In this particular lesson, I introduce the issues of subjectivity vs. objectivity, and look at some hoaxes that have been passed off as genuine. Moreover, we examine four of the most popular NDE’s being sold in the bookstores, and promoted as being real experiences of heaven. In one of the books, the individual making the claims was asked what Jesus looked like, and he finally gave a picture drawn by another person making similar claims (of a rather modern European Caucasian male) as what Jesus actually looked like. Scripture suggests that Jesus was not physically attractive at all (see Isa 52:13-53:3). So, I inserted another picture of one of our members (who was in his earlier life a male model) that was strikingly similar to the one submitted in the book, “Heaven is for Real.”
The author of “Heaven is for Real” is a Charismatic believer. Another is a Baptist preacher. Still another is an Episcopalian, while the female is a Presbyterian, and serves as an “elder” even though such is strictly anti-Biblical (see 1 Tim. 3:1ff; Titus 1:5-9; etc.), and in spite of the fact that she rarely attends services.