Basically, it is the story of young Colton Burpo who apparently has an out-of-body experience where he goes to heaven for a short time during a surgery, but then returns. He gradually reveals truths to his family about his brief visit. I figure Mr. Burpo must have been inspired by the
The story (and yes, I consider it a story more than an account) has been a rather good
There is little argument that we are interested in what comes after this life.
Atheists say there is nothing
Hindus say you get to keep returning in various forms
Muslims suggest 72 virgins for the best of the best
Scientologists say you'll never get there if you know how to heal yourself
Christians say we will stand before God in judgment after death
...and the list goes on.
There's no doubt "Heaven is for Real" is a popular story. But does a story's popularity prove its truthfulness? While I doubt the story's veracity, proving it false is not my first matter of importance. There are plenty of reasons provided by bloggers and reviewers debunking the
Its prominent popularity suggests (1) a good many self-professed Christians are biblically illiterate enough that they swallow dangerous fables without knowing it; and (2) a good many Christians still read to be tickled, rather than critically and carefully digesting what is said on the pages before them.
Jesus warned his followers to be on guard for false teachers and their false teaching (Matt 7:15-19). Either you believe what he says (as revealed in the bible) is true, or you don't. It's that plain and simple. If you believe what he says is true, and if he says heaven (and hell, too) is for real, then why is there so much interest in needing confirmation about what awaits us on the other side of the grave from a 4-year old boy?
The bible confirms that all have sinned and that all are in need of a Savior. The bible also tells us that after we die we will stand before God to be judged, and that judgment is an eternal pronouncement. Will you be ready? The bible tells us that today is the day for salvation, for we do not know what tomorrow holds.
Or do you need a 4-year old to confirm that, too, before you'll believe it?