White Horse E-News - 04-15-2014
Is Heaven is For Real For Real or a Lie?
Dear friend of Truth,
Millions of Christians will celebrate Easter this Sunday. Taking advantage of the season, the movie "Heaven is for Real" (based on a bestselling book with the same title) will bring to the big screen on April 16 the supposedly true story of a four-year-old boy who, during emergency surgery, visited heaven and met his dead relatives. On Amazon.com, the book has nearly 8,000 reviews, mostly 5-star. Is "Heaven is for Real" for real? Or is it a deadly delusion?
Both the book and movie claim that its teaching is fully supported by Scripture. But we at White Horse Media protest. Quite the contrary, the Bible is clear that "the dead know nothing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5), that those who die "go down into silence" (Psalm 115:17) to their graves, that they "sleep in the dust" (Daniel 12:2; Acts 7:60; 1 Cor. 15:6; John 11:11,14) and wait peacefully and unconsciously until "the resurrection at the last day" (John 11:24; John 6:39,40,44,54; 1 Thess. 4:16,17). Thus "Heaven is for Real" is not for real, but is teaching false doctrines.
In these critical times when "strong delusion" (2 Thess. 2:11) runs rampant, White Horse Media has key resources that clarify the truth. Our sharing pocketbook, Solving the Mystery of Death, and our 4-part DVD, Deadly Delusions about Death and Hell, couldn't be more timely. During this Easter season when Christians focus on Christ's resurrection (which is glorious), there needs to be a resurrection of solid biblical truth among His professed followers. After all, Jesus Christ's soul never went to heaven at any time without His body ascending with it. Instead, He died bodily for our sins on the cross (read 1 Peter 2:24), rose bodily from the grave (John 20:26-29), ascended bodily (read Acts 1:9) to heaven in full view of his awestruck disciples, and He will return bodily on the last day (Acts 1:10,11).
May God help us to follow His Word until the trumpet sounds (read 1 Corinthians 15:51-55).