Why “Heaven Tourism” is So Popular

heaven-tourismWe 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

The Worst Miscarriage of Justice Ever!

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The trials and subsequent condemnation of Jesus which led to His crucifixion represent the worst kind of judicial miscarriage in all of human history.  We read even in our day of people who have been falsely accused and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.  Our hearts break when we hear that especially if such persons end up with long jail sentences.  We empathize with them when we think of all those “wasted” years in prison – in seclusion – away from family, relatives and friends.  Such persons are unable to freely take part and give to society as would be the case under normal circumstances.  It’s something that none of us would want to wish on anyone and certainly not on ourselves.

Jesus had two trials before His crucifixion.  One was a religious (Jewish) trial and the other was a political (Roman) trial.  But both of these trials failed to deliver justice in Jesus’ case.  With respect to the Jewish trial, many things happened that were totally out of the norm because the Jewish leaders were bent on getting rid of Jesus – at any cost.  There were at least ten things that were wrong and therefore illegal with regards to Jesus’ trial before the Jewish leaders:

  1. His Arrest:  Jesus’ arrest was illegal because He was arrested without a charge being made against Him. Furthermore, His arrest was organized by the very people who were to sit as judges in his trial – and in this way the judges effectively became accomplices to the arrest and thus biased.
  2. The Time of the Trial:  Jesus’ trial was held at night and that was illegal too.  Such trials were to be held during the day.
  3. The Venue of the Trial:  The trial took place at Caiaphas’ home and that was illegal.  The trial should have been held at a public law court.
  4. The Commencement of the Trial:  The trial started and still no charges had been brought against Jesus. That too was illegal.
  5. Conflicting Witnesses:  The witness who came forward to testify against Jesus were not consistent in their story and so legally, there was no case.  Jesus should have been released and the false witness should have been punished for perjury.
  6. The Judge was Partial:  In the trial, the judge became a witness – thus, he was not objective in his judgment.   Continue reading