No one I know would be at all surprised about this revelation that a boy’s story (urged on by his father at least) that he died and went to Heaven before coming back was manufactured. Supernatural-based stories across the board are more fiction than fact.
Nearly five years after it hit best-seller lists, a book that purported to be a 6-year-old boy’s story of visiting angels and heaven after being injured in a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up.
The book is now out of print.
Alex recanted his story by writing to the Pulpit and Pen website.
“I did not die. I did not go to Heaven,” Alex wrote. He continued, “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. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.”
The website explains why they revealed this story:
Also, we are publishing this story because Christian publishers and retailers should have known better. They should have had the spiritual discernment, wisdom, compassion, and intestinal fortitude to not sell a book which contains, along with all books like it, deep theological problems. It also doesn’t help that in what is purported to be a “TRUE STORY” that there are vivid descriptions like which test the limits of how far we are willing to go outside the realm of scripture and accept as having been from God.
It’s alleged that the Lifeway bookstore corporation knew it was a scam and they are being called out on it. Really? They should have known better? Such stores contain a lot of hopeful propaganda that advances unsupported claims about the afterlife. Why is this any different? I sincerely doubt they are going to stop sales of such materials. They sell and they promote the belief which is the ultimate goal. Religion is also good business.
Welcome to the real world kid. What a pathetic story all around. Other Christian retailers of the book aren’t happy about the lies but that does not stop them from continuing to promote additional books about Heavenly tourism and life after death experiences. Recall the success of Eben Alexander’s “proof of Heaven” after it’s clear that his story is less than solid.
The problem remains that a small portion of people who read the book and completely believe it will NOT be swayed one bit by the exposure that it is total fiction. They will continue to believe in their religious tales because they want to. No evidence matters.
There is NO good evidence for the supernatural in any form – God, the devil, spirits, etc. Some people are easily swayed by emotional, dramatic retellings and forget that the stories are hollow and ultimately disappointing. Some people say it’s all BS and we’re not going to believe in nonsense just to feel better about the world.
Note: No one really needs to point out the jokes and logical fallacies in this story regarding the kid’s name and his reliance on the Bible as truth. It’s very obvious. I feel pretty sad for how this kid started his foundation in life and hope he can work his way out of the drama.
Tip: Patricia Hall, Kevin O’Malley
Addition: The boy who didn’t come back from heaven: inside a bestseller’s ‘deception’ No one wanted to know the truth.