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Is Heaven Real?

Updated on March 7, 2011

Does Heaven Exist?

Is Heaven real? Do we have any real proof besides what we know from the Church's teachings? Also, if we do, does the proof line up with what we know about Heaven from the Church?

There are a couple of books I have read recently that offer fascinating insight into the existence of Heaven and describe it in amazing detail.

One of them is called Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo. I bought this book earlier this week and read it cover to cover. Todd's four year old son, Colton, was rushed into emergency surgery to treat a ruptured appendix. He survived ok.

Over the years that followed, Colton revealed to his parents bit by bit details of Heaven where he met his great grandfather "Pop" and also a sister he didn't know he had in Heaven (a miscarriage he could not have known about). Todd who is himself a pastor became a student, learning about faith from his son. Colton was at an age where he would say things matter of factly and often blurt them out like it was no big deal. He'd talk about light around the angels without understanding the word "halo" and he mentioned that Jesus had "markers" (as in coloring markers) when trying to explain the wounds on his hands and feet.

Colton said he spent three minutes in Heaven.

"Prince of Peace" by Akiane | Colton was shown many images of Jesus, but there was always some detail not quite right. This one was right.
"Prince of Peace" by Akiane | Colton was shown many images of Jesus, but there was always some detail not quite right. This one was right.

4yo Colton's insights into Heaven

Colton reveals a number of fascinating observations of Heaven in the book:

  • Jesus does sit at the right hand of God the Father. Who sits on the left hand side?
  • Jesus is the only one without wings, moving around "like on an elevator" (in the same way his Apostles witnessed him ascending into Heaven).
  • God's throne is "really, really big because God is the biggest one there is. And he really, really loves us, Dad. You can't belieeeve how much he loves us."
  • Does it get dark in Heaven?
  • They do have swords in Heaven - the angels have them. Do you know why?
  • Satan exists and he is not yet in Hell. Colton shuts down when asked what he looked like.
  • Colton explains "Well. Jesus told me he died on the cross so we could go see his Dad."
  • Time in Heaven is not the same as time here on Earth.
  • You get a "new body" when you go to Heaven.
  • To go to Heaven "you must have Jesus in your heart".
  • Colton describes the coming war. "Jesus, the angels and good people are going to fight Satan, the monsters and bad people". He also describes the weapons the men use to fight with (he saw his father Todd fighting as well). Guess who wins?
  • many more things I've forgotten at this moment...

90 Minutes In Heaven - Don Piper

Don Piper's experience was a little different. His car collided with an eighteen wheeler truck on a bridge and he was pronounced dead on the scene. Dick, a pastor waiting in line in traffic waiting to get through walked over and talked to emergency personnel and was told there are 2 other people alive but one person dead. The emergency worker told him to pray for the other two victims, but Dick was compelled to pray for the one who died. Dick crawled through the wreck, put his hand on Don's shoulder and prayed harder than ever, also singing hymns. Even though Don was crushed in places, Dick prayed that there would be no brain or other internal injuries. Suddenly, 90 minutes after he was pronounced dead, God answered Dick's prayer and Don started signing with Dick. Dick ran out (scared) telling the emergency workers that the man was still alive!

In those 90 minutes, Don Piper was greeted in Heaven by many people he knew had passed away that had had a positive influence on his faith in life. He describes Heaven, the roads of gold, the Heavenly gates and how he moved in Heaven. One interesting observation was the singing of the angels that seemed to resonate through his entire being. Each song was independent and unlike playing many CDs together creating noise, each additional song of praise seemed to enhance all the others.

When Don returned to Earth his recovery was long and painful. It took him a while to see why God wanted him to return and to recognize the many miracles that led to him being back on Earth today.

Don even ponders the "why" questions and looks at research on others who have had near death experiences or similar - he is skeptical himself. Medical staff have dismissed these things as "misguided musings of oxygen starved brains" but Don knows he'd been to Heaven and to him, he has lost all fear of dying. In fact, he can't wait to return.

When he finally made it back to see the congregation of the church, Don said 4 words:"You prayed. I'm here."

Other Evidence of Heaven

You don't have to be die to go to Heaven. There have been many occurrences of people being taken in spirit to visit Heaven (and Purgatory and Hell for that matter).

  • The children of Fatima.
  • The six children in Medjugorje, now grown up and some still receive daily messages from the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Veronica Leuken - another visionary.
  • St John (as in the Book of Revelations - he visited Heaven in spirit, while very much alive at the time)

The first of the video above is interesting, relating to near death experiences. How can you pass of a near death experience as a trick of the brain when there was no brain activity and all instruments showed the brain of the person was dead?

Whether or not you need proof to believe that Heaven really exists is up to you. But there's no denying there is evidence out there that we can't explain. I believe in Heaven (everyone has their own idea and understanding of it) and I acknowledge that I cannot convince people who don't want to believe in Heaven (and likewise the existence of Hell). Even Akiane, the child prodigy who painted the Prince of Peace (above) had a mother who was an atheist.

At the very least I'd highly recommend reading Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo - it was definitely a captivating read with information that lines up with Scripture.


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    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Well, I am a believer and I love your account of a personal experience. Your depth and insight is beyond the insignificant insights of those non believers.

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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Interesting story. I voted it funny, because at the end you do insist that heaven exists based on these stories. I would be glad if heaven did exist, but I suppose being a non-believer I would not be allowed entry. :)

      You write well. I would like to read some secular stuff next time.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I believe John and Enoch never died. I believe the bible says Enoch did not but John I think went to Heaven alive, or still living one...but I think they will be the two apostles of revelation that will be killed here and their dead bodies looked upon for three days in the street and then they rise. Bible study is really so interesting. Loved your stories.

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      7 years ago

      Great hub. I love to read stories like this. They are so chilling for some reason.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      this is an interesting hub, it is amazing to hear about near death experiences and what the people who had them go through. Thanks for the read.

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Marco, delightful! Thanks.

      I've had my own adventures and miracles, including a doozy on Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1977. I've seen a different aspect of Heaven. As the great teacher said, 2000 years ago, the kingdom is within you. And some harbor the opposite. After 34 years of analyzing my big event (which I analyze elsewhere), I think perhaps that Satan is our own individual egos. This is the "self" which has to die before we can gain everlasting life. I have tasted this everlasting life, too, and contrary to what Allan Pool said, we do not need conflict. Only Hollywood writers and newspaper publishers need conflict. And perhaps anyone who is stuck in the action-reaction world of physical reality.

      Heaven is peace, timelessness, harmony and purpose -- and most of all, love. Heaven is also untarnished confidence (faith) and utter humility (putting ego to sleep and waking up the immortal soul -- true self -- within).

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      8 years ago

      At Allen pool - I disagree. In the millennial reign of Christ on the new earth there will be no sin. For 1000 years no sin. The reason we can't understand it or it seems impossible to us is because we cannot in our infinite minds understand all there is to know about God. Our brains no matter how smart we are are not capable of handeling it all. after the millennial reign begins eternity... No pain, no sickness, no grief, no sorrow... Plus Jesus Christ the man who died for all my sins will be there. I don't believe that there will be sin in heaven. Once your there your there. Praising God for all eternity... we can't understand it. But it is going to happen. All our science and our understanding is no comparision of how it will be! We see through a glass darkly but after the rapture of the church and we are changed from mortal to immortal our mind will be just like Jesus Christ!!! Then we will understand. :)

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Of course, to a degree and perhaps for our earthly existence. That's also why hell and satan exists. I for one do believe that Heaven exists. Will check out the video shortly. Thanks for commenting.

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      Allan Pool 

      8 years ago

      Let's hope heaven is not for real. We're simply not made to exist in an environment without contrast. There has to be bad things happening to make the experience of good things possible. This video illustrates the point:


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