were on that position (of the father), perhaps our thinking may be different from what we discussed in here. Anyway, we should respect the opinion of others about their faith.

  • Vladlena Nyzhnik

     Frankly speaking, I do not believe in this story. The main reason is that the hero of this  invention is a boy. For sure he wants to become a hero among his friends.

    • Jebuz

      I agree with you, and like the author said – the story is a little far-fetched knowing that the pastor was running a failing church in an agnostic county.
      Bit suspicious

      • Js

        You guys do not beleave becouse you do not know anything about Jesus. Later when you die then you know what is the true.. even you want to get back to life again to say sorry, but that should be to late… :) Jesus loves us, think about that, He want to say that to you… :)

        • QuickMythril

          i know all about jesus (as much as you can without actually having died and seeing what happens), that doesn’t mean i believe any story that i hear without thinking reasonably about it. i don’t want to sound negative. just because someone doesn’t believe this story doesn’t mean they are not christian or they are bad people.

          • sabo

            so if the sister is miscarried, how did he know her or was she named before she was miscarried. i believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

            • Cask J. Thomson

              Well that all comes down to the reader. If you believe in God then it may of happened, but if you are a dead-set atheist then its a lie.