We have all heard that the book entitled The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey is false. Some major book stores have pulled it off their shelves. I hope many more will.
I am glad that is all happening – in many ways, this was bound to happen sooner or later. I applaud the author(s) for coming out in the open to tell us all that what the book says is not true. I pray that they also have come clean before God in repentance seeking His forgiveness. It’s a terrible thing to lie about anything – and it’s certainly a terrible thing to lie about heaven and mislead so many people. We all should learn from this especially if we are in any position to influence people on how to think about God and His truth.
Why are this sort of books so popular? Almost every book that has been written by a person who claims to have “visited” heaven becomes a “Best Seller” almost in an instant. Why? Why are people so gullible? I think there are two main reasons:
1. A Loss of Confidence in the Word – the Bible is so clear on what we should think about heaven. The Word of God gives us everything that we need for life and godliness. Everything that we need to know for our faith and practice has been given to us in the Bible. Why do people abandon the sure Word of God and did for themselves elsewhere, wells which hold no water?
2. A Lack of Knowledge of the Word – this is worse. It’s sad that many people who would not hesitate to call themselves Christians have very little to no knowledge of the Scriptures. Oh, yeah, they may know a verse here or there and be able to quote them to you (though often out of context). But their so called knowledge of the Word is false – and thus, they are easily swayed by every wind of doctrine. Continue reading