I keep seeing this book everywhere called Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. It’s an automatic eye-roller, right? But then curiosity got the better of me and I read the synopsis online, and it’s even more ridiculous than I thought. Get a load of this:
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didnt know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.
Told by the father, but often in Coltons own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.
So his father is a pastor, and the story is told by the father but “often in Colton’s own words”? That, my friends, is all you need to know to call this book one huge crock of shit. God sits in a chair? Sure he does. I’ll bet he’s got a flowing white beard, too. And OF COURSE there’s a “last battle” coming. To those deluded by religion there always is! Christians are especially fanatical about the final battle, though — they really get off on all that war-for-the-righteous imagery. Onward Christian Soldiers and all that nonsense.
There are TONS of books written by people who think they went to Heaven and saw Jesus and God and whatnot, many of them children. I wonder how many are just like this: claiming to be the experiences of a child, but actually made up by an adult? It’s manipulative and evil to use children this way, though they’re hardly the only ones victimized by religion. People believe it’s true simply because it allegedly came from a child, as if children (or their parents) never make things up for fun and/or profit.