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This blog and the one that follows will be full-length articles. I do this rarely, but I believe some of the issues at stake are very important, and far larger than just one particular book.
Many who report after-death experiences do not. The Bible clearly states that those who do not trust Jesus for their salvation have great reason to fear death, and the Hell that follows Luke But what about all the I-went-to-heaven books written by true Christians?
Even some of those contain doctrinal errors. Okay, on to Mary C. Unfortunately, some of it does. Because I respect this publisher, and enjoy good relationships with their employees, I sent them a draft of this blog and asked them to respond. She strikes me as sincere and intelligent. I believe in a supernatural God who still does miracles today. But just as any claim to a supernatural experience should not be automatically dismissed, neither should it—or any truth-claims related to it—be undiscerningly embraced.
I am not attacking the author, I am simply expressing honest disagreement with some—not all—of the things she says. Every book is fair game for honest evaluation. My books have received their share of criticism, but I appreciate it most when people are even-handed and kind, as I seek to be here. I drowned while kayaking on a South American vacation and had the great pleasure, privilege, and a gift of going to heaven and back.
I had the opportunity to converse with angels and ask many questions. I gained much insight. I rose up and out of the river, and when my soul broke through the surface of the water, I encountered a group of fifteen to twenty souls human spirits sent by God , who greeted me with the most overwhelming joy I have ever experienced and could ever imagine.
I do know that he was of God, in God, and from God. As we conversed, I asked questions, and he gave me answers. I believe they easily recall the images, knowledge, and the love of the world they inhabited before their birth. I believe children may still be able to see angels… As young children become more engaged with the world, the memories fade and they begin their personal journey…of finding their way back to God. She says that children do not come into existence in a state of alienation from God, but in relationship with Him, in Heaven.
The notion that we began as righteous people living in relationship with God is radically different than what the Bible tells us. Our fundamental problem is not our bad memory about originally having lived in Heaven. Rather, it is our sinfulness that has alienated us from God. The unbiblical doctrine of pre-existence, the same one presented in To Heaven and Back , is taught by the Mormon Church:. You lived before you were born; you will live on in the spirit world after your mortal life is ended.
In the world before you were a spirit child of his. You were free to accept or reject this plan of salvation. That we all sinned in Adam is a Bible doctrine dependent on the fact that we come from Adam, not from elsewhere, and certainly not from Heaven Romans But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
Note that not only was the first man from the earth, but so are all other people. John To Heaven and Back mentions several churches Mary Neal has attended. But her affirmation of the strange doctrine of pre-existence made me wonder how much she has been influenced by Mormonism. Her publisher informed me that Mary is part of a Reformed church and has no connection with Mormonism; see my upcoming Friday blog. Unbeknownst to me, my patient and his wife had visited with their Latter-Day Saints bishop prior to this surgery and had received blessings from him….
He told my patient that God was very pleased with him, that the veil between this world and the next would be very thin, and that he would be required to make a choice….
Before surgery, my patient and his wife had discussed together their interpretation of these blessings. They had concluded that my patient would have to choose between continued life on earth or physical death. They were both spiritually devoted and knew that my patient would choose God. For a summary of Mormon doctrines and their biblical refutations, see this website or this article.
I am not saying Mary Neal believes or advocates other false doctrines held to by the Mormon Church. But certainly she believes and tries to persuade readers of pre-existence. Decades ago Mormon Betty Eadie, in her mega-selling Embraced by the Light , wrote of her after-death experience. The book spent a year and a half at number one on the NYT bestsellers list, and sold 13 million copies.
Eadie wrote,. I knew that I had known him [Christ] from the beginning, from long before my Earth life, because my spirit remembered him. I saw that in the pre-mortal world we knew about and even chose our missions in life.
I remembered the creation of the Earth…. I was gratified to see that the Earth is only a temporary place for our schooling and that sin is not our true nature. We watched as our spirit brothers and sisters entered physical bodies for their turns upon the Earth, each experiencing the pains and joys that would help them progress.
But pre-existence is emphasized by both. The book seems to encourage readers not to fear death. If this is in To Heaven and Back , I missed it. There are other problems in the book, one that could lead people to view end-of-life issues differently, and tempt them to prematurely withdraw care to those in comas and terminal situations:. I had the overwhelming sense, really more of a deep knowledge, that his soul had already departed from his body.
He was already dead. Since some things the author is emphatic about e. Once you know that some of the book is false, on what basis do you determine which other parts are true? Where the experience contradicts the revealed Word of God, Scripture alone should be trusted.
For the Christian, there is no other option. I suspect the phenomenal success of Heaven is for Real will tempt people to use their imaginations in telling stories about visiting Heaven.
Some will be deceptive, others will exaggerate, still others may be sincere but take images from a drug-induced state on a hospital bed and by power of suggestion may convince themselves that various thoughts in their heads were actual experiences of Heaven.
The financial success of 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real will inevitably invite others to come forward who are willing to either deliberately mislead others or convince themselves of something that was not a true experience of Heaven. I do not believe Mary Neal is deliberately misleading readers, but I do believe some of what she emphasizes is contrary to Scripture. To Heaven and Back itself is not my biggest concern. I fully expect more accounts will be published that go ever further, denying fundamental biblical teachings and perverting the gospel itself.
Universalism will be taught, hell will be denied, the gospel will be redefined. Acts tells us that the Bereans searched the Scriptures daily "to see if what Paul said was true. Yet the Bereans were commended for carefully scrutinizing Paul's words in light of Scripture.
I am seeking to honor Jesus by speaking with grace and truth. Please follow Acts and carefully evaluate my words in light of Scripture. Rather, it is a warning about some books already written and those sure to come.
May we be quick to discern the difference between what men say and what God says:. Mark Bertrand via photo pin cc. Pinterest facebook twitter gplus. You might also like. Heaven Is for Real, the Movie article. This is my second and last article on this subject. In the past few months, I have been repeatedly asked about the phenomenally popular book Heaven Is for Real.
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In in the Los Rios region. In in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died. To Heaven and Back will reacquaint you with the hope, wonder, and promise of heaven, while enriching you own faith and walk with God. Short-link Link Embed.
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Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. Stairway to Heaven is an incredibly broad ranging new study that stretches from ancient Egypt and Babylon to Jewish and Christian Kabbalists, Chinese Daoists, Hindu Tantra and Haitian Vodun and finally to 19th and 20th century European occult societies, uncovering a hitherto unrecognized common myth that has been employed the world over in roughly the same form since the earliest recorded texts. Beginning with the oldest form of Jewish mysticism and extending this search through the dead sea scrolls, Levenda reveals a consistent emphasis on the number seven and its association with heavenly themes, including those of a chariot, a Throne, a Temple and a divine Being. The author then examines the myths and rituals of egypt, sumer and Babylon to locate the origin of this myth and comes up with some surprising results in the ascent rituals of the middle east. Shifting to the far east, Levenda demonstrates how the mystical practices of China and India display important similarities to these rituals, most notably in the practices of the Chinese alchemists who used a map of seven stars as their ladder to heaven.
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The book was a commercial success, selling over a million copies. It was adapted into a television film in March Since publication, Alex Malarkey and his mother Beth have disavowed the book.
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This blog and the one that follows will be full-length articles. I do this rarely, but I believe some of the issues at stake are very important, and far larger than just one particular book. Many who report after-death experiences do not.
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Когда глаза Сьюзан немного привыкли к темноте, она посмотрела на дыру, зияющую в стеклянной стене. Свечение мониторов было очень слабым, но она все же разглядела вдали Хейла, лежащего без движения там, где она его оставила. Стратмора видно не. В ужасе от того, что ее ожидало, она направилась к кабинету шефа. Когда Сьюзан уже сделала несколько шагов, что-то вдруг показалось ей странным. Она остановилась и снова начала вглядываться в глубь помещения Третьего узла. В полумраке ей удалось различить руку Хейла.
А потом они со Сьюзан будут лежать в кровати с балдахином в Стоун-Мэнор и наверстывать упущенное время. Девушка наконец нашла то, что искала, - газовый баллончик для самозащиты, экологически чистый аналог газа мейс, сделанный из острейшего кайенского перца и чили. Одним быстрым движением она выпрямилась, выпустила струю прямо в лицо Беккеру, после чего схватила сумку и побежала к двери. Когда она оглянулась, Дэвид Беккер лежал на полу, прижимая ладони к лицу и корчась от нестерпимого жжения в глазах. ГЛАВА 71 Токуген Нуматака закурил уже четвертую сигару и принялся мерить шагами кабинет, потом схватил телефонную трубку и позвонил на коммутатор.
Мне нужно поработать. У Мидж отвисла челюсть. - Извините, сэр… Бринкерхофф уже шел к двери, но Мидж точно прилипла к месту. - Я с вами попрощался, мисс Милкен, - холодно сказал Фонтейн.
Северная Дакота - это Грег Хейл. Глаза ее не отрывались от экрана. Мозг лихорадочно искал какое-то другое объяснение, но не находил.
Росио через силу улыбнулась и подошла к постели.