One reason for being a skeptic is that people lie…often. Children lie, teenagers lie, college students and young adults lie, older adults lie, and seniors lie.
Here is a story that reinforces the need for skepticism.
Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher, has announced that it will stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey.
The best-selling book, first published in 2010, purports to describe what Alex experienced while he lay in a coma after a car accident when he was 6 years old. The coma lasted two months, and his injuries left him paralyzed, but the subsequent spiritual memoir – with its assuring description of “miracles, angels, and life beyond This World” – became part of a popular genre of “heavenly tourism.”
Earlier this week, Alex recanted his testimony about the afterlife. In an open letter to Christian bookstores posted on the Pulpit and Pen Web site, Alex states flatly: “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.”
In his open letter to Christian bookstores, Alex also stated this:
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. …