Recently, while reading through Luke 16, I stumbled upon something fascinating. In the story, Jesus told of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), we read
“But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'”
One search for “heaven” in many “Christian Book Stores” will reveal a host of books reporting to be written by those who have “visited heaven” and returned to tell about it. If you’re not aware of this genre, Tim Challies has a great infographic explaining the history behind it.
I haven’t read any of these books. I find the Bible to be sufficient in its explanation of heaven. But, I have read a lot about these types of books, and they have always been one of my pet peeves; because to believe them is to disbelieve the Bible. There are countless articles, and even a book The Glory of Heaven, detailing the contradictions between these types of books and what is written in Scripture. However, we don’t have to read all those articles or the book; we can just listen to Jesus’ advice. He says that people “will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.” So, why not take Jesus’ advice? Stop trying to persuade people that “Heaven is for Real” because a little boy has an imagination and instead tell them that Heaven is real because that’s what the Bible says.