The boy who co-wrote “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” lied about the entire experience. Imagine that.
At six years old, Alex Malarkey (really, that is his name) was severely injured in an automobile accident with his father, Kevin. Alex was in a coma for two months and claimed that he died and made numerous trips to heaven, which he described in great detail. Such detail that he and his father wrote a book for the Christian market about the experience. From the publisher,
“As you see heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.”
In a story published in PulpitandPen.org, the now 16-year old Alex told the world that the story about going to heaven was a lie. What makes the story worse is what he said immediately after. About those who profited from his tale of wonder and hope came this revelation:
“They [the people who made money from his now discredited book] should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.”
I would like to ask Alex, “Who exactly wrote your bible? There are at least 30 English versions of your holy book, each slightly different in tone and language. Which one is correct and not written by man?”
Is the Christian bible likened to the virgin birth of Jesus of Nazareth? Or the golden tablets on the Mormon faith that suddenly appeared to Joseph Smith to be translated?
If the Christian bible was given to us by God, then what language was it written in and why is there no original to work from to verify what is being preached in the churches throughout the United States on Sunday mornings.
Like these sermons, each version was written by men, interpreting the Christian bible as they see fit to meet their own morals and politics, the Bible was written by man with his own interpretations and commentary.
If God did give us this holy book, was he not smart enough to have the first edition somehow saved for future generations to read?
If the Bible is all knowledge, how do you explain the wondrous scientific discoveries over the last, let’s keep this simple, 100 years? The inventions, the new medications, explorations, this list goes on. Look around you to see what science has brought into your room to keep you alive as a quadriplegic.
It is my fear that too many parents will take your statement as an absolute truth, that you only need the bible to have the knowledge of the world. A book without basic science, absolutely no technology, with no engineering, and with no mathematics, the basic STEM requirements. How is the United State to keep its role as the leader of the free world if we cannot compete with the likes of China. Or for that matter, Cuba?
I am afraid that Alex’s family will keep the boy isolated from those who argue the fallacies of the Bible. That a supernatural sky fairy does not exist, there are no talking snakes or donkeys, that “miracles” are only stories and cannot be proven or recreated. That “God does wondrous things” is not an answer but an excuse for being too lazy to discover.