2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (Paul)
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.
Here is the video story of Colton’s and family claims that he had a near death experience of the afterlife. This is the first story that fascinated me about NDEs. I went on to do some research on NDEs and I’ll share some more about what I’ve found in future posts. Interestingly, science is also taken by this and other stories from NDE survivors and we can probably count on far more being revealed about how these experiences occur.
During his experience, Colton says that he remembers things that make his story more believable since as his family reports that he shouldn’t have known what he claims to have learned in Heaven.
During the course of surgery for a ruptured appendix, the little boy from Nebraska says that he sat in the lap of Jesus. He saw streets of gold. He says that Angels sang to him. He says that he met his great grandfather that had died thirty years before Colton was born. He claims that he’d met a second sister “there” in what Colton refers to as Heaven.
Colton was only four at the time of his sudden brush with death.” In this second video, the hospital scene is presented. There, the family discovers that Colton is perhaps going to die. Four months after recovery, Colton began to tell his parents about what he remembered from the hospital. His story was very different from theirs. Colton claims that Jesus and some Angels came to him and that they all flew up to Heaven. As he relates the story, Colton says that his visit to Heaven began in the Throne room. He says that he was upset and that God brought out his great grandfather to help him to get calm. Later, he claims that he also met his unborn sister. Colton says that she is waiting there for her parents to come to Heaven. Colton’s message to us: “I learned that heaven is for real and that you’re gonna like it…
When people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them that the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the big bang, so there is no time for god to make the universe in.” (Stephen Hawking)
In this video, Colton relates his story in contrast to Stephen Hawking’s declaration that Heaven is “a fairy story for people who are afraid of the dark.” Hawking will admit that it cannot be proved that God does not exist but rather than leave it alone at that, he claims that science makes God unnecessary. Hawking claims that “laws of physics can prove the existence of the universe without the need for a creation.
Stephen Hawking seemed to want to disprove God. He can not. Science is “supposed” to demonstrate facts. Scientists know this. Hawking disregards that he is speaking to the world as an eminent scientist when he made the declaration (as quoted) regarding Heaven. Whatever he believes, he cannot prove what he said. His position that intelligent life came about by chance is fine and so may he believe whatever he chooses about the supernatural and spirits and so on. His opinions on that are just his opinions.
According to the Oxford dictionary, naturalism refers to the viewpoint that laws of nature operate in the universe, and that nothing exists beyond the natural universe or, if it does, it does not affect the natural universe. The supernatural is that which is not subject to the laws of nature, or more figuratively, that which is said to exist above and beyond nature. The afterlife is of the supernatural.
Viewed as entertainment, fact, or fiction, this is an interesting story.
Thanks for reading.
Here is a summary from the timeline published in the book “Heaven is For Real”
July 1976—Todd Burpo’s grandpa, whom he calls “Pop” (Lawrence Edelbert Barber), dies in a car accident between Ulysses and Liberal, Kansas.
1982—Todd as a thirteen-year-old hears and accepts Christ’s call into ministry as a preacher of the gospel.
December 29, 1990—Todd and Sonja Burpo are married.
August 16, 1996—Cassie Burpo, Colton’s older sister, is born.
July 1997—Pastor Todd and Sonja Burpo accept a call to the Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska.
June 20, 1998—Sonja Burpo miscarries their second child. She is two months along.
May 19, 1999—Colton Burpo is born.
August 2002—Todd shatters his leg in a coed softball tournament game.
October 2002—Todd develops kidney stones.
November 2002—Todd feels a lump in his chest that is diagnosed as hyperplasia.
February 27, 2003—Colton complains of stomach pain and has a high fever that is misdiagnosed as stomach flu.
February 28, 2003—Colton’s fever breaks. His parents rejoice, thinking that Colton is well, when in fact this is a sign of the rupturing of his appendix.
March 1, 2003—The Burpo family visits the Denver Butterfly Pavilion to celebrate Todd’s recovery. That night Colton begins vomiting uncontrollably.
March 3, 2003—Colton is examined by a doctor in Imperial, Nebraska, who dismisses suggestions of appendicitis.
March 5, 2003—Todd and Sonja personally check Colton out of the Imperial, Nebraska, hospital and take their son by car to North Platte, Nebraska’s Great Plains Regional Medical Center. Dr. Timothy O’Holleran prepares for surgery.
March 5, 2003—Colton undergoes his first surgery, an appendectomy. He has both a ruptured appendix and an abscess.
March 13, 2003—Colton is discharged from the hospital. But as Todd and Sonja wheel him into the elevator, Dr. O’Holleran shouts down the hallway for them to return. Blood tests reveal Colton’s white blood cell count has spiked. A CT scan reveals two more abscesses in his abdomen.
March 13, 2003—Colton undergoes a second surgery—a celiotomy [incision]—to drain the abscess. During surgery a total of three abscesses are found.
March 17, 2003—Dr. O’Holleran advises Todd and Sonja that there is nothing more he can do for Colton. He recommends that Colton be transferred to the Denver Children’s Hospital. A blizzard blocks all exits with two feet of snow. Back home in Imperial, their congregation gathers for a prayer meeting.
March 18, 2003—The next morning, Colton shows amazing signs of recovery and is soon playing like a normal kid. He skips to his CT scan, which shows no more obstruction.
March 19, 2003—After seventeen harrowing days, Colton’s family returns to Imperial.
July 3, 2003—While en route to visit his cousin in South Dakota, Colton tells the first of many accounts of heaven while parked in an Arby’s parking lot in North Platte, Nebraska. Colton progressively tells more stories of his adventures in heaven.
- a place called Heaven (hunt4truth.wordpress.com)
- is Heaven for real? Yes says an 11 year old (hunt4truth.wordpress.com)
- afterlife – part two: Dr. Eben Alexander (hunt4truth.wordpress.com)