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Books about experience of heaven

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I am very skeptical of people writing books of like near death experience and they either went to heaven or hell or whatever. It can be a grown man/woman or some children that claimed these events.

I am just wondering what you guys especially Christians think of such books. I remember recent one of such book was the "Boy who came back from Heaven" now saying he didn't die nor did he went to heaven. So I guess it is safe to say that it was all a bunch of lies.

I am fine with people having faith in their religion be it christian, muslim, hindu etc. but when someone claims of supernatural events I am always skeptical of it. extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Obviously people love this idea which is why books like the boy who came back from heaven or heaven is for real can be so popular best sellers.

So what do you guys feel/think when you come across such books?

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jerryxplu wrote: Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:24 am I am very skeptical of people writing books of like near death experience and they either went to heaven or hell or whatever. It can be a grown man/woman or some children that claimed these events.

I am just wondering what you guys especially Christians think of such books. I remember recent one of such book was the "Boy who came back from Heaven" now saying he didn't die nor did he went to heaven. So I guess it is safe to say that it was all a bunch of lies.

I am fine with people having faith in their religion be it christian, muslim, hindu etc. but when someone claims of supernatural events I am always skeptical of it. extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Obviously people love this idea which is why books like the boy who came back from heaven or heaven is for real can be so popular best sellers.

So what do you guys feel/think when you come across such books?
Generally speaking, one can write something about anything - doesn't make it true. At best, such books can be seen as inspirational by some, entertaining or flat out lies by others. If a book is of a subject one doesn't like, don't purchase or read it.
To the topic of OBEs, NDEs and the like - there may be something to it. There are those instances that change the lives of the experiencers, doctors, surgeons and the like, simply because there's no way they can see that their experience can't be real. Real or not, there are fabulously interesting stories!
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I make a point of reading books like this because I am curious. I keep an open mind and decide for myself.
Not all things can be proved or evidence provided. I ask myself why would a person write such a book, often risking their reputation or opening themselves to ridicule unless it is the truth?
Often such writers lead a transformed life, having changed from atheist to Christian.

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Rose2020 wrote: Thu Mar 24, 2022 11:32 am I ask myself why would a person write such a book, often risking their reputation or opening themselves to ridicule unless it is the truth?
Perhaps for the notoriety and cash involved with doing so. It seems that some crave the idea of knowing what happens after death (which these stories don't actually document given that a NDE isn't a DE) and will crave anything that claims to answer the unknowable.


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Rose2020 wrote: Thu Mar 24, 2022 11:32 am I make a point of reading books like this because I am curious. I keep an open mind and decide for myself.
Not all things can be proved or evidence provided. I ask myself why would a person write such a book, often risking their reputation or opening themselves to ridicule unless it is the truth?
Often such writers lead a transformed life, having changed from atheist to Christian.
This is true. Even given that there is also a market for such book subjects, and assuming there would have to be some unscrupulous folk who pretend to have had such experiences in order to gain income through dishonesty, one cannot conclude that all such stories are untrue.

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Rose2020 wrote: Thu Mar 24, 2022 11:32 amNot all things can be proved or evidence provided. I ask myself why would a person write such a book, often risking their reputation or opening themselves to ridicule unless it is the truth?
Whether the experiences have been correctly interepreted is a different question, but I'm guessing that at least some of the authors are being honest about their own point of view or understanding about what's happening.

The ones that bother me are the ones that include the participation of children. Whether it rises to something that should be illegal or not, not only can children can easily be manipulated into believing things that are objectively false, but the publicity involved can be damaging. Their parents should be protecting them from that sort of thing rather than subjecting them to it. If an adult want to explore the possibility that their anoxia event was Jesus, then you be you. Don't do that to your kids, though.

A related and interesting book that I recommend whenever I get the chance is Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens by Susan A. Clancy [publisher's website]. As one of my favorite nonfiction books, I've read it multiple times and still find it fascinating. The Internet Archive's lending library has multiple copies.
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