From M. A.:
I see three
possibilities of how this book about
90 Minutes in Heaven came
First, it's possible that Piper is deliberately telling lies. However, that seems unlikely because he seems to be wholehearted and sincere, and to care about God.
Second, it's possible that he had some kind of natural delusion due to his extreme medical situation. Sometimes seriously ill people in hospitals think that something happened when it never really happened at all. It could be that a dream seems like it is reality, or it could be a hallucination.
Third, it's possible that he had a demonic delusion. The Bible warns us that there will be lying signs and wonders in the end times, and that they will be done in the power of the devil.
I would suspect that it is the third, a demonic delusion. There are precedents. There are lots of stories of people having encounters with UFO's. Some of them may be lying or just confused, but I suspect that some of it is demonic delusions.
There was an apparition of Mary in Fatima, Portugal that involved something called the "miracle of the sun". A huge crowd of people all saw and experienced the same thing. The sun danced in the sky and came careening towards the earth, looking larger and larger as it came. The people thought that they were doomed. And then, all of a sudden, the sun was back where it belonged and looking normal. In addition, there had been heavy rain and everybody was soaked, but all of a sudden, everybody was dry.
I believe that it was a demonic special effects show of some kind. And I would not be at all surprised to find that there are also demonic special effects shows involving UFO's, visits to Heaven, and visits to hell.
I love your statement, "Don Piper's vision is more in line with today's emerging church: It's feeling-centered, not fact-centered. It focuses on self, not on God. It includes some old information (i.e. streets of gold), but no new revelation. It emphasizes human emotions, not God-given Truth." That is excellent!
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