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Can Christians Trust Talesfrom Heaven? Yes!
Millions have read the testimonies of those who have been to heaven and returned. But what do these stories mean for Christians? How do they fit with what the Bible teaches? What do they say about who goes to heaven? Debate has raged throughout the church about whether we should trust these testimonies, since they don't always align with what we think the Bible teaches. Reverend John Price, a pastor who has been a pioneer in integrating near-death accounts into ministry, surveys the Bible and Christian doctrines to discover that these firsthand accounts of encounters with God are fully compatible with Christian spirituality.
Price began his ministry not believing in heaven. In Revealing Heaven, after hearing over two hundred accounts of near-death experiences, Price narrates the stories of those who helped change his mind and now makes a case not only for why Christians can trust near-death accounts but for why we should treat these amazing stories as precious gifts from God.
Reverend John W. Price has been a priest of the Episcopal Church since 1965. He serves as a spiritual director and was a chaplain at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston. He also is a member of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation, which has the largest near-death experience website in the world.
“A must read for anyone interested in heaven or near-death experiences, Revealing Heaven is a powerful and exceptionally well-written book. The Reverend John Price has heard over 100 people narrate their near-death experiences and his insights are both informative and profoundly inspirational.”
“A compelling book.”
“This is a well written book taking the form of stories more than a theological treatise. It is a small book but one I suspect will give encouragement and hope to many who read it.”
Avid ReaderKentuckyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved! Loved! Loved!June 27, 2014Avid ReaderKentuckyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read the Bible. I have read all of the Heaven Books. I love that Rev. Price (The first that I know of to do so), has taken many (1,000?) near death experiences that have been reported, written about, and told to him specifically in his vocational life, and compared them for similar themes so that we can emerge from reading his book with truths about the afterlife that are universal. It's my favorite of all of the Heaven Books. It is hopeful! It is faith affirming. It gives us a picture of Christ's love for us ALL. He explains why so many NDE's have emerged in the 21st century. I believe him to have been earnestly seeking his own answers, for his own congregation, when he set out on this journey of comparing these stories. It is a fascinating read and left me breathlessly excited! I have shared it's message with many and will continue to do so. I am educated as a Master's Degreed Professional Christian Counselor and my faith or beliefs in a loving and merciful God were strengthened from his work.
M. SimmonsAtlantic IAAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5June 24, 2013M. SimmonsAtlantic IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Revealing Heaven "sounds" Christian, and the author uses enough Biblical Scriptures to make the reader ponder if this could be the GOSPEL way, but to my great disappointment it was NEW AGE, UNIVERSAL PANTHEISM. Every god cannot be the True God, and every message cannot be the True Message! Jesus said, "I AM the Way, the Truth and The Life. NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY ME." All RELIGIONS do not lead to Heaven!
WyozarkYoder, WYAge: 55-65Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Interesting, but shallow....June 12, 2013WyozarkYoder, WYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1Recently I read a news story of an accident victim who shared that he believed that he saw heaven. The article referenced the Episcopalian author, John Price, as someone quite familiar with stories of Near-Death Experiences (NDE) and had written a book on the subject. Intrigued by the title - Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case for Near-Death Experiences - I found the book on Christianbook, and bought it.
The book is sort of what I thought it might be - a collection of stories of people who claim they had briefly experienced death and had visions, conversations, and sensations not easily described. Yet because it "was not yet their time" they were returned to this life. A long, long time ago I had read Life After Life, and author Price attributes that book as a significant influence in helping him understand the stories he has been told.
Looking back at my vapid introduction, some readers may feel a NDE coming on and are hoping I get to the main point...
So here it is: this book DOES not make the "Christian case" for NDE or heaven. Some reading this will say, "well, that settles it: Ol' Wyozark sure wouldn't lead us wrong_" But for the Missourians and other people who like to have a little more information - I will explain why I have made that assertion.
Most often book titles make a claim, and in this case the claim that this book will affirm a Christian case for...what? Near-Death Experiences? No, the existence of heaven - the dwelling place of God, the place where I think most Christians hope they will go when their body dies. Yet, not all of the NDE people that Rev. Price presents in these stories were Christians. It almost seems that maybe half of them weren't (I did not go back to count). Yet they claim they experienced "heaven." And for the few that did experience "hell", Rev. Price pointed out that they were people who may have been church members - but that they were unpleasant and unloving people. He spotlighted one man who went to "hell", for he said he was a fundamentalist pastor who had preached "hate" from the pulpit. After his NDE, the pastor repented of "hateful preaching", and lost his church in the process.
So. If I understand what is presented in this book - people who are atheists, homosexuals, Buddhists, Hindu, Muslims, no-declared religion, and some Christians do experience what they believe is heaven when they "temporarily" die and it is because they are essentially good or loving people. And there are a few people who experience hell because they are disagreeable or unloving and their church affiliation doesn't matter. Some who did "die" said that they saw Jesus, though others didn't. There were a lot of inconsistencies of experience, which makes for a moving target in trying to understand the matter.
Now, does this not sound very worldly? Isn't this what a lot of people in the secular culture generically believe - that "good people" go to heaven and "bad people" go to hell? How does the author make a "Christian" case for heaven and NDE, when a lot of the people who made it to heaven ostensibly were not and had no plans to become Christians? The author has relied on some scriptures to carry his proposal, but I found that the stories he relates do not square with the totality of scripture - which means that while reading the book one has to decide: are the stories told truthful, or are they half-truths with other explanations? I do not mean to say Rev. Price is not telling the truth, but I am skeptical about the people telling the stories. The real question about the book is, "how can it be a "Christian case" for heaven, if it really doesn't matter whether you are a Christian? The theology expressed here is that heaven is attained through good works, not grace or faith, and that hell is reserved for people who don't "show the love."
There are a few interesting revelations in the book that I have heard similar stories from people I absolutely trust as truthful. But these are minor things. The main thing is to have a personal relationship with Jesus, relying on Him to forgive and save.
Rev. Price has somewhat fed my interest and I do not regret buying the book. I will likely continue to explore this topic; I need to find and re-read my copy of Randy Alcorn's book about heaven. A friend lent us her copy of "Heaven is for Real." I wasn't much interested in reading it until now. Surely I want to learn as much as I can so that I can minister or witness to someone with questions, though so much will probably remain unknown and that it will come down to this: "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - _"