Earlier this week, Alex, the boy and author, recanted his testimony about the afterlife he wrote about in this best-selling book. In an open letter to Christian bookstores posted on the Pulpit and Pen Web site, Alex states flatly: “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.”
He also said, “I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.”
Apparently, the author’s mother posted a statement on her own blog: “It is both puzzling and painful to watch the book ‘The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven’ not only continue to sell, but to continue, for the most part, to not be questioned….it’s not Biblically sound”.
Tyndale House has decided to stop selling the books.
What about other books with similar after-life stories? Names such as “Heaven is for Real“, “23 Minutes in Hell“, and “90 Minutes in Heaven” come to mind. I can’t say these stories aren’t true. But, I’ve always been critical of these stories, in the way they describe the after-life which seems to be built more on modern superstitious conceptions than scriptural connections.
This boy may have lied about going to heaven, but his words of repentance are true. The bible is enough! I hope that Christians would question and compare every statement made in every after-life story book they have in their bookshelves to those found in Scripture.
The Bible is the only source of truth