Not a surprise really, but nonetheless many Christian activists were using his story as proof of the truth behind Christianity, and not his story only, but other similar ones of people who claim to have died and then gone to heaven or seen the Christian version of events in the afterlife. What’s very interesting as well, is that the well known Islamophobe Ali Sina, has stated that it’s stories like these, that made him decide to convert to Christianity from atheism. Perhaps he should start thinking twice about whether such stories constitute strong evidence for becoming a Christian, and not only him, but others who also believe that such stories constitute strong evidence.
A bestselling Christian book that claims to detail a boy’s trip to heaven and his return to Earth is being pulled from stores after one of its co-authors admitted he made the whole thing up.
The 2010 memoir, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” was written by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey, a Christian therapist in Ohio.
In 2004, when Alex was 6, the two were badly injured in an automobile accident. Alex ended up in a coma for two months, and the book claims to tell the story of his trips to heaven during that time.
Malarkey described a heaven with a “hole in outer heaven” that goes to hell. He detailed his conversations with Jesus Christ and meetings with the devil, who at one point blamed him for the accident.
But on Tuesday, the boy, who was left a quadriplegic in the accident, took it all back. The Pulpit & Pen website published “An Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven,” written by Alex.
“I did not die. I did not go to Heaven,” Alex wrote in the open letter, adding:
“I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.”
Beth Malarkey, Alex’s mother and caregiver, is divorced from Kevin Malarkey. She told the Patheos website that she was troubled by the book, and pointed to a blog post she wrote about it last April.
“It is both puzzling and painful to watch the book ‘The Boy who Came Back from Heaven’ to not only continue to sell, but to continue, for the most part, to not be questioned,” Beth Malarkey wrote at the time. She said her son had not benefitted financially from the book.
Kevin Malarkey has not publicly commented on his son’s statement. His blog hasn’t been updated in more than four years, and his public Facebook page hasn’t featured a new public post since October.
“The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” is part of a growing and popular sub-genre of Christian literature referred to as “heavenly tourism.” It had received largely positive reviews from its audience, averaging 3.9 stars on Goodreads, 3.9 stars at Barnes & Noble and 4.2 stars at Amazon.
Alex Malarkey is now a teenager. In 2009, he became the first child to have “Christopher Reeve surgery,” which allows him to breathe without a ventilator.
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I heard of this from another source of news. I think it is very sincere of this child to admit this. While there are many claims made through the history of people going either to heaven or hell, it is contrary to the bible that anyone just experience that.
I don’t think Ali Sina converted to Christianity, he just believes in God and near death experiences (NDEs) were one of the reasons. His range of thinking is very “new age”.
While it is true that many christians belief that when they die, that they go to heaven or go to hell this is unbiblical. To the muslims writing these blogs I say as a christian teacher that I can tell you christianity in it’s widest totality is not united on theology. There are many religions in christianity, so you guys have to be careful not to take all as one cause they are not. The majority of christians are in error this is sadly so. Only a fpvery few percentage does truly how it is required of them. It is good the boy confessed because thid exposes some of the lies within christianity. The bible is very clear that when a person dies he exhales out his last breath and the body goes back to the dust from where it came. The bible does not teach immortality of the soul nor does it teach that we will go straight to heaven or hell. God bless. Kevin