People search for validation to their pre-conceived beliefs. That is why they
pay attention to the discourses of a four year old child when it concerns the
after-life, however, if that same four-year old disappeared for an hour on a
camping trip, and upon being found told his parents that he was abducted by
aliens, there would be an abundance of skepticism--again due to pre-conceived
beliefs. I'm not poo-pooing the existence of heaven, but I do like to
analyze human psychological behaviors. Human beings want to be validated more
than anything else. It is a fascinating field of study.
I've read the book and for those wondering, although many of the concepts
are similar to what the LDS version of heaven is, much of it is not as well.
For perhaps the first half of the book, I was amazed at how similar the
kid's explanation was of the version of heaven LDS believe in. But at some
point it deviated significantly to the point where I thought either the kid is
fabricating, the parents are fabricating, or LDS heaven is incorrect. I guess a
fourth option is heaven doesn't exist but that's a different
discussion. If any others have read the book, I'm interested in hearing
I once heard a story of a 14 year old boy who also said he saw and talked to
Jesus Christ. Some believed him, some didn't. Some things will never
A boy raised by a fundamentalist Christian pastor having a near death experience
of Jesus does little to establish the experience as "true" in any
veridical sense. When they find a child not indoctrinated into a belief system
in any way having an experience that seems to confirm that belief system, then
we may want to pay attention.Since near-death experiences seem to be
universal, it would make sense to look at reports from different cultures. I
suspect Hindus are not reporting visions of Jesus, however they do report
visions of their gods regularly.
happy2bhereYour Joseph Smith story is not the only one out there.
There are many many stories, past and present of people claiming to talk to god.
Why should we believe any of them? If god wants us to believe, he can visit each
one of us individually.. which he has yet to do.
BrahmabullBecause Joseph Smith had something to show for that experience.
The Book of Mormon. Otherwise, your're correct, many frauds could claim
Having read the book, I am led to believe the Colton had a dream vision where he
saw and heard wonderful things about eternity. Like most dreams, we wake up and
try to make sense of the experience. What you can't remember, you
subconsciously fill in with guesses.Whether angels had wings, the
Holy Ghost was blue, or Heavenly Father was of immense size could easily be the
result of interpreting details that were incomprehensible to him.As
a child, Colton heard stories and songs and saw pictures during his brief,
Christian-based life. This was the framework he worked from as this experience
unfolded before him. The main message of his vision was that Jesus was the Son
of God, and He loved him.How much extra detail or distortion
gradually seeped into the family's memory over the past years we'll
never know. They gave the best rendition they could remember.
happy2bhereBut if you are unimpressed with the content of the Book
of Mormon, and believe it to be nothing more then 19th century fiction (as I
believe) then it makes everything even more confusing.
Dream it, package it, and sell it. If enough people buy it you may receive
suffice coin to make your dreams come true.