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Friday, August 19, 2011

Heaven is For Real: A Dangerous Book for an Apostate Age by David Cloud

In their zeal in searching for the truth, people will read anything... 
except the word of God, where one finds nothing but truth!

Heaven is For Real: 
A Dangerous Book for an Apostate Age

Corrected August 19, 2011 (August 18, 2011)  (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,

Heaven Is For Real, a book about a four-year-old boy’s supposed visit to heaven, has sold over 1.5 million copies and is currently the # 6 best seller on Amazon. It has broken Thomas Nelson’s sales records and is popular with Independent Baptists. One pastor told me that it is “circulating around many of our IBaptist camps; many are recommending it.” The book is the true story of Colton Burpo, a Methodist pastor’s son who allegedly visits heaven during emergency surgery. There he meets a dead sister and great grandfather, sees Jesus and God the Father and the Holy Spirit and Satan, and learns things not revealed in Scripture. We don’t doubt that the little boy is convinced that he visited heaven, but we don’t believe for a minute that it actually happened.

First, the book is contrary to the testimony of Scripture that the apostles were the last to see the resurrected Christ. This was one of the evidences of apostleship (Acts 1:22; 1 Corinthians 9:1; 15:7). Paul said that he was the last of the apostles to see Christ, meaning that he   saw Christ some time after the other apostles had seen him (1 Cor. 15:8). This occurred on more than one occasion in his life as described in the book of Acts. Paul gave this testimony in the context of giving the eyewitness evidence for Christ’s resurrection. We also know that the apostle John saw Christ on the island of Patmos as described in Revelation 1. All of the evidence we need  for our faith is found in the testimony of Scripture and in these particular eyewitnesses.

Second, the book is contrary to Paul’s statement that when he had visited heaven he heard things that he was not allowed to repeat (2 Cor. 12:4). Obviously, then, a person cannot visit heaven and describe whatever he sees and hears there.

Third, the book Heaven Is for Real is contrary God’s emphasis on the priority and sufficiency of faith and Scripture. The book contains testimonies of how people have believed in God and heaven because of Colton’s alleged visitation, but the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), and faith comes by hearing God’s Word, not by signs and wonders (Romans 10:17). In his account of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus taught that if someone does not hear the Scriptures, he will not “be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31). All of the signs and revelation we need are found in the completed canon of Scripture (John 20:30-31). The Bible is able to make the man of God “perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works “(2 Timothy 3:16-17). God has told us everything He wants us to know about heaven at this time.

Fourth, the book Heaven Is for Real is contrary to the Bible’s plain teachings. For example, Colton says Jesus’ horse is rainbow-colored (p. 63), whereas the Bible says it is white (Rev. 19:11). Colton says the Holy Spirit shoots down power from heaven (p. 125), whereas the Bible says the Holy Spirit came from heaven at Pentecost and He is the power (Acts 1:8). Colton says everyone has wings in heaven except Jesus (p. 72), that the angel Gabriel sits on the left hand of God’s throne (p. 101), that the Holy Spirit is blue and sits in a chair near the throne of God (p. 102), and “for our Catholic friends” the book is happy to report that Mary stands in heaven beside Jesus (p. 152). Some might ask, how Colton could learn secrets about his dead sister who died in the womb and facts about his great grandfather that he had not been told. The answer is demons. Paul warned that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light and his ministers as ministers of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:14-15). 

The book Heaven Is for Real also promotes the visions of child progeny Akiane Kramarik, who began “seeing heaven” at age four (pp. 141-144). Colton claims that the “Jesus” that he saw in heaven is the same “Jesus” that Akiane drew from her visions at age nine. But Akiane’s religious faith is a New Age type faith in a vaguely defined “God.” It is religious mysticism rather than faith in an infallible Revelation from God and the blood atonement of Christ. Even if we knew what Jesus looked like, we are forbidden by God’s law to make His likeness (Exodus 20:4).


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  1. "Jesus' horse is not rainbow colored. It is white, because the Bible says it's white." You are an incredibly ignorant, stupid person. Oh yeah, and your website? It sucketh.

    1. Oh! YOU ARE A DIMWIT on so many counts:

      1) mine is NOT a website, but a blog

      2) the article is by David Cloud: go tell him he is ignorant. Be sure to present YOUR CREDENTIALS when you do so!!

      3) on a SLOW DAY my blog gets 400 views! It must be pretty lonely in that pathetic schizophrenic world you live!

      A fool hath no delight in understanding,
      but that his heart may discover itself.
      Proverbs 18:12 (King James Bible)

  2. I am a Roman Catholic. I would like to know why are you so against Catholicism? The founder of protestantism, Martin Luther, said this: “No sin can separate us from Him, even if we were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day”

    But Saint Paul said this:

    "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    These two statements are polar opposites. Paul tells us our sins can keep us from entering Heaven. How is Luther not opposed to scripture? I see Catholicism when I read the Bible and I can't see one good reason to be a protestant. I would like to understand your view. Thank you for opening this blog fro me to respond to. I appreciate your openness.

    1. Thank you, very much, for your visit to my blog, Geralyn Bustos.

      Perhaps you have read where I state I was in the Roman Catholic system for 52 years, thus, I am well acquainted with the beliefs you have been taught! Sadly, they are, for the most part, an invention of the RCC, which has managed to, quite successfully, revise history, and twist all and anything it has ever come across, to its advantage, be sure of that.

      You infer the idea that before Luther came upon the scene the entire world was Roman Catholic. Not so, neither am I a protestant. Actually, I loath Martin Luther about whom I have a few posts in my blog, which acknowledge him as a great deceiver, and worse. That he was, and all and every denomination which has derived from “Protestantism” continues tainted with pagan rituals and more, acquired through the RCC.

      Unfortunately, you take the verses you give totally out of context. Paul was speaking to the Corinthians, a most corrupt people. Martin Luther is referring to those who be saved!!

      Indeed, when we are saved and believe in the finished work of the cross as sufficient payment for ALL OUR SINS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, after which time NOTHING can separate us from Christ! Our soul is already in heaven, though in our flesh we still be subject to human failings.

      Here Paul speaks to the saved, the Ephesians 1:13-14:
      13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
      14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

      We are sealed BY the Holy Spirit, and NOTHING we do will EVER have any effect on the promise He made.

      This is not to say that once saved we can go about sinning. No! Paul addresses that also. No truly saved person can ever forget the enormous gratitude we feel for such unmerited salvation.

      Unlike Roman Catholics who depend almost exclusively on their own works. If man could save himself, Jesus would not have had to come and pay the ultimate sacrifice, of even having been separated from the Father through spiritual death, just to save us.

      We live today in a marvelous dispensation, that of grace, in which we only need believe in the redeeming gift of God. Once we are raptured, when the “redemption of the purchased possession” takes place, God will again turn his eye on Israel, at which time grace and works will again be in effect, as it was before Paul came on the scene, Paul to be the first in the body of Christ.

      16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy,
      THAT IN ME FIRST Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering,
      1 Timothy 1:16

      Sadly, the RCC follows Jesus and his disciples while on earth, when it is that ONLY the Jews were to be saved. Jesus said so, many times, that he’d come to rescue the lost house of Israel.

      NONE OF THIS IS EVER TAUGHT in the RCC system. Quite sad. I praise God that He opened my eyes to such a marvelous truth. It is all explained in His word.

      If interested, you might want to look at “Basic Bible Comprehension by Pastor Keith Blades: The Fundamentals of "rightly dividing the word of truth." found in this blog.

      Also, at the Right Division series I have on the side column of this blog. It is so very much well worth viewing/hearing, when it is the word of God becomes so very understandable. Ours is NOT a God of confusion, and He never lies!

      Please let me know if I can be of anymore help.

      May the Holy Spirit give you the wisdom to discern the truth.

      In Christ,

      Helga Hickman