When the world around us is full of horrific scenes of war and natural disasters, an inspiring true story of a little 4 year old boy who went to heaven and back after life-threatening surgery is a welcome relief.
Colton Burpo is now eleven years old and says when he was almost four years old he was close to dying and went to heaven into the arms of Jesus. On Fox news he tells us that “Heaven has plenty of colors, plenty of people, and plenty of animals.”
Colton said the angels sang to him and he described heaven as being warm and having a safe feeling. He met an older man who asked him if he was Todd’s son. Colton answered that he was, and the man told him he was his great grandfather. He also saw his two sisters. The older sister had died first and then a younger sister told him she had died when their mother had a miscarriage. She couldn’t stop hugging him and he told her when they all got to heaven they would all hug her. Colton had never known about the second sister before this experience.
He tells of being above the rooms his parents were in and told them later after he came back what he saw them doing. His father was praying and his mother was in another room talking on the phone.
This astonishing account of a true Christian experience is in a book called, “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent. It is heart-warming and inspirational. This young child’s experience can lift your faith to a new level and ease your pain if you have lost a lived-one, and the book would make a nice gift for grieving families.
BUT WAIT! There is so much more in the book. THIS IS WHERE THE SKEPTIC COMES IN. Colton tells us that JESUS HAD BLUE EYES! That has to be wrong – right? Not necessarily. There is supposedly a copy of a letter in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C. which is from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar describing the physical appearance of Jesus.
This letter describes Jesus as having golden colored hair and beard, about 30 years of age, and a CONTRAST between Him and His bearers with their black beards and tawny complexions. This letter is considered by some to be a forgery, so you can explore and decide for yourself – if that is important to you.
But as you explore, you will discover there are testimonies and documents on both sides of the issue. Sometimes we are too hasty in our opinions of things, and we miss the greater good that can come from testimonies, whether they are from children or adults.
Colton and his father said in their interview on Fox news that at first they didn’t want to write the book, but later realized that the memories Colton has are not his to keep. The memories of his beautiful experience of what heaven was like to him can be healing for others and they needed to share it.
This skeptic CAN accept the testimony for what the child says he saw. Jesus Christ is in the image of His Heavenly Father, just as we are. Is it appropriate to try to pick the child’s testimony apart?
Skepticism can enter into many subjects and make us smarter after seeing all the sides to an argument. But when it comes to someone’s testimony, you are at times more comforted to believe him and believe in your heart that (as in this case) heaven IS real. And this skeptic believes in heaven and in the testimmony, and is thankful to the child for opening himself up to criticism and sharing his heartwarming testimony. So thank you, Colton!