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A little four year old boy says so (and I'm sure he's telling the truth), and you can buy his book on sale at your favorite Big Book Store that hasn't gone bankrupt yet.  From the blurb:

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.

Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.

I wonder where the Holy Spirit has been throwing his power shots lately?  Things aren't going too well for most of us sinners down here on poor little old earth.  Maybe God only loves the 1% because they create so many jobs?  In any case, get ready for that last big battle friends.  I can't wait to see Jesus on his Big Horsey, can you?  

With his big blue eyes staring down at all those evildoers (yeah, the kid says Jesus has big old Blue eyes, just like Paul Newman) I'll bet that will make for some real thrilling entertainment for our fundie Christian friends as they watch the rest of us get smited for being so unfaithful, not hating gays enough, not supporting the police defending our rights by beating with batons and pepper spraying the faces of those dirty sex-crazed, liberal humanist fascists at the Occupy Wall Street protests, and generally denying that their Lord and Savior is more powerful than whatever it is we believe in (democracy? science? fairness? health care for all?).  Heck, I'm surprised they haven't made a movie out of this book yet.

In any case, I'm sure you have some family members who would love to have this book.  Am I right?  Better hurry while supplies last (I'd send a copy to Michele Bachmann but I'll bet she already owns one).

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 11:04:13 AM PST

  •  This is not not a Christian Bashing diary (5+ / 0-)

    Fundamentalist Christian Haters Bashing, well, that's another matter entirely.

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 11:09:48 AM PST

  •  I'm not familiar with this book, but ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Steven D, marina, wonderful world

    ... I'd be interested in seeing it, if only to see the author's take on near-death experiences (which I've long had an interest in).

    I have no problem with the Christian imagery of it, as such, as the imagery and interpretation of NDEs often initially match a person's expectations -- while containing a pretty consistent underlying pattern -- and kids often have the kind of childlike imagery described here.  

    (For example, one woman described initially meeting "Jesus" and "four angels" -- but over the course of her experiences those five morphed into more abstract, non-concrete beings whom she felt embodied the qualities she attributed to Jesus and angels.)

    I wonder, though, how the author reconciles the son's experience (if he actually does) with a fundamentalist interpretation, for what people get from NDEs frequently -- usually? -- does not match the fundamentalist worldview or value system.

    •  I doubt the four year old saw what he saw (4+ / 0-)

      I suspect his parents "helped" him understand what he "saw" by the manner uin which they questioned him.  Though it could be just a grifter book too.

      "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

      by Steven D on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 11:59:51 AM PST

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      •  I have no reason to doubt the kid saw those ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... things based on the descriptions themselves.  Again, it sounds very typical of the sort of NDE imagery that kids have.

        However, I wouldn't be at all surprised if his fundamentalist-sounding parents did indeed do a lot of coaching him -- whether intentionally, or just by the force of their preconceived ideas -- into afterward interpreting and shaping the experience into one that just happens to fit their belief system.

        And, yes, it may just be a load of BS too.  I don't trust these "my own, true personal account" NDE books, simply because there is money to be made off of them.  I'm sure some are true and written in the right spirit, but the other ones poison the well.  The NDE accounts I most trust are the ones I hear firsthand from everyday people who are hesitant to tell them.

  •  I feel really badly (3+ / 0-)

    for this poor kid.  Child exploitation (see tags) indeed!

    The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

    by PSzymeczek on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 11:45:21 AM PST

  •  This Kind of Experience Happens Periodically Aroun (5+ / 0-)

    the world. We had an incident in our family; there wasn't any heaven or gods in the report.

    It's not limited to Christians or religious people. But then neither are the millions of reports of personal or family miracles, good breaks, leads to future spouses and the like.

    This is why I say if there's a supernatural, it's almost certainly just family or local spirits which account for these things nicely. And they wouldn't be expected to have the power to stop world wars, holocausts and genocides that the Ywhw hypothesis has to explain.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 11:57:08 AM PST

  •  There was a Virgin Mary seared into the tortilla (3+ / 0-)
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    wonderful world, Steven D, PSzymeczek

    of a chimichanga I had once.  I told the waitress to take it back.

    apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

    by oopsaDaisy on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:38:16 PM PST

  •  Few westerners have heard of Hong Xiuquan (1+ / 0-)
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    leader of the Taiping Rebellion in China during the 1850's and '60's.

    He also had a vision of the afterlife during an illness -- which lead him to declare himself Christ's Younger Brother and lead an army to overthrow the Qing dynasty. Approx 50 Million people died -- mostly of starvation -- before the attempt failed.

    It's one reason why I hate this kind of thing. Visions and images in bread or windows and prophets and end-of-the-world's all b.s.  I hope this family earns a whole lot of money, but don't get any fancy ideas. It never turns out well.

    A weapon that is also a treasure is certain to be used.

    by wonderful world on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 01:49:23 PM PST

  •  Sounds like (1+ / 0-)
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    Steven D

    daddy wants a megachurch.

  •  This sort of thing isn't new (0+ / 0-)

    It seems that sometime in the 1970s and 1980s, the emergent fundamentalist movement began preparing many stories about life after death and circulating them.  These stories correspond to secular versions of such stories that were in vogue, except instead of "I see a bright light" or "I met my deceased dog/cat" there was a lot of specific detail about the details of the near-deathee's discussions with Jesus and/or God: specifically, these near death experiences always seemed to involve quite a bit of training to be a modern American fundie.  (And the God and Jesus figures always seemed to be white, Midwestern types with flat television accents.  I didn't think they spoke Midwestern US English in 30 AD in what is now Israel and Jordan.)

    Although the Jesus depicted in the main article seems a lot more like someone out of Monty Python, except he has a real horse.

  •  Occam's razor (1+ / 0-)
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    Steven D

    Four year old hallucinates due to trauma and medication


    There's a big fairy tale in the sky with cowboy jesus a'smitin' away.

  •  And Jesus was Nordic, right? (1+ / 0-)
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