“Everyone wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die.”
I don’t know who first said this, but they were right! If public opinion surveys are to be believed, most people view the afterlife positively, but if you asked them, they’d probably decline any trip to the “great beyond” that’s departing today.
It’s a very strange contradiction, wanting to go to Heaven but not wanting to give up Earth. Following this theme, the past few years have seen a lot of books written by individuals who claim to have died and gone to Heaven only to come back. One of these books has a movie coming out very soon. Before I share my thoughts, I’ll let Pastor David Platt, author of Radical, share his.
David Platt on “Heaven” Books
I like what Pastor Platt said in this video. He makes some very compelling points. I was particularly struck by his point about the difference in focus between the biblical accounts of Heaven and current, popular accounts. It’s a great observation: many of these accounts focus on the individual taking a tour of Heaven and not on God, which is the complete opposite of every biblical account of seeing Heaven.
I hope this isn’t pointed too sharply, but this is very concerning to me. Many in our Christian circles read and believe whatever is labeled “Christian.” We don’t have to become cynics, but we should be discerning. Not everything that’s “Christian” is spiritually beneficial just as not everything that’s sold as food is healthy. Let’s please remember that our greatest source of written truth should be the Bible. Every thing else must be weighed in light of what God has already revealed to us.
I have read Heaven is For Real, and I shared some of Pastor Platt’s concerns. If you’d like to discuss them further, feel free to e-mail me or speak with me at church.