Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).
Recent books and movies highlight supposed journeys to Heaven. Here are 5 things to remember when you hear about these stories.
- The Apostle Paul went to Heaven but was forbidden to talk about it (2 Corinthians 12:1-4). Revealing the secrets of Heaven is not in God’s agenda, or Paul would have done so.
- The Apostle John went somewhere, though he never said it was Heaven. What he was told to write was for the encouragement of believers in difficult times and for a warning of damnation to unbelievers (Revelation 2; 3; 22:10-17).
- The truth of Heaven doesn’t rest on the testimony of any person; God’s testimony is sufficient. He doesn’t need any back-up salesman.
- Every single person who says he went to Heaven today, comes back with stories which contradict the clear statement of Scripture. We either believe these people or the Bible. This should not be a tough choice.
- Every single person who claims a Heavenly trip today, comes back with a story contradicting the last guy who said he went to Heaven.
Here’s the point: if the stories are true, why are the revelations directly opposed to the Bible? This isn’t “nitpicking.” It’s either eternal truth or error. Either the Bible is false or the stories raking in millions of dollars from Biblically-ignorant people are false.
Someone once said, “If the book is fake it will fail the test of time.” Forget the “test of time”, how about the test of Scripture?