Recently I watched a movie I have been wanting to see for a long time. It recounts a 4 year old’s experience in “heaven”. His testimony has helped convince people that heaven is for real.
At first, I was in awe of his experience. I thought, “I would LOVE to experience something like that!” But there were a few things that niggled at me–that didn’t sit right. Still, I wanted to hang on to the hope that this little guy’s experience was wonderful.
My daughter sent me a link to read about another little girl who started having visions when she was four years old and it was also noticed that she had quite an artistic talent. She supposedly encountered Jesus one day and she painted what she had seen.
The Jesus she painted is compelling. He’s handsome and seems harmless enough–even a bit inviting.
Apparently the little boy was shown many pictures of Jesus as depicted in today’s art-offerings and he claimed that none of them were the Jesus he saw–until he saw this painting the little girl had done. He was transfixed by it for a bit and then he declared that that was the Jesus he had seen.
Those things seem to confirm both of these children’s experiences.
But here are some of the things that niggled at me:
- The little boy asked Jesus why he had marks in his hands and feet and Jesus’s answer was, “They are to help me remember how much I love you.” Say, what??? Jesus IS love! He doesn’t need to be reminded of the love He has.
- The little girl drew a stunningly beautiful picture of an angel–only her angel is female. The Bible speaks of male angels only. You will not find one reference to a female angel in the Bible.
- She called her Jesus portrait, “Prince of Peace”. That doesn’t impress me because if she truly thinks it is Jesus, she might have learned some of his names. But it actually gives me pause because demons aren’t above taking on the names of Jesus. Read Karl Payne’s book on spiritual warfare for some examples of that.
- The little boy’s father declared that thousands of people have declared that Jesus to be the Jesus they have seen, too. Matthew 24 says, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it.” That particular passage is talking about tribulation times, but it still gives me pause. I also thought of 1 Timothy 4:1 “Both the Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons”
- In an interview, the now grown boy declares that God is okay with us loving His Son–as if to say that that is all it would take to get to heaven. The real Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”
- In the movie, the father comforts a grieving mother by assuring her that God loved her son more than she did–therefore she could be certain he was in heaven. That’s not what God says. (see above point)
- The little girl testifies to having been invisible once.
- She also testifies to being taken through galaxies. Neither of these declarations have any biblical basis whatsoever.
Did the little boy experience heaven? Once upon a time I would have been bouncing on his band wagon with a bull horn. But not anymore. I am skeptical–very skeptical. The little girl’s experiences caused me to think demonic activity was going on and when her painting resonated with the little boy, that called into question *his* experience, for me.
The little girl is now a mid-teen, as is the little boy. She has chosen to be vegan/vegetarian. Because I sense demonic potential in her experiences, it made me wonder if this vegan/vegetarian culture might also be a demonic bandwagon everyone is jumping on.
Read this: “…who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared by those who believe and have knowledge of the truth. For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.” You’ll find that passage only two verses after the verse that talks about the “doctrines of demons”.
Colton and Todd Burpo–if you read this, I implore you: read the Bible and compare your experience to it. If it refutes your experience, IT is true, and your experience is false.
Akiane Kramarik–you, too. The Bible tells us that “satan himself masquerades as an angel of light”. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
My heart goes out to you all. It is really, really hard to lay aside our experiences and trust the Word of God. But I will be praying for you! May God mercifully and graciously lead you into all truth.