To Heaven and Back? Do people really go to Heaven and come back? (The Glory of Heaven Chapter 2)

About a year ago, my mom was in a Sunday school class at her church in Georgia. As they discussed the Bible, a woman claimed to have died, gone to Heaven, and come back. The entire class tensed up. Obviously, this had been a point of contention in the past and my mom was about to walk into sticky situation.
At one point, without knowing the history of this lady, the class, and their discussions about the experience this woman had, my mom said, ‘I don’t believe what you experienced is a real trip to Heaven and back. The Bible says it is appointed a man once to die and then the judgment.’
Needless to say, people began to take sides. Some backed the woman’s experience. Others agreed with my mom.
What are we to make of those who say they have died, gone to Heaven, and come back? After all, it is big business. There is a real hunger for this kind of thing. To Heaven and Back, Heaven is For Real, and 90 Minutes in Heaven have all sold millions and millions of copies.
The biggest problem with books like these is that they do not lead people back to the Biblical Heaven. They teach us to build a greater curiosity in experiences. In chapter 2 of The Glory of Heaven John MacArthur says, “People seem to be looking for spiritual truth, messages from God, and insight into the spirit world everywhere but Scripture.”
In fact, MacArthur point out that Todd Burpo, a pastor who’s son supposedly died, went to Heaven, and came back, was more convinced by his son’s account of Heaven than he was by the Scripture. Burpo says, “I had been a Christian since childhood and a pastor for half my life, so I believed that before. But now I knew.”
The Bible has plenty to say about Heaven. The Bible is a reliable account of Heaven. As MacArthur says, it is more reliable than “memories of a three-year-old boy under anesthetics.” Personal experiences should not take the place of the Bible when it comes to our beliefs.

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One Response to “To Heaven and Back? Do people really go to Heaven and come back? (The Glory of Heaven Chapter 2)”

  1. Betty says:

    The Burpo boy begged his dad not to write the book because he made it up. His dad was so ‘into it’ that he wanted to keep the story and go ahead with publication!

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