Boy Who Came Back From Heaven Never Actually Went
Alex Malarkey was in a car accident, paralyzed, and went to heaven. And then he wrote a book about it.
Malarkey's isn't the only book with this premise. The popular Heaven is for Real and Don Piper's 90 Minutes in Heaven round out the market for books where someone claims, in a non-fiction format, to have made a visit to magic cloud land.
What sets Malarkey apart, however, is that he has come forward to say that his book is a bunch of...well, malarkey.
Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short.
I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.
I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.
It is only through repentance of your sins and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for your sins (even though he committed none of his own) so that you can be forgiven may you learn of Heaven outside of what is written in the Bible…not by reading a work of man. I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.
The book's publisher, Tyndale, has stated the book will no longer be published.
The big question is: will this revelation mean that other tour guides to heaven will follow in Malarkey's footsteps?
Not at this point. Colton Burpo, the kid who wore a yellow sweater vest and verified that heaven is, indeed, for real, made a brief statement on his web site verifying his story:
People may have their doubts about my story, but the thing is, I wasn’t coaxed into doing this. I wanted to tell people about my experience. In fact, I started sharing my story with my friends and people in our town way before there was a book called Heaven is for Real.
With evidence like that, who could argue?
It should also be noted, there are many Christians who are skeptical of the claims made in these books as well. You can read a little more about them here.
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