The Boy Who Didn’t Come Back from Heaven

A young man was playing baseball when he got hit in the head with the ball and dropped to the ground.  He lay there unconscious.  They tried to revive him and thought he was dead.  Being a small town (and having only one mortician who was away until the next day) they took him to the funeral home and placed him in an open casket.  Later that day the youth regained consciousness, sat up, and looked around.  Noticing his surroundings, he said to himself, “If I’m alive, what am I doing in a coffin, and if I’m dead, why do I have to go to the washroom!”  We live in a day where there are those, although not quite sure at the time if they were dead or alive, nevertheless are without doubt that they had gone off to heaven and come back.  The result?  Book publishers and film makers are all too eager to cash in on their stories, with New York Time’s best sellers like Heaven Is Real, Ninety Minutes In Heaven, etc.  But none was bigger in sales than, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven.  Here is the publisher’s description:

In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered a horrific car accident.  The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex, and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive.  “I think Alex had gone to be with Jesus,”a friend told the stricken dad.  But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share – of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious, of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself, of the unearthly music that sounded just “terrible” to a six-year-old.  And most amazing of all … of meeting and talking to Jesus.  The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven is the true story of an ordinary boy’s most extraordinary journey.  As you see heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.

But then a funny thing happened.  Ten years later, Alex  got saved, and wrote the following public confession:

I did not die.  I did not go to heaven.  I said I went there because I thought it would get me attention.   But when I made those claims I had never read the Bible.  I now know that God’s Word is the only source of truth about heaven and not all the things that I made up.
The red-faced publishers quickly removed the book from the store shelves, but offered no refund to the millions who purchased the story they were assured was true.

Jesus said in John 3:13, And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  And the Lord added in John 1:18, No man hath seen God at any time.

The bottom line.  Maybe it’s no accident that the youth’s last name, who exposed the falsehoods of ‘to heaven and back’ books, is Malarkey (“to impress by misleading”).