First of all, sorry for the long lay off. Last week I was off at camp, and this week I have been busy catching up & preparing for our new little one (who is due in just a couple of weeks). But that is not what brought be back to my “blog desk.”
Last night my wife and I were listening to the Al Mohler program–I know we are nerds–and it was “ask anything Wednesday.” Usually I do not enjoy “ask anything Wednesday” because it usually turns into “ask a stupid question Wednesday,” but yesterday one caller actually asked a thoughtful question. I am not smart enought to quote the converstaion exactly (maybe you can find a transcript on Mohler’s website), but I will do my best to summarize.
The caller’s basic question was: “Dr. Mohler, what do you think of the books that have recently come out written by people who claim to have died, gone to heaven, and then been revived?”
It is a good question. And Dr. Mohler had a great answer. He expressed great caution about these accounts for two reasons. First of all, God has revealed to us all that we need to know about Heaven in His word. How is a book from some guy off the street going to improve upon what God has already told us about eternity. Second, even if these people did experience what they say they have then they should not even be talking about it. “Why?” you ask. Well, 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 gives the answer to that:
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
Here Paul is telling his readers that he was, in fact, called up into the third heaven and saw paradise. However, exactly how it happen is really unsure to to him. Additionally, Paul says that the things that were revealed to him “cannot be told” and “man may not utter” them.