So I guess this is the year of the “Christian” movie, right? We had “The Son of God” New Age Jesus movie. Then we had the Mean God of the Old Testament “Noah” movie. Then we had a movie about standing up for your faith when Hercules becomes an atheist philosophy professor– “God’s Not Dead.”
And now we have a movie based off the book about a young boys “experience” in heaven with Jesus, “Heaven is for Real.”
In the book, Heaven is for Real you have a little child, who didn’t die (never flatlined) but who claims to have died and gone to heaven during a surgical procedure.
He claims to have met family members he never knew about in real life. Those are pretty startling claims. In fact, I admit I would be shocked if one of my children shared with me these same revelations.
But there are some things that really bother me about the account.
And I am not going to go into too many details, because there are plenty of other blogs that I have seen that have done much better research and writing on this topic. But I do want to point out a few things.
The experience this boy relates is nothing like what the Bible describes as heaven. There is no scary cherubim with eyeballs all over them, and wings covering their faces and feet, that cry “Holy, Holy, Holy” 24/7. I mean, when I read that I tripped out on it. I can’t imagine what a little kid would think if he died and saw them! Don’t you think he would trip out on them? There is no sense of the weighty glory of God, that makes you bow down in reverence.
In the book, you have Jesus, wearing a crown with a pink rhinestone in it, and a rainbow horse.
It is different.
I think if we want to know what heaven is like we need to focus ONLY on the Bible.
Because anyone can say that they have had an afterlife experience, right? People have them. And they don’t always validate the Bible.
Most of them in fact, contradict the Bible.
Many people have had near death experiences, this has for a long time been a New Age Phenomenon. It is now selling a lot of books in the Evangelical community.
Such things are very enticing. A few years ago, before I seriously became a student of Scripture, I was a New Ager – without knowing it. After casting off a life that was not for me, I devoted myself to God – I had been at the point where I thought that as long as I thought about God everyday, I was saved. He has since proven me wrong. In an effort to learn more, I had been loaned a book titled Saved By The Light by Dannion Brinkley, who died three times and came back each time to tell about it. I read further books on the subject, and began to read books by psychic Sylvia Brown.All this time, I still believed everything the Bible said, I merely assumed that these experiences expounded and clarified certain things. But when Sylvia Brown began to say that she accepted the Bible yet did not believe in Hell or demons – and that there was a Mother God, I began to realize that I was actually following the New Age movement. I had been led astray by Lucifer. The Bible clearly indicates that there is not a “Mother God,” and that there IS a Hell and that yes, demons do exist.Consider what is said on Near-Death.com about “religion.” “God does not care which religion is best. God does not care what religion people practice. They are all a blooming facet of the whole. All religions refer to the same God.“[3, http://www.near-death.com/experiences/research06.html%5D As we understand that much of these experiences are from Satan and likely other fallen angels, does this quote not clearly indicate that Satan’s purpose is fulfilled? By leading people away from the Bible, they believe that God does not care what we do in this world. In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (See entry: “Is Jesus Really God?”) Christ makes it clear that He is the only way – so how could all paths lead to God? Satan has succeeding in making people believe that it does not matter what you believe, further indicating the nature of most NDE’s. (The Truth Blog)
But why are Christians experiencing this New Age phenomenon?
I don’t know . . .
Famous occultist Edgar Cayce, had many of these Near Death Experiences, and none of them validated the Biblical afterlife.
“Edgar Cayce had more near-death experiences than anyone ever documented. Using hypnosis to induce a near-death experience, Cayce made over 14,000 journeys into the spirit realm and was able to access virtually unlimited information by visiting the so-called Hall of Records described by a large number of near-death experiences. Cayce revealed that his subconscious mind (which he identified as the “soul”) would leave his body and explore the dimension where all subconscious minds are connected – a dimension similar in description to Carl Jung’s Collective Unconsciousness. It is the realm of thought, imagination, dreams, after-death, and near-death states where all things are possible.” (Neardeath.com)
Edgar Cayce was NOT a saved born again Christian. He was NOT believing in Jesus for salvation. He had “experiences with death, and this is the false teaching that he came back to share:
As I went out, I realized that I had contacted Death, as a personality, as an individual or as a being. Realizing this, I remarked to Death:
You are not as ordinarily pictured – with a black mask or hood, or as a skeleton, or like Father Time with the sickle. Instead, you are fair, rose-cheeked, robust – and you have a pair of shears or scissors.”
In fact, I had to look twice at the feet or limbs, or even at the body to see it take shape. He replied:
“Yes, Death is not what many seem to think. It’s not the horrible thing which is often pictured. Just a change – just a visit. The shears or scissors are indeed the implements most representative of life and death to man. These indeed unite by dividing – and divide by uniting.
“The cord does not, as usually thought, extend from the center – but is broken from the head, the forehead – that soft portion we see pulsate in the infant. Hence we see old people, unbeknowing to themselves, gain strength from youth by kissing there; and youth gains wisdom by such kisses.
“Indeed the vibrations may be raised to such an extent as to rekindle or reconnect the cord, even as the Master did with the son of the widow of Nain. For he did not take him by the hand (which was bound to the body as was the custom of the day), but rather stroked him on the head – and the body took life of Life itself!
So, you see, the silver cord may be broken – but the vibration …” (neardeath.com)
This is wicked deceit from the enemy of our souls, Satan. This is why the Lord tells us to have nothing to do with the occult. These experiences may seem wonderful and true, but they are dangerous.
Bestselling Author, and famous psychic Sylvia Browne, who was often featured on the Montel Williams show also had a Near Death Experience. She had a “wonderful” time going through the light, meeting her grandma again, and then getting pulled back to the earth. She shares the Unbiblical Falsehood that she learned through her experience too:
Upon death, most people go through a heavenly process before entering into heaven. Evil people, instead of experiencing the tunnel and bright light upon death, are sent through what Sylvia calls the left door and enter into an abyss of empty, joyless, nothingness for a brief period of time. After they have reflected upon their actions, they are reincarnated back to Earth. People who commit suicide are sent to a place Sylvia calls the holding place. Here they must make a choice to either proceed through the left door or embrace God and move on to the light. People in the holding place shuffle slowly around in despair in a gray fog with their heads down until they make their decision. According to Sylvia, this is purgatory. It is interesting to note that many near-death experiencers, including George Ritchie, have seen this place.
Most people, who go through the heavenly process, go through a tunnel and towards the light of God. They return home to the place they came from on the other side. Here, they have a reunion with family and friends who have departed before them. After the reunion, most of us are lead by our spirit guide to a building on the other side called the Hall of Wisdom. In a sacred room, we see our lives flash before us on a device Sylvia calls the scanning machine. This device is a domed screen where our lives are placed out in three-dimensional holographic form. Once we have fully evaluated our lives, we are debriefed in an orientation process. This is when we discuss the lifetime previously lived and reviewed in the scanning machine. We meet with guides who are trained orientators who discuss ways of amending for previous mistakes. We receive help if we were unprepared for our crossing over into the spirit realm. If those whose transition is especially difficult, the orientation process is preceded by another process called cocooning. This is when the person is put into a restful, healing sleep for as long as it takes for them to feel healthy. In extreme cases, people are taken to a structure called the Towers where extremely confused people undergo a deprogramming process. (neardeath.com)
Notice the mention of the Hall of Wisdom that Edgar Cayce described. This is all a bunch of occult garbage. These experiences often remove hell, Jesus, being judged by God, needing salvation, etc. And commonly promote reincarnation, peace, light, spirit guides, etc.
There is a REASON that God tells us to not have anything to do with these people’s teachings. They will lead us to hell.
So now Christians are having these experiences . . . but why do they seem so similar? It is the same story, the only difference is that some of the Christians add Jesus into the mix.
But according to Near Death, you don’t need to be a born again Christian to have an “experience” with Jesus or God in heaven. So what this means is, that psychics and new ages are ALSO reporting these beautiful experiences with someone named “Jesus” in some in between realm, on the way to reincarnation or Nirvana.
The category with the highest percentage of NDErs who reported seeing a divine being were those in the new age (80%) category. The category with the lowest percentage is the non-religious (27%) category. The lower percentage suggests that fewer non-religious NDErs see a divine being. This may be an example of non-religious NDErs “getting what they expect.” A divine being was seen by (75%) of those in the atheist category. This high percentage may reflect the possibility that these atheists, in general, are “getting what they need.” The same percentage of Christian and non-Christian NDErs (63%) saw a divine being. This suggests that a NDEr doesn’t have to be a Christian to see God. (neardeath.com)
Hmm . . .
This is important information.
I think that we, as Christians need to be very, very careful about accepting these type of experiences as truth. This Colton Burpo never even died, technically.
I do believe that he had some type of experience or dream, but I don’t think that experience should be considered as a source of truth about heaven. I think that these experiences fall more in line with New Age experiences, than Biblical ones.
And I don’t know why this would happen to a child growing up in a pastor’s house.
I don’t get it.
But I will say, that I will not let my family learn about heaven from a 3 year old who told his dad that the Holy Spirit looks blue and shoots power down into his dad when he is teaching a Bible study.
I will not let my family embrace the image of Jesus, that everyone is claiming is an exact representation of Christ. That was painted by a child mystical visionary at age 8, and corroborated as what Jesus really looks like by Colton Burpo.
Akiane Kramarik seems to be a child visionary. Growing up in a home with an Atheist mother and a lapsed Catholic father, she apparently began having “divinely inspired visions,” which she translated into poetry and art. By age four (Colton’s age) she was painting and writing poetry. There can be no denying, at least, that she is a prodigy. She appeared on CNN, World News Tonight and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Forget that she is a child; her work is amazing.
She was just eight-years-old when she painted Prince of Peace, her first portrait of Jesus. This is the painting Colton said was right. It is reproduced in the back of every copy of this best seller. (Shroud of Turin blog)
Akiane is a very unusual child. She has been called an Indigo child (a new age type of special spiritual child) and she has some very spiritual elements to her work. You can look at her paintings here. But she says this, “I see ordinary life in an extraordinary world, and I see extraordinary life in an ordinary world. Everything is One. We are all connected. If we experienced the present through eternity and eternity through the present, we would know true Love.” in her upcoming book, Eternity Is Not That Long.
She is a New Ager. And she has spiritual visions and revelations that do not point to the truth in the Bible or the true Jesus. And this is the person who painted the SAME Jesus that Colton saw. That is not good. It is odd to me too, that this revelation of “Jesus” is happening to children.
And it is so sad to me that so many Christians are embracing this story.
Just like they embraced “The Son of God” movie.
We WANT to believe this stuff.
“He was just a little kid! How could that be possible?! It has to be true! It will point people to Jesus!”
Embracing seeker friendly, Bible minimizing, mystical Christianity.
My goodness! I am not content with a story of Jesus’ rainbow horse.
I am not content with it at all.
I want the real Jesus, on a white horse, with a robe dipped in blood, and a sharp two edged sword coming out of His mouth. I want the WORD of GOD in person. I want my own eternal experience in heaven with Him, where I bow low and cast my crown before him and cry out “Holy Holy Holy, Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain.”
Heaven IS for real.
I don’t need someone’s near death experience to cloud what I believe of Scripture. If we allow it now, it will never end. There will always be some new story of some strange experience, that may or may not point to Jesus, or a spirit guide, or some peaceful white light.
I am just going to read my Bible, and be content in that. Jesus died and rose from the dead, He is the only expert witness I need.