A young eight-year-old boy named Landon Whitley has an amazing story to tell with his near death experience memories. After suffering through a horrific car crash, and being medically dead and revived three separate times, Whitley claims he clearly remembers seeing heaven, Jesus, angels, and all the things commonly described in the Bible.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Colton Burpo had a similar near death experience when he was younger, and the story he told was eventually turned into a book and then a movie called Heaven Is For Real.
Whitley’s story started back in October of 1997 when he was riding home from church with his parents in the backseat of their Pontiac Sunfire. When the family was crossing an intersection, their vehicle was hit in the side by an ambulance.
Landon’s father died in the car accident and the boy barely survived. Paramedics had to be revived once at the scene of the accident, once on the trip to the hospital, and once again when they arrived. In order to save his life, doctors had to install 23 metal plates in his head and his nose needed to be reconstructed. To this day, the young man cannot see out of his left eye but he otherwise lives a normal life now.
Landon vividly recalls each time he died, saying he recalls seeing “streets of gold,” his then-dead father, and he also met two other family members he had never known about.
“My mom had two miscarriages before me that I had never known about, never heard about. I was able to see them.”
His mother, Julie Kemp, also suffered from broken ribs, collapsed lung and a concussion, but since she was sitting on the opposite side of the vehicle from the impact she was spared worse injuries.
Still, the emotional injuries ran deep:
“These days I can thank God for giving me the strength to get through it. I didn’t see the strength when I was going through it – I saw the challenges and the hurt.”
Years after the accident, the family decided to write a book called “Faith Has Its Reasons” in order to detail their near death experience, Landon’s visions of heaven, and the grieving process the family went through.
Not everyone may be enthusiastic about the prospect of another book that claims to describe the Bible’s heaven in detail. In fact, Christians apparently are the biggest critics. Such books are derided “heaven tourism” and the category is dismissed as “pure junk, fiction in the guise of biography, paganism in the guise of Christianity.”
One author named John MacArthur was very harsh in his description of the authors of these books:
“For anyone who truly believes the biblical record, it is impossible to resist the conclusion that these modern testimonies—with their relentless self-focus and the relatively scant attention they pay to the glory of God—are simply untrue. They are either figments of the human imagination (dreams, hallucinations, false memories, fantasies, and in the worst cases, deliberate lies), or else they are products of demonic deception.”
But people like Colton Burpo says he uses his visions of heaven to reach people. He also does not let these criticisms from fellow Christians shake his conviction in what he remembers:
“The atheists, you’re like, I expect that from them, but when you see a person who claims to be a Christian attacking you’re like, ‘This is awful.’ Well, with me, my main response is, ‘OK you can believe what you want to. That’s not going to stop me from sharing what I saw.’ I am decently easygoing. It takes a lot to rattle my cage, so I take the pacifist approach.”
What do you think about the story of Landon Whitley? Do you believe heaven is for real, and do you think these written accounts are accurate?