Weeks after a Christian professor claimed movies and books about Heaven can harm Christian theology, Texas Pastor John Burke has said they can actually be beneficial and improve one's quality of life. He should know, he's studied over 1,000 cases of near-death experiences and published a new book on the subject.
In his book, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You, Burke, a former engineer, explores commonalities he found in 120 different NDE accounts, which he believes are all in line with Scripture.
In September, Scot McKnight, a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, told The Christian Post that among the more than 100 NDE accounts he has researched, most were "seriously out of synch" with what the Bible says about the afterlife.
Burke, however, says his own research proves otherwise.
"I bring together 120 accounts and you see how they overlap and tie in with Scripture," the Gateway Church pastor told CP. "When you look at what they report across the whole, it's amazingly biblical, and that's what I'm showing."
He added: "I don't advocate building your view of Heaven off of one or two of these experiences. You need to start with the Scriptures — that's where you need to get your authority."
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