Cliff’s Edge

Cliff Goldstein

is editor of the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide. His next book, Baptizing the Devil: Evolution and the Seduction of Christianity has just been released by Pacific Press.

​Heaven Is for Real

A friend with whom I’ve been dialoguing (debating? arguing? fighting?) for 34 years about the state of the dead sent me a link to the trailer for the movie Heaven Is for Real. “Watch this, Cliff,” he wrote, “and tell me how this fits with your Seventh-day Adventist dogma about the dead.”

Based on a true story, the movie tells about a little boy named Colton who is rushed to the emergency room, where he dies but revives. Colton had a near-death experience (NDE) in which he said he saw heaven. There he had encounters with the dead, everyone from a sister who had died in a miscarriage before Colton was born, to his father’s grandfather, …

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