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Heaven Is For Real, The Book Isn't: An Astounding Refutation Of A Story About A Trip To Heaven And Back Kindle Edition

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David Eric Williams has ministered throughout the Mountain-West region of the United States since 1988. He holds a BA from the University of the State of New York an MA from the Southern California Graduate School of Theology and is ordained with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. Eric, his wife and nine children have been independent scholars for over twenty five years

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There is one question that continually arises from the pages in this "rebuttal". Is the author truly using Biblical discernment or is he trying to discredit the Burpo family using human logic? I will be the first to say that, as an educated man, I have a modicum of trust in the intellect of man which I believe to be given to us by God. I believe that all healing comes from God, be it through the God given intellect of human physicians, the miracle of the physical body, or the scientists who work tirelessly in an effort to find cures for diseases. However, this seems to be an attempt to defy the Spiritual with a mortal thought process. Also, the author flirts dangerously with blasphemy of the Holy Spirit in some of the accusations such as "demonic influence". It is beyond irresponsible, as a Christian, to attribute the works of God to Satan, and shows a HUGE lack of Spiritual discernment if this is the author's intent.

The author speaks of discernment, but where does discernment come from? Discernment comes through a foundation in Faith and as a result, directly from the Spirit. Those without a strong foundation in Faith CANNOT have true Spiritual discernment. Trying to approach a rebuttal to a miracle of God through a thought process of a feeble human mind, regardless of the amount of human intellect, is simply not discernment. It seems as though the author found the claims of the Burpo family to be ludicrous and foolish, and the "wise" has been confounded. He seems to feel offended that his mind can't logically explain such events, so the book is an attempt to explain them away.

Just remember that discernment comes through God's guidance. If you feel that "check in your Spirit" while reading this or any other book, it has happened for a reason.
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424 of 461 people found the following review helpful By April McNatt on September 5, 2011
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That was no reputable refutation of the story of Colton Burpo's experience. For someone so educated he didn't prove his point. Expressing his 'feelings' as proof is such an affront from someone who relies on their intellect to get them by as Mr Williams does in his pamphlet. His supposed examination falls very short of proving itself. Indeed, very short of truth. It appears to be just a scam to sell his own books. It looks like he needs to examine his own heart and motives 'way down deep'.
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119 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 23, 2012
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I read the original book, "Heaven is for Real." I was skeptical for a while. By the end of the book however, it just did not make sense to me that a 4 year old would be capable of making up some of the things the boy talked about. Yes, some of what he described could have been things he picked up at Sunday school or in picture books. The boy may have honestly thought some of those were what he remembered (psychologists call these "false memories" that even adults can be subject to). ON THE OTHER HAND . . . Some of what this boy described was absolutely amazing and were things there is no way he would have known about. If I wanted to play the devil's advocate, I would go more with the idea that the parents made it up. The Mom and Dad and older sister, would all have to be in on the scam though, and I just can't see a small town, committed Christian pastor, his wife and daughter, foisting such a hoax to their congregation and then to the whole country. Not impossible, not unprecedented, but in this case . . . tough to imagine.

Now to the book at hand:
I thought D. Erik Williams refutation was rife with weak arguments, and ascribing as implausible anything that was remarkable. How can Mr. Williams critique a book about someone's experience with God where anything outside of the ordinary is deemed "implausible"? I would have to ask him, "What miracle would seem plausible?" Would any healing, being delivered from long term addictions, being saved from an accident due to bizarre twists of fate, would any of these seem plausible to a skeptic. No. If we saw miracles happen every day all around us we would soon cease to call them miracles. That is the circular reasoning of much of his argument.
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373 of 409 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Meyers on August 29, 2011
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It is sad to find such an accusation against a family who merely shared a testimony. The Burpo family does not deny the deity of Christ in their book Heaven is for Realnor present their story as dogmatic teaching.
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122 of 133 people found the following review helpful By lowellsp on October 9, 2011
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The title here is misrepresentative of the contents. There is no "astounding refutation" of the Burpo story here. Williams simply provides his opinions about why he doesn't believe the Burpo story could be true. He provides a few reasons why he believes the Burpo story is naturally unbelievable, then lists a group of theological concerns. Even then, his theological concerns are addressed from his particular method of interpreting Scripture. For instance, he believes the Book of Revelation is purely symbolic and that one cannot expect that there are literal gates of pearl and streets of gold. When I read the Burpo story myself, I too thought it sounded somewhat difficult to believe. Nevertheless, Williams' very brief (24 pages on my iPad) critique is not nearly adequate enough to be considered "an astounding refutation."
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