This Boy Says He Met His Dead Sister in Heaven — Thing Is, He Never Knew She Existed

Thu, March 3, 2011 10:21am EDT by 25 Comments

Courtesy WTKR

When he was 4-years-old, Colton claimed he saw Heaven and sat on Jesus’ lap. Now, you can read his story in a book, “Heaven Is For Real.”

Colton Burpo, who almost died at age four when his appendix burst, says he met his dead sister in Heaven and “sat on Jesus’ lap.” The remarkable thing is, Colton’s parents, Todd and Sonya, had never told him about his sister, who Sonya miscarried a year before Colton’s birth. They were astonished by his story, as are we! But, are his visions real or made up in his dreams? 

After his appendix burst and undergoing two emergency surgeries, Colton, of Imperial, Nebraska, was hanging on by a thread. While his parents watched his procedure from the viewing room, their son was up in Heaven, meeting his unborn sister and looking down at them praying.

“She looked familiar and she started giving me hugs and told me she was glad to have someone from her family up there,” Colton says of the encounter with his sister. “She doesn’t have a name though, she said they never gave her one. But she can’t wait for her mom and dad to come to Heaven to meet her.” Incredible.

His parents, who says their son looks “dead serious” when he describes what happens to him, were once again shocked when Colton says he saw his great-grandfather, “Pop,” who had died 30 years earlier. But, Pop wasn’t an old man. Colton said he recognized him from a picture of when Pop was young. Interesting thought.

Colton, now 11, says his visions became more clear as time went by. “I remember Jesus,” he says, “there’s streets of gold and a lot of colors. I sat on Jesus’ lap and then I just felt safe. God, he is the biggest one in Heaven, he can hold the world in his hands.” Who also mentioned that everyone has wings and can fly, except for Jesus, who hovers up and down.

Sonja, who is a teacher, initially had her doubts about Colton’s vivid  recollections, but local pastor Todd insists: “I am convinced he was in Heaven.” Now the Burpos have released a book about Colton’s experience called Heaven Is For Real, which has sold more than a half a million books and is a New York Times Best Seller.


–Leigh Blickley

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ciera

Posted at 9:29 PM on March 23, 2011  

i dont no what to think!!!!

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Me

Posted at 12:56 PM on March 21, 2011  

I realize this is the internet, and a gossip site at that, but please get a better editor. There are several grammatical errors including the misuse of there for their and a sentence that begins, “Who also mentioned…” Please don’t sacrifice quality for expedience.

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alva

Posted at 6:14 PM on March 17, 2011  

wow is so believe it!!
jesus lives and will live for ever!!!!!!!
this kids is a chosen one

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Holl

Posted at 11:38 PM on March 14, 2011  

I believe it. Had an extremely similar experience myself however no drugs were involved.

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Sarah

Posted at 11:55 PM on July 6, 2011  

What, you were knocked out with out anesthetic? Because I cannot imagine anyone going through an emergency surgery without drugs.

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Jay

Posted at 5:08 PM on March 14, 2011  

Wow! They start the nutjobs on the drugs early nowadays, don’t they?

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JW

Posted at 10:09 AM on March 8, 2011  

Sorry to say but sounds like a big gimmick. Just a family trying to sell their story to make money and sadly people will believe it!

The boy never died because as the Bible states
The DEAD are consious of NOTHING! So when us humans die we do not know anything.(Basically have fallen into sleep) Ecclesiastes 9:5
5 For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten.

The world is so blinded and is spiritually in darknes. We do not go to heaven when we die. Humans were made to live on the earth forever. Humans must seeks for the truth and society and these religions out there are so misleading!

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Jon

Posted at 2:57 PM on March 6, 2011  

I want to sue him for disagreeing with my atheist viewpoints.

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Patricia Collica

Posted at 12:07 PM on March 4, 2011  

~God Bless This Child~”)

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Jay

Posted at 5:09 PM on March 14, 2011  

Hyper-religiosity is a mental condition.

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Stuff

Posted at 11:19 AM on March 22, 2011  

Implying that simply wishing the blessings of the God in which we believe upon the child is, somehow, “hyper religiosity” would also imply some type of cognitive impairment.

 
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ray

Posted at 12:30 AM on March 4, 2011  

I want to believe it but I don’t

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KittenKagome

Posted at 6:59 PM on March 3, 2011  

There really isnt a way to tell one way or the other. Yes I am a Christian, and it is possible in my opinion God found a way to communicate with the boy, but such events are rare (hence the word miracle) so it is most likely something else. To say its one way or the other 100% isn’t right though.

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jj

Posted at 8:54 PM on March 3, 2011  

There is no such things as miracles. Because everything is completely and entirely possible. Just because the likelihood of something happening is very low (say 99% to 1%) does not mean that it won’t happen. There is still that 1% chance possibility. The only ones that use the word miracle, are the ones that don’t believe. The ones that choose to see the negative, because it is more “logical”. If you choose to use positive thinking, you get a whole lot more out of life.

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Rowan

Posted at 3:00 PM on March 6, 2011  

I think his description of Jesus would help determine whether this was a dream or made up or if it may have happened. Western culture has depicted Jesus as having pale skin, blue eyes and shoulder length light-brown hair. If we are to believe the stories in the bible, Jesus and his parents fled to Egypt where he blended in with the locals and was able to hide in plain sight there as a small child. To fit in so well, he would have to look like they did – brown skin, dark, coarse hair, brown eyes. If the kid saw “white blue-eyed Jesus” and not “Middle-Eastern Jesus” then the kid is embellishing at the prompting of his parents.

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Diane G.

Posted at 11:17 AM on March 3, 2011  

What happened is actually common and can be explained medically. He was heavily anesthetized and was having vivid dreams. I do think at some earlier point he may have heard his parents talking about his sister. Other people have had similar experiences. I also think the parents saw dollar signs and have probably coached their son into making the details more elaborate. Colton even says the visions became more clear as time went on, which sounds to me like he has the imagination of a normal 11 year old child. There is nothing more to it.

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Rowan

Posted at 2:55 PM on March 6, 2011  

I agree. People talk when little kids are playing and don’t think the child is listening or can even understand what they’re talking about. I do think it was a dream that he has embellished. I think the dream was about his sister, but he was prompted by his religious parents (“Did you see Jesus?” “Did you see Pop?”). Children want to please their parents and seeing how they were so happy when he talked about his sister, he embellished to keep making them happy. Small children have huge imaginations, It doesn’t grow with time, it usually diminishes when they are teens. I think a child psychologist would find the boy’s parents unwittingly encouraged him to fabricate a larger story.

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Martin

Posted at 11:08 AM on March 3, 2011  

It’s a very sweet story, but there’s not enough information, and there never will be, to suggest it is true. If your religious and trying to prove a point, it’s too easy to discount coincidence and many other factors which play into this vast world. What a coincidence his family are Christian and he saw Jesus instead of Buddha or Allah.

I have to stick with the logic/science crowd here and state that although it’s nice to imagine such a thing and I wish it were true, we all have to be a little more critical when contemplating these situations. Modern life, it’s luxuries, conveniences and cures are based on science and knowledge, not superstition and magical thinking.

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shell

Posted at 9:34 PM on March 3, 2011  

well he seen Jesus because Jesus LIVES! Buddah has bones in a box still……

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A Buddhist

Posted at 12:35 PM on March 21, 2011  

How sure are you that jesus lives? Any scientific proof? And by the way, Buddha doesn’t have his bones in a box. You should question your knowladge and verify facts before commenting. Because people are laughing at you.

 
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Life.

Posted at 1:59 AM on March 24, 2011  

A Buddhist-
There is no such thing as scientific proof. Science can’t prove anything. Don’t be hypocritical, question your knowledge before and verify facts before commenting. Because people are gonna laugh if you don’t. Jesus does live. Find proof he doesn’t. Just because proof isn’t presented, doesn’t mean something isn’t true.

 
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Sarah

Posted at 11:53 PM on July 6, 2011  

Hahahhahaha, so the burden of proof is not needed in say a murder trial? Casey Anthony’s jury must have been a bunch of evangelical nuts!

 
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Lindsaygirl

Posted at 12:21 PM on March 7, 2011  

Martin – science is just a way of explaining what is, not a way of explaining all that could ever be. Miracles and unknown occurrences have happened many times in recorded history, and just as you say below, “it is all too easy” to write it off as coincidence. As you say below, isn’t it convenient that you are not religious and that you don’t believe this to be true. Having faith in something is exactly that. Believing in something precisely when there is no proof. There will never be any proof to tell whether this really happened or not. All we have is our faith, and if you don’t have it, then you will likely not believe this to be true.

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Laurie

Posted at 7:24 PM on March 10, 2011  

On the contrary, science is a way of explaning and understanding what is and is therefore incredibly helpful in predicting future events or possibilities. I think your argument may be that ‘science cannot disprove the existence or possibility of miracles or God. Your argument might also be extended to the possibility that trolls, ghosts and goblins exist.

Miracles and unknown occurences have happened many times in recorded history? Who recorded them? A scientist in a laboratory whose observations were peer reviewed by academics across the world and scrutinised beyond any reasonable doubt?

It’s convenient that you are not religious and that you don’t believe this to be true? It’s also convenient that there are possibly countless reasons for this persons experience. Diane G points to the possibility of drug-induced hallucinations and Rowan points out how parents can very easily influence children. I see no reason beyond ‘personal religious faith’ why a magical reason must substitute for a well though and reasonable one. When the sun rises in the morning I reflect on the awe of the solar system, not the possibility of a sun God who I must worship should I ever hope to see him again the next day.

There will be no proof as to whether this happened or not? There will never be conclusive proof, but there will be stacks and stacks of evidence suggesting more reasonable causes and it would be foolish to disregard the weight of this evidence in favour of faith. The family opted to progress with the childs surgery because they had faith in the surgeon and medicine. That faith is deserved because of science and evidence. If the family said ‘try some herbal remedy capsules and see if the pain goes away’ that would be faith without any proof and that would have likely resulted in the childs death.

 
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suezq

Posted at 10:49 AM on March 3, 2011  

What happens if u see God, & live to talk about it?

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