The Boy Who Allegedly Went to Heaven and Returned
So 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.
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.
I believe in Jesus and I believe in the afterlife but I don’t know what the afterlife will be like aside from the brief details mentioned in The Bible.
The God I have come to know is not a fundamental conservative but an understanding being whose rules are twisted by the human race so I found it quite hard to contemplate the words in this book. It seemed like a very Americanized version of heaven which really led me to believe that this little boy’s story wasn’t factual or full of truth. Lie detector tests are very inaccurate and would not stand in a court of law, yet no one has offered this kid an examination to help convince the skeptics and surely when such extravagant claims are made we are the first to try and prove it wrong.
I had a grandfather who told me that during a coma he “saw the light” and although I remained atheist for another 12 years after that moment I still kept my mind open to the possibility that we go somewhere other than the ground when we die. Sadly though, Colton’s father is reportedly a very conservative pastor and the following notes I made
about the story convinced me he had something to do with this experience:
- 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 and as the reader I must say I was pretty blown away.
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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.