Just had a fascinating chat with some church members about those books that do the rounds every so often about people that allegedly die and “go to heaven” for a bit. They then return and tell us about what they see there. Of course, often there is Jesus who is just plain nice to everyone. But there's always some apparently conflicting parts of the testimony too.
Now I'm a bit of a skeptic about these things – I think my main gripe is that all of a sudden these personal testimonies become authoritative, particularly when it's about topics that we feel naturally positive about. Added to that, I just don't think the whole 'go to heaven' stuff is Biblical at all – at least not as a general destination of the godly when they die. Maybe I'll post on a more Biblical doctrine of the afterlife in a while. But before I do that, a question which is unashamedly rhetorical.
Where in the Bible does it say that the believer goes to heaven when they die?
That should get us started. You know how the commenting thing works – off you go…