Boy Who Went to Heaven Admits It Was All Malarkey (VIDEO)

The plethora of books published verifying the existence of heaven by those claiming to have been there must be soothing for millions, but one of these bestselling heaven travelers, Alex Malarkey, has actually admitted he made the whole thing up. And it's jaw-droppingly shocking that he would admit this. I mean, not that he made it up, that was obvious, but that he admitted it!!

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Alex Malarkey, 16, who authored the bestseller The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven with his father, Kevin, when he was 12, has written an open letter confessing the whole thing was a cry for attention. Yep, Malarkey says it was all just a bunch of malarkey. Ha!

Alex got into a car accident with his father when he was 6 years old. The book was published in 2010. Alex had previously said that while he was lying in a coma after the accident, he traveled to heaven and met Jesus.

But now he's got a different version of events. On the Pulpit and Pen website, he wrote:

I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.

I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to ...

It is only through repentance of your sins and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for your sins (even though he committed none of his own) so that you can be forgiven may you learn of Heaven outside of what is written in the Bible ... not by reading a work of man.

What's even stranger is that Alex and his mother have apparently been trying to recant his heaven yarn for years, but no one would listen to them. Reportedly, a post that Alex put on his own Facebook page about the lie was removed by administrators and then Alex was blocked from his own page! Obviously there were lots of people invested in this work of fiction for various reasons.

Alex's mom denies Alex has ever made any money from this book. I have my theories on how that could happen, but since I have no proof, I'll keep my theories to myself, but let's just say the whole thing sounds like a big conspiracy to make money from flogging a very popular theme in the Christian book publishing world: People who went to heaven and came back to tell us about it (search for "went to heaven" on Amazon and over 100 pages of results come back).

The publisher, Tyndale House, has reportedly decided to stop selling the book. Christian booksellers are rapidly pulling the book.

It's unclear how the entire lie came about. Was it all Alex's doing? What about his parents? What about an agent, the publisher? It would take more than a 12-year-old kid's imagination to bring this to fruition.

One thing is for sure, this kid deserves props for finally admitting truth. Perhaps now he's got another, more interesting, story to tell.

Had you read the book? Did you believe it?

Image via Tyndale House

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