Author Archives: Billy David Dickson

Billy is a writer , Bible college student, radio show host, and youth worker. He has worked with young people for over ten years. His work includes teaching children youth in Bible studies, and Sunday School classes.
He currently does a radio show everyday at 6:19 E.T. on KCRO radio 660 A.M. in Omaha, Nebraska.

Heaven for real is not based on the bible and is a danger

There is nothing new under the sun. From the time occult parapsychologist Raymond Moody coined the moniker “Near-Death Experience” (NDE) to the present, bestsellers on NDEs have abounded—Embraced by the Light by Betty Eadie; Beyond Death’s Door by Maurice Rawlings; Life after Life by Raymond Moody; The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Alex Malarkey; 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper; My Journey to Heaven by Marvin J. Besteman; Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander—to name just a few.
The following are ten reasons I consider the movie
Heaven Is for Real to be a dangerous diversion:
It is more than noteworthy to point out that NDEs are predictably contextualized by the backgrounds and belief systems of those who experience them. As such, they hardly provide a unified conclusion regarding the matters of life and death, heaven and hell, and most importantly the nature of God. Muslims encounter the Holy Spirit as the archangel Gabriel. Buddhists are inexorably guided down the pathway to nirvanic realization of “no self.” And the Burpos, who interpret the Bible literalistically, are now convinced that God the Father has enormous wings, blue eyes, and yellow hair, and God the Son is wingless, with sea-green-bluish eyes, brown hair, and a rainbow-colored horse. And the Holy Spirit? Well, He is bluish! Who would have thought?
The subjective recollection of NDErs are wildly divergent and mutually contradictory. Logically, while they can all be wrong, they cannot all be right. Orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal, in the wake of a drowning accident, felt her soul being inexorably pulled toward the entry of a “great and brilliant hall,” in which the dead are given “a final opportunity to choose God—or turn away—for eternity.” Conversely, in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, Dr. Eben Alexander experiences an afterlife in which such choices are wholly unnecessary—“You have nothing to fear.” “There is nothing you can do wrong.” This, writes Alexander, “is not only the single most important emotional truth in the universe, but also the single most important scientific truth as well.” In short, Neal, Alexander, and, for that matter, the Burpos and a host of other NDErs paint entirely different and conflicting portraits of the afterlife.
There is a substantive difference between clinical death and biological death. Put another way, to be almost dead and absolutely dead are two entirely different propositions. We may rightly suppose that what is experienced during clinical death and what will be experienced at the climax of death are not one and the same. The point here is that NDEs do not provide definitive knowledge of what happens after death in that NDErs by definition have not actually experienced biological death. In short, a near-death experience is the subjective recollection of an experience that occurred during a state of unconsciousness precipitated by a medical crisis, such as an accident, suicide attempt, or cardiac arrest. As such, an NDE is notoriously unreliable as a means by which to determine what awaits us when “the silver cord is severed” (Ecclesiastes 12:6).
There is a clear and present danger in turning to Burpo rather than the Bible respecting those things that allegedly will happen in the future. Has Burpo indeed been shown the future? Is he really a direct eyewitness who is now empowered to settle theological issues that the body of Christ has struggled with throughout its history? Has he really had face-to-face communication with the resurrected Christ, John the Baptist, David, Peter, John, and even the archangel Gabriel? If so, Burpo is a treasure to the body of Christ like unto the Bible. If not, we should dismiss the subjective recollections of a three-year-old and instead hold fast to that which is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
I do not doubt that some of those who claim to have been to heaven (or hell) have had a subjective experience. But that is precisely the point. Subjective experiences are notoriously unreliable; thus, they must be tested in light of an objective frame of reference—which in Christianity is the Bible. Again, Colton Burpo may genuinely believe that God has yellow hair and big wings. But we do well to “test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
( Read all of the above piece written by Hank Hanegraaff Heaven Is Real, but Heaven Is for Real Is Really Not )

Happy Passover 2014

I wanted to wish all of you who are taking part in the Passover Holiday a blessed one.

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Judge dismisses injunction against Jewish congregation meeting in home

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Texas town recovering, year after deadly blast

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Today’s ( Wednesday ) Posts

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John Hagee Denies Jesus as the Messiah
Hank Aaron fouls out
Nuns who support Obamacare aren’t faithful to their calling or to Catholic Doctrine
Imprisoned Christian waits for appeal on death penalty
Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race
Truths about the Resurrection
And from Monday’s blogging……
WHAT WORKS Solutions … not theories. Political progress … not political posturing.
Junior higher handles testicular cancer right

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John Hagee Denies Jesus as the Messiah

Here is a video that I found the other day. It is at least a few years old but it should show the false doctrine that Pastor Hagee is preaching.
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Hank Aaron fouls out

A black conservative activist says baseball great Hank Aaron couldn’t have been more “off base” when he compared Republicans who oppose Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking to USA Today last week on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th career homerun, the 80-year-old Aaron decided to play politics saying Republicans are hindering President Obama’s job performance.

The Hall of Famer went so far as to compare Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama to the KKK when he said: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” He added: “There’s not a whole lot that has changed” since he was chasing the home-run record in 1974.

Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the Project 21 (The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives), told OneNewsNow he was “so disappointed” when he heard Aaron’s comments. “I thought that they were, to use a phrase, ‘off base,’” he states.

For Aaron to have condemned America in that fashion is both unfortunate and destructive, he continues.

“I think it has been very unfortunate that he was unwilling to acknowledge the progress that we’ve seen in America in his lifetime,” says Cooper. “And I think it’s very, very destructive to say that when people disagree that that’s the same thing as bigotry, that that’s the same thing as racism.”

The Project 21 spokesman also says the baseball star needs to understand that the origins of the KKK aren’t with the Republican Party.

“There has been a political party in this country that’s been willing to exploit race. There has been a political party that’s been willing to promote division among us along racial lines – and that party is called the Democratic Party,” he explains.

Cooper isn’t standing by himself in his criticism. Conservative radio talk-show host Mark Levin described Aaron’s remarks as “ignorant” and “contemptible.”

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“This man has disgraced himself,” Levin said. “I reject this race-hustling, I reject this Balkanization of this great nation. To say what he said basically about Republicans who are trying to stop Obama from destroying the economy, from turning our constitutional system on its head is outrageous.”

Levin who is baseball card collector and a owner of a Hank Aaron card,” says he’s going to get rid of that card as fast as he can because he doesn’t want it anywhere in his house.
( Source Onenewnow )

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Nuns who support Obamacare aren’t faithful to their calling or to Catholic Doctrine

A dissident group of nuns isn’t only operating outside of its calling, says the American Life League, its members also are reflecting an absence of Christ in their lives.

Not only did the National Coalition of American Nuns formally support passage of the Affordable Care Act, in January it formally announced it was in favor of the ObamaCare mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs. As Michael Hichborn with the American Life League points out, that’s in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

“It remains to be seen how they can call themselves even Catholic, let alone nuns, considering that they support abortion, birth control, homosexuality, women’s ordination,” he tells OneNewsNow. “I mean, they’ve filled themselves up so much with their own immoral agendas that they’ve left absolutely no room for Christ.”

( Nuns with ‘immoral agendas’ supportive of ObamaCare mandate )

Imprisoned Christian waits for appeal on death penalty

A Pakistani Christian under the death penalty for blasphemy continues to wait for an appeal hearing.

Asia Bibi was accused of blasphemy by a co-worker, received the death penalty and has been behind bars since 2009. Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs gives an update on Bibi.

“There is word that she continues to be held in prison,” he tells OneNewsNow. “She continues to pray. She continues to read the scriptures. Last summer, she was moved to a prison that was much further away from her family, from her husband and her daughters. That has been a very significant challenge to her because it makes it much harder for them to come and visit.”

She was brought to Lahore for her appeal but one of the two judges required was absent. Nettleton explains the judges in the Moslem-dominated nation are under intense pressure.
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Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

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