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April 25th, 2011
12:52 PM ET

How one boy met Jesus

11-year-old Colton Burpo says he met Jesus eight years ago when the boy almost died from a burst appendix.

His father, Todd, chronicles it all in the book, "Heaven is for Real," a New York Times paperback bestseller.

CNN's Don Lemon spoke with Todd and Colton, who describes what Jesus was like.

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    May 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  2. Rachel

    People can argue all day about whether Jesus is real or not, and all the in between stuff. If you all are so confident that Jesus does not exist and that all of this is a bunch of hoowee, then why do you spend so much time trying to argue his non-existence? If you don't believe it is real, than why waste your time talking to the "crazy" people who do? Everyone has their own beliefs, and if a Christian believes in a merciful, loving God than that is their choice. If they are content in their beliefs, than why can't you be in yours, and stop trying to argue against others' beliefs?

    Sounds to me like you don't want Jesus to be real, or any God for that matter. And if that is the case, than that is your choice. There is no point in arguing about it because each person must make up their own minds what to believe or not. And it will only be in the end when it is made evident whose beliefs were true.

    For now, why not let the bitterness go, and live your life, and stop trying to disprove the faith some people choose to believe.

    May 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  3. el kababa

    Jesus was just a guy, not a god. He imagined that God would destroy the monarchy, expel the Romans, and rule Israel. Jesus was not a Christian.

    After he died, his followers invented Christianity 2.0, which consisted of waiting for Jesus to return real soon.

    Constantine invented Christianity 3.0, which consisted of being a member of the Catholic Church and going to heaven when you died.

    Martin Luther invented Christianity 4.0, with the Protestant Reformation, which consisted of being a good person and going good deeds.

    Modern televangelists and Evangelicals have invented Christianity 5.0, which consists of dialing a toll-free number with one hand while holding your Master Card in the other.

    May 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
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