David Platt: Heaven Is For Real

Here is short video clip of David Platt discussing the books where people recount their claim of “going to heaven” only to come back and tell us what it is like. I post it because Platt’s concern is the same concern I have. So have a listen and tell me what you think.

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5 responses to “David Platt: Heaven Is For Real

  1. While I basically agree with his point, I also think he misses a more important point. Many Christians want to turn the questions of faith into arguments. They seek to demonstrate matters of Fact, rather than matters of faith. We argue over who has the correct doctrine on this point or that point.

    This trend leads people to want some form of evidence for everything. And one of the results is this set of writing about what heaven is like. As Mrs Clinton famously said, What difference, at this point, does it make?

    And the answer is none. It makes no difference whatsoever.

    So rather than getting bent out of shape over the accuracy of “Heaven is For Real”, let’s remain focused upon the central matters.

    What must we do to seek after God.

    Frankly, we are too easily distracted from the important things. The accuracy of “Heaven is For Real” is not an important thing.

    But, if it stimulates a conversation with someone about God, I’ll take that opportunity.

    • David,
      My concern is that this is becoming a new form of gnosticism. Among early Christians, gnostics (from the Greek word gnosis meaning “knowledge”) came along saying that they had received this special revelation from God that not only went beyond what had been revealed by Jesus to his apostles but was very different from the apostolic witness. So when people today make claims go going to heaven and receiving a special revelation from God about heaven (or hell) that not only goes beyond the apostolic witness of scripture but may in fact contradict what scripture actually teaches, I believe there is good reason for concern…especially when some Christians accept it as truth.

      The problem is not only that such “special revelations” become the foundation of truth but that what is being claimed turns the focus of faith into an escapist theology, where the goal is simply on the after-life. As important as eternal life is and whatever it will be like when Jesus returns, it’s not the main focus of the biblical story.

      If the book/movie “Heaven Is For Real” stirs some conversation about God, then I’ll welcome that conversation. But just as I don’t really care to see a movie claiming Jesus is nothing more than a created man to create a conversation about Jesus, I really don’t care for very questionable books/movies about other such important biblical/theological to stir up a conversation about God.

      Grace and Peace,

      Rex

  2. David, I think you make a really great observation! Agree we argue over the most trivial issues. Personally though some of my Christian friends were recommending this book as proof positive of the existence of Heaven. After reading it I am not sure if I was more disappointed in the book or my friends. I think we are becoming a culture who needs movies and books to shine our light, so to speak, at the expense of a watered down version of scripture.

    • Exactly, Amy … the culture is seeking proof for the wrong questions. And ultimately, it’s about faith, anyway.

    • Amy,

      It’s interesting that your friends will accept the testimonial claims of one boy as proof of heaven, as though the testimony of scripture is not enough. That’s disappointing! But now I’m thinking of a sermon or sermon-series on the subject of “truth and faith”.

      Grace and Peace,

      Rex

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