Heaven Is NOT For Real
Colton Burpo was four years old when he was wheeled into the operating room for an operation to remove his ruptured appendix. At the time, his parents were worried that he would not survive the surgery, as doctors offered very little hope.
But what happened next is what is mind boggling...mind boggling, because it suggests that we live in a society of deluded citizens.
During his operation, young Colton reported having a Near Death Experience. While having this experience, he reported seeing his grandfather, whom he had never met, and an older sister, who actually died before she was born. So he had never met her in real life. He also said that he sat on Jesus' lap, and that he saw rainbows, while angels sang “Yes Jesus Loves Me”
The Book Deal
Colton's father, Reverend Todd Burpo, is an evangelical minister. He, along with Lynn Vincent, decided to write a book about his young son's experience. The book became a best seller on the USA TODAY's Best Selling Books list.
The big question is: how can something like this happen in the 21st century? Has it occurred to any of these gullible buyers that what this four year old boy described is merely what he was already exposed to, as his father was, in fact, a minister?
It's perfectly normal for a four year old to live in fairy tale land, but the great disturbance is that there are many adults who believe the whimsical story of this toddler. How any adult could identify with the whimsical imagination of a young child is beyond absurd. It has become, painfully, clear that we live in a land composed of grown-up children, parading around as adults, while still believing in primitive, childish, Bronze Age fairy tales.
These adults seem to actually believe more strongly than the child, hence the stellar sales of this fictitious book that has been, erroneously, labeled as non-fiction. It doesn't matter, at all, that these silly stories in the bible have been, thoroughly, debunked, these believers still flock to the bookstores, thinking that they are getting a glimpse of God, only to be conned by an opportunistic publisher. These deluded believers never stop to think that their Christian beliefs are just one of many other, equally sacred, and equally absurd beliefs. What message is this sending to Muslims and Hindus, and all other faiths? The message seems to be clear that Christianity is, absolutely, the only true religion. And they have this kid's story to prove it. How arrogant!
It is amazing how this nearly dead child could readily see Jesus, yet no one alive has ever seen Jesus, including starving children in Africa, no matter how much they have cried out for him. Also, there is the fact that the bible actually doesn't make any sense, and can be totally dismissed by just a little common sense. Hence, we seem to live in a society where many individuals are thoroughly immersed in the folly of childhood fairy tales, and unable to discern reality. They never want to grow up and face reality, and prefer to pretend to love freedom, while bridling themselves with the chains of superstition, infused into them by a deceptive and vile authority.
And Now The Movie
After already conning the religious into spending millions on a deceptive book, there is now a movie coming out next year. It's hard to imagine that someone could make a movie depicting brazen superstitions, and promote it as a real story, but believers are expected to flock to the theaters just as they did the bookstores...looking to confirm that a fairy tale is reality. Only in a society where the majority of people still believe in Bronze Age superstitions can someone pull a con like this.
And what about this kid? He is older now, eleven or twelve. Will he ever be able to think, critically? What if one day he recognizes, and accepts, through his acquired knowledge of science, that his NDE was simply what it actually was...a hallucination, brought on by a temporary malfunction in the brain? Maybe one day he can inform his parents that they should grow up, and stop believing in silly childish fairy tales.
- Dr. Eben Alexander says in Newsweek that Heaven is real, describes it
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- ‘Heaven is for real’ and the immature American mind - The Spirited Atheist - The
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- Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back: Todd Bur
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