Bold notation my own, Italics are not. Chapter 12, pg. 63
Sitting at my makeshift desk, I looked over at my son as he brought Spider-Man pouncing down on some nasty-looking creature from Star Wars. "Hey Coulton," I said. "Remember when we were in the car and you talked about sitting on Jesus' lap?"
Still on his knees, he looked up at me. "Yeah."
"Well, did anything else happen?"
He nodded, eyes bright. "Did you know that Jesus has a cousin? Jesus told me his cousin baptized him."
"Yes, you're right," I said. "The Bible says Jesus' cousin's name is John."
Mentally, I scolded myself. Don't offer information. Just let him talk...
"I don't remember his name," Coulton said happily, "but he was really nice."
John the Baptist is "nice"?!
Just as I was processing the implications of my son's statement--that he had met John the Baptist--Coulton spied a plastic horse among his toys and held it up to me to look at. "Hey, Dad, did you know Jesus had a horse?"
"Yeah, a rainbow horse. I got to pet him. There's lots of colors."
Lots of colors? What was he talking about?
"Where are there lots of colors, Coulton?"
"In heaven, Dad. That's where all the rainbow colors are."
Heavan is for Real by Todd Burpo details the events of Todd, his family and most particularly his son Coulton, following Coulton suffering from a burst appendix in 2003 (he was shortly before turning 4 years old at the time.) During an emergency operation to remove poisons from his body from the burst appendix, Coulton spent a short time on the operating table where he was physically dead. In this time, detailed over the course of several different mentions and conversations, (the shown discourse being one of them) it is relayed that during Coulton's 'dead' time he had an out-of-body experience and vision of heavan. In which, he met and coversed with Jesus Christ, met several family members who had passed away (including a sister whom Todd and his wife Sonja had never told him about, since she was miscarried.)
This quotation struck me in a very peculiar way in how curiously specific it was.
Obviously this book is not given as canon to even faithful Christians compared to The Bible, but what it talks about has some theologians thinking.
I for one welcome the implications on my faith.
Edited by Blue, 28 January 2012 - 10:41 AM.