Friday, January 16, 2015

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven...Didn't


I found this article on the NPR website today. These afterlife, 'been to heaven & back' claims have always caused me to second guess the account. Most of the experiences are just too convenient and impossible to disprove...because so many people buy into the story. Combine that with a 6-year-old boy, and you have a narrative worthy of a book...regardless of the truth:

Nearly five years after it hit best-seller lists, a book that purported to be a 6-year-old boy's story of visiting angels and heaven after being injured in a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up.

The book's publisher, Tyndale House, had promoted it as "a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God."

But Thursday, Tyndale House confirmed to NPR that it is taking "the book and all ancillary products out of print."

The decision to pull the book comes after Alex Malarkey wrote an open letter to retailer LifeWay and others who sell Christian books and religious materials. It was published this week on the Pulpit and Pen website.

"I did not die. I did not go to Heaven," Alex wrote. He continued, "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."

He concluded, "Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough."

Here are a few key background details of the story: Alex Malarkey was paralyzed at the age of 6 when he was in a car wreck. He then spent two months in a coma. He's now a teenager. The book lists him as a co-author along with his father, Kevin Malarkey.

Calling the book a "spiritual memoir," The Washington Post notes that it "became part of a popular genre of 'heavenly tourism,' which has been controversial among orthodox Christians."

Alex's parents are now divorced; he and his siblings live with his mother, Beth Malarkey, who has previously spoken out against the book (and last year, a movie) featuring her son. She has also said that profits from the book haven't been going to Alex.

Last spring, Beth Malarkey wrote a blog post stating, "Alex's name and identity are being used against his wishes (I have spoken before and posted about it that Alex has tried to publicly speak out against the book), on something that he is opposed to and knows to be in error according to the Bible."

She added, "I am fully aware of what it feels like to be pulled in. There are many who are scamming and using the Word of God to do it. They are good, especially if you are not digging into your Bible and truly studying it. They study their audience and even read 'success' books to try to build better and bigger ... 'ministries/businesses.' "

NOTE: it seems to me that this kid's account may have been concocted by his father (Malarkey...c'mon, that's just too easy). I personally believe that deceased's energy does transcend to another level...but not in a religious sense. I've referred to it as a 'way station' for immortal essence or energy. Some people call it a 'soul' or a 'spirit'...either way, it's a distinct incorporeal entity that separates from the body. Lon

To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story

My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw and How It Changed My Life

23 Minutes In Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in that Place of Torment

AfterLife: What You Really Want to Know About Heaven and the Hereafter


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