This has been buzzing around the web for the last couple of days… here are the words of Alex Malarkey who claimed he had died and visited heaven.
By the way, his book sold millions of copies… millions!
An Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven.
Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. I did not die. I did not go to Heaven. 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. It is only through repentance of your sins and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for your sins (even though he committed none of his own) so that you can be forgiven may you learn of Heaven outside of what is written in the Bible… not by reading a work of man. I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.
In Christ, Alex Malarkey.
Read the full Huffington Post article here.
I feel a little sorry for Alex to be honest… we’ve all told lies to get attention from people, perhaps not on this grand scale but, he is only 16 and the injuries he sustained all those years ago will affect him for the rest of his life. He fabcricated this as a child after suffering a huge physical trauma. That’s massively sad even though it does not in any way excuse the lies. The Malarkey family will always be the people who lied about heaven and profited [for a time] from gullible christians the world over.
But, here’s the thing… book publishers, book sellers and christians have sucked up an awful lot of similar stories in recent years with an alarming lack of discernment. And for what? Money? Book sales? Fame?
The ‘christian book industry’ needs to take a long hard look at itself!