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on 24 November 2012
My Time in Heaven, by Richard Sigmund, compared to Kat Kerr's books.
I recently re-read `My Time in Heaven', and near the end I thought `I don't know if I believe this'. There were a number of things that bothered me about it. The author claims to have died in a car crash and gone to heaven, and come back. He is guided around heaven by two grumpy, uppity angels, who never answer any questions, and say things like `it's not for you to know' etc. It's a bit like the scene of `Curb Your Enthusiasm', where Larry David ends up exchanging insults with his angels in heaven. These angels are all loving and fawning when Jesus comes along, I just found it sickening.
Another thing I found sickening was there supposedly being a big basin of Jesus' blood somewhere in heaven... gross, as they say. Then there were all these statues of Jesus, living statues doing stuff, and in the Bible the Israelites are commanded never to make any graven images of anything, in heaven the whole place is full of statues. The author allegedly spend eight hours in heaven, and he naturally gets to meet Jesus, and Jesus meets him in a gazebo, and has `open wounds' in his face.
Jesus takes the author to hell, for some reason, and carries him in his arms. The author buries his face in Jesus; robe, like a big baby, as he doesn't want to look around. Then there are monuments, and one is like the Washington Monument; what would a masonic phallic symbol be doing in heaven? Angels do a lot of stuff, like carrying people's prayers around in censors; doesn't seem very likely to me. Also they are all male, whereas Jesus in the gospels suggests that there is possibly no gender in heaven.
Then there are all these soldier angels standing in lines, waiting to get orders to go to earth, and they've been there for ages, like the Terracotta Army; how boring would that be? The main thing I found wrong with this story, is that God is anthropomorphic; an enormous man, sitting in an enormous throne. Wouldn't this enormous man get bored to tears, sitting in his throne, lapping up the worship of all the millions of worshippers, prostrate on the floor? And how did the author get to the railings, where there are stones shaped like potatoes, in front of the throne? The author said that he saw God's feet only, and they were the size of Texas; how silly. Isn't God a Spirit? A bit more sophisticated perhaps, than an enormous man, sitting around for all eternity, doing nothing. And what was God doing before he created this heaven and all these angels, to worship him and do stuff? Where was he sitting, before he created his own throne? Doesn't make any sense.
The author quotes stuff from Revelation, but nothing that he reports of heaven corresponds to what is described in heaven; there are no twenty-four elders, for example. There are allegedly nine steps to fullness I Christ, a bit like the twelve steps to recovery. There was a room where the author is taken, and in the room is written; `The Covenant of Jehovah, and the Redeemed of the Lamb', the author is shaking and cannot speak; he sees his name written; `Richard of the family of Sigmund'. Most scholars tell us that Jehovah isn't the way it originally was pronounced, and is an anglicised corruption of Yahweh.
The author is always weeping about stuff, and `falling on his face', whatever that means. There's no verification of anything that the author claims; no medical records or witnesses named, so he could have just made the whole thing up, for whatever reason. He says that there were soldiers in Iraq, who were reading his book, as they didn't have any bibles, and they were in battle, and the Iraqis ran off, and later claimed that they saw big angles in the sky. That sounds like made-up rubbish to me.
When the author is taken to hell, at the end of it Jesus says how much he loves him and everybody; a bit perverse really, and pointless. There is so much wrong with this book, that I almost don't know where to start. Jesus shows the author his hand, and it has the name of the author engraved on it. This book isn't as bad as Kat Kerr's book on her visits to heaven. Kat Kerr starts teaching heretical ideas in her book. She has these cable cars (without cables) coming to pick up people, after they have died, to take them through the universe, to heaven. The universe is thought to be 13.7 billion light years across.
Kat Kerr has there cable cars travelling through outer space, in supposedly a short time, whereas it would take billions of years travelling at the speed of light, even if heaven was in this same dimension, and it isn't. Kat Kerr allegedly got to see Oral Roberts being taken to heaven. I don't really care who Oral Roberts was, but I looked it up. He was part of the charismatic movement, or closely associated with that type of religion. I was thinking that maybe Kat Kerr used this book by Sigmund, as a model to base her own claims about heaven. The two accounts are different, but there are a few things that are similar. Sigmund says nothing about cable cars.
There is no information given about anything. There is the usual stuff about revivals on the earth, before Jesus returns. But there's no revelation given about anything. The author sees some huge trees, and wonders at how old the earth is, and want's to ask the uppity angels, but is too timid to ask. Kat Kerr has a room where creation is shown on a TV screen. According to her, there dinosaurs were created before in another age, and the earth is very old. As dinosaur DNA has been found in dinosaur bones recently, so that proves that she is wrong, and must be lying. Why do people lie about these things?
Sigmund provides some wonderful revelation, spoken by Jesus, and it is a stupid meaningless riddle, similar to the riddle in Revelation, like the 'one who was, is not, and yet will be', but it is different and just as inexplicble to everyone, perhaps the author thought he was being profound.