Heaven is For Real - Colton Burpo

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  • 2012-04-08T12:45:44

Colton, you have inspired me.

  • 2012-04-07T13:30:16

Read the book brill and truly believable and amazin story!

  • 2012-03-08T16:50:27

Joyce Adam Yes of course he knows you exist,he knew you before you were born, ask him if you exist and you will be surprised by his answers . God bless x

  • 2012-03-08T16:39:14

I have two children in heaven, and when Colton spoke his words really touched my heart it was if my children were speaking to me, Heaven is real and your going to like it! God bless xx.

  • 2011-11-18T20:10:51

Further down in this conversation thread, under a post by Terri Huffman Morgan are responses which I made to a post by Tim Tyson who insisted that animals go to heaven. Tim Tyson has restored my comments (except for one) after I protested at their disappearance and for that at least I have to give him credit. However he has now removed his own comments, making mine seem a little disconnected. Though I have copies of his comments, I feel it would be invidious to replicate them as Mr Tyson has taken the decision to remove them himself, but you can infer what he has said from my replies. Perhaps Mr Tyson has changed his mind and no longer wishes to support his former belief, but he has not stated as much. Our exchange continued via Private message on Facebook. That was until he barred me from messaging him. Since I have not had the opportunity to reply to that, I am posting it here. Not because I wish to embarrass him any more than necessary, but because I think he should read my reply. It is important, that in pursuit of the truth we are not satisfied to simply assert our own truths without foundational support and I see that this channel is full of that. People are so desperate to believe in something that they will ignore all reason and evidence to the contrary. It is important to challenge beliefs, even deeply held ones because if you are really interested in truth, then it is to be found, not in what you would prefer to be the case but in what actually is. The post below is my last reply to Tim and would have been by private message, were not that option no longer available to me:

  • 2011-11-18T20:07:48

Sorry it’s taken me a few days to get back to you, Tim. To be honest, I’ve not been sleeping well lately, agonising over your words about hell. It really frightened me. You see, when someone as theologically astute as yourself suggests that a person is going to Hell, well, you just have to take that seriously don’t you? You have certainly proved yourself a deep thinker, a powerful debater and venerable biblical Scholar; and as one who has so clearly demonstrated your expertise on the eternal destination of the souls of men, monkeys and mice, how could I but quake in my boots at the fate you guarantee for my own soul? In fact, I’d put this anguish right up there with my fears about an equally guaranteed destiny in an Islamic Hell, Hades, Sheol, the ancient Egyptian underworld or, worst of all, Zoroastrian Hell – which makes Dante’s vision look like a picnic. I’ve no doubt you will understand what I’m experiencing when you consider your own anxiety at the prospect of going to hell as an infidel of Islam. Fortunately for you, your scholarly labours and close friendship with all three members of your monotheistic God have given you assurance that you and your little doggies are going to be frolicking around in paradise for a period of time that would bore a tortoise in a coma. Meanwhile all of your enemies - anyone who either disagrees with you or God (which amounts to the same thing– since God thinks exactly like you) – will be languishing in infinite agony for committing finite sins. Sins such as pointing out the moral inadequacies and bankruptcy of reason characterising a fundamentalist believer. By the way is ‘Pearls before swine’ the only biblical quote you know? It’s the only one you have offered me and I can’t help but notice the delicious irony that arises from a full reading of Matthew 7;6 which doesn’t chime very well with pooches in paradise, does it?: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast yes your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”. Are you worried that I am going to rend you, Tim? No point in worrying... You have no pearls to cast and I have already rended you! As for 'penile envy'... the quality of your arguments has descended to a new low, if that were possible. Such playground prattle is not really going to redeem you on any count, least of all your intellectual ability. Besides which, the statement is (typically) nonsensical. I have never seen your penis, so how could I envy it? You may well BE a penis, but that is hardly an enviable condition. By the way, the contraction of “you are” is spelt “you’re”. You didn’t ask for my opinion, no. And this, among many fallacious things you have said, is a rare truism. However, you are none too shy at offering your own opinion on comment boards as though it is a God-given fact and it is my prerogative to challenge that. You have consistently shown that you cannot stand up to that challenge and employ low-handed tactics to slither out of it. That is what has raised my hackles. But I don’t hate. That is a waste of energy. Ask yourself who is dealing out the death threats here? You have expressed a gleeful anticipation of my eternal torture in hell... and called me a pig... So who is the hater? God Bless!

  • 2011-10-19T20:14:58

@BrittanyandJustin Jones Amen! Well said!

  • 2011-10-14T01:44:30

Tim Tyson ... My reply to your last comment has now been removed three times. I can only conclude, since my comment cannot be regarded as spam, that it has been removed as abuse. Why? It was not abusive, it merely asked you to back up your assertions with biblical authority which you have so far failed to do. This does not reflect well on you and is a clear signal of your poor credentials in Christian honesty and the seeking of truth. It is hypocrisy – a trait most despised by Christ according to the Gospels. If you continue to remove my comments, It will only serve to reinforce this failure to accept my reasonable objections to your irrational ideas, to show you to be a moral coward and to further demonstrate your obvious inability to accept criticism in the context of reasonable debate. Your readers may not get to discover this disagreeable side of your personality but if you truly believe in an omniscient God, then you must accept that it will not escape his attention, at least. The same applies to any moderator who does not let this comment stand.

  • 2011-10-13T15:09:22

Tim Tyson... my heart is not filled with hate. I don’t know why you would say such a thing. And I don't care whether you eat cows or not. Please don't fall into the trap of assuming that I am some militant vegetarian who will cry at the mere mention of a Big Mac. I was just asking how you KNOW that animals go to heaven because I genuinely DO NOT know where the bible says so. What’s more, I can’t see how YOU can possibly know. If you can point me to a verse that might even vaguely hint that your pets are going to heaven then you will have answered my question. Simple. If you really DO know where there is biblical authority for this then just tell me, otherwise I have to read over 32,000 verses to find it myself. I’m beginning to suspect that you don’t really know at all, and are just making it up, because you would prefer to believe that your pets are going to live with you forever in heaven. Which suggests you would be unhappy without them and that leads to a contradiction, doesn’t it?

  • 2011-10-12T01:23:19

Cindy Gardner Martindale, you give me too much credit and have put more faith in me than I deserve or wish for. God may grant a remission for sickness to anyone including those that have no faith at all, so why not to those who put their trust in him? If God has answered 'no' to your prayers and 'yes' to those who have not prayed for it, then it is exactly as though praying makes no difference or that prayers are not heard or that there is no-one to pray to. I believe you are good people and deserve better. I wish you the best and if I had power to restore your fathers sight, he would have his sight. But I don't have that power, though I hope your prayers are answered.

  • 2011-10-12T00:33:16

Tim Tyson... my heart is not filled with hate. I don’t know why you would say such a thing. And I don't care whether you eat cows or not. Please don't fall into the trap of assuming that I am some militant vegetarian who will cry at the mere mention of a Big Mac. I was just asking how you KNOW that animals go to heaven because I genuinely DO NOT know where the bible says so. What’s more, I can’t see how YOU can possibly know. If you can point me to a verse that might even vaguely hint that your pets are going to heaven then you will have answered my question. Simple. If you really DO know where there is biblical authority for this then just tell me, otherwise I have to read over 32,000 verses to find it myself. I’m beginning to suspect that you don’t really know at all, and are just making it up, because you would prefer to believe that your pets are going to live with you forever in heaven. Which suggests you would be unhappy without them and that leads to a contradiction, doesn’t it? If people’s pets live with them in heaven, what do they eat? Because if they are carnivores, then they will have to eat other people’s pets, which wouldn’t seem fair - and as you say you can’t upset people in heaven because there can be no sadness. Maybe all the cows, chickens, etc, that we have eaten on earth do go to heaven so that they can be food for everyone and their pets all over again. Though how they would do this without feeling pain or sadness is difficult to imagine. If this is the case, do they have new bodies that can be eaten or are cow ghosts edible? Do their devoured souls then get new souls that turn up in heaven.2.0 and so on? Perhaps neither people nor animals in heaven eat anything at all... in which case what do the animals do for all eternity, unless they have suddenly learned to read? Is it likely that God would have vast heavenly prairies to accommodate all of the trillions of cows, pigs, sheep, buffalo, zebra, okapi, caribou and antelope that have ever lived on the planet so that they can do nothing but stand in a field for all eternity? Yet if God doesn’t allow the food animals in, there would be a sort of animal apartheid with earthly pets enjoying paradise and the wretched animals that gave their lives to feed them getting nothing. Perhaps we all have a vegetarian diet in heaven so you'll have to give up your burgers after all and stop disparaging those that already have. I doubt very much that there are answers to this in the bible. And if there are it’s up to you to find them; not me. It’s your idea; not mine. And it’s perfectly reasonable for me to ask you how you can justify it. But you haven’t. Which leads me to the conclusion that you just believe whatever you want to believe. You just want your pets there for your own benefit and not for any other reason. You don’t worry about the cows because they weren’t your pets and it’s too much trouble to think about it. This amounts to level of unfairness among God’s creatures that can’t justified by your wishful thinking. Does God love your dog more than the cows that fed it? I don’t think you’ve really thought it through, have you? Which is why you have shifted the onus of answering the questions that your unfounded assertion has raised, onto me. I have asked God. He doesn’t answer. If you get to ask him in heaven, assuming you’re there before me, and assuming it doesn’t take too long to get to the front of a very long queue, perhaps you can drop me an e-mail.

  • 2011-10-10T14:46:46

Paul Currier...bless your hate-filled heart!! Animals will be in heaven but not because their masters/owners would miss them! There will be no pain or sadness in heaven Paul. NONE!! Animals will be in Heaven because God allows it. If you really want to know what happens to dead cows then ask God or when i get to heaven i will ask Him for you!! Animals were created for companionship and food and clothing. If you have an issue with folks eating MEAT then i suggest you find a way to deal with it best you can. Sorry it is taking me so long to type this but i have a greasy 1/2 BURGER in my left hand and dang it is good!! If you really want to know what the Holy Bible says about this topic then i suggest you start looking yourself. My point is i am looking forward to Heaven and all the peace, Love, Joy and happiness that awaits me and my eternal life with Jesus Christ!! That includes all my animals that God has entrusted me with over this life.......bob's your uncle

  • 2011-10-06T21:37:05

Paul, we have been praying fervently with the faith of a firm believer. We don't understand the loss of his eyesight but God does. Faith is giving our will over to God and trusting that His will be done. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  • 2011-10-06T19:59:53

Hi Anne Panzer. I think I know what you mean when I think about it with my heart but when I think about it with my brain, I don’t understand it so good. How do we know what Jesus meant when he said “It is Finished” and why does this quote only appear in John which was the last of the Gospels to be written? Where does scripture tell us about germs and viruses which cause diseases? Doesn’t this pertain to life? I get that we should try to make the bible mean what we want it to mean, because I see Pastors, and even the sheep, doing this all the time but who should I listen to if I want the best lesson in ‘interpreting’ the bible to get the meaning I want? Maybe this Andrew Wommack guy is good. Or would it be alright for me to start afresh and make up my own version, as other people have done? How do I know when I’m experienced enough to start making it up for myself? Will the Holy Spirit tell me? And if so, will I hear it in my head or just feel it in my heart? I know there have been some ordained ministers as young as 8 or 9, but even at 40, I don’t quite have the confidence. For instance: if I want to keep a slave, I can find plenty of bible verses which will support me and I can even get some basic rules about how to do it. But, unfortunately this is illegal and most Christians now seem to re-interpret the bible so that it doesn’t contradict the law or make them look a bit old fashioned. But two hundred years ago they were using bible verses to justify owning slaves. Perhaps taking this more literal meaning of what was actually written about slavery was not ‘interpreting’ it enough? I wonder if you can give me some guidelines as to how far I can go to ‘interpret’ the bible to get the meaning I want. After all you can find all sorts of verses that can be interpreted in all sorts of ways, many of which contradict each other. Also I’m glad you mentioned the mustard seed thing, because I have been trying that thing with the mountain but it just hasn’t worked out very well so far. The mountain just stays where it is. Do you think that my faith is not quite up to mustard seed proportions so far and, if so, how do I get it to that size? I can measure a mustard seed and weigh it with one of those very accurate scale things but I can’t even see faith, so how can I make it as big as a mustard seed, which does seem quite small? Do you know of any other Christians who have managed to move a mountain, or do we all have faiths that are smaller than mustard seeds? I would love to meet someone who has actually moved a mountain. That would be cool!

  • 2011-10-06T17:35:22

That is so true, Carolyn. Take my young niece, who has just started to speak. She's already saying works like 'mamma' and 'Dadda'. Now you try telling me that those words were put there by adults. Jesus must have taught her those words. Now, take Colton. How would he have ever known about his dead, unborn sister or his Dad's grandad who appears in the family picture? The parents swear they never mentioned them (well, the sister not the great grandad) and they would know. After all, most parents tend to have a perfect recollection of everything they say to their children - even the things they overhear when they don't even know they're there. And how would Colton know what his dead unborn sister would look like? Nobody had ever seen her and yet he described her perfectly as looking like his other living sister except with dark hair. That is remarkable. There is no way he would have known what she would look like after growing from an unborn faetus to an infant up in heaven. Also, Colton perfectly described Jesus dressed in white with a purple sash. That really freaks me out. How could he possibly know what Jesus wears in heaven? Jesus could be wearing a clown costume for all we know or dressed as a cowboy, and yet Colton describes him exactly as he really is just as we see him in so many pictures. Yet people will say that this is not proof of heaven or God or an afterlife. Shame on them!

  • 2011-10-06T16:54:56

Yes I always thought that. Animals must go to heaven right?, otherwise their owners would miss them and they would be sad - and it's impossible to be sad in heaven even if you want to be. If you want to be sad you can't because obviously there can't be any free-will in heaven or that would enable us to sin. Except for Lucifer and his shady bunch, they must have had free will, so God must have changed the rules since then. It's good to know that my pet gerbil and my little Goldfish, hank, will be waiting for me when I die. It's also good to know that the many millions of cows that we all eat in our lifetimes (average 22 cows each) will also be waiting for us. It makes me feel less bad for killing them. So, Tim, perhaps you can help me out here. I don't know which bible verse tells us that animals go to heaven. Perhaps you know and that will save me looking. Or maybe the Holy Spirit just told you in your heart. That would make sense. I wonder if there are any cows that have come back from heaven? It's a pity they wouldn't be able to tell us about it. Probably just as well if they didn't come back, though, as their bodies would already have been made into burgers.

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