What is proof and how much proof do you need to believe something is factual? The answer to that varies widely from person to person and factual validity is usually determined in the eye of the beholder. Some, no matter how much proof is provided, will believe that the proof is adequate, even if itís materialized right before them.
The dictionary definition of proof and fact are:
Proof n. - The evidence or argument that compels the mind to accept an assertion as true.
Fact n. - Knowledge or information based on real occurrences
These were the definitions used when naming Proof of Heaven - Factual Revelations from the Other Side. Whether evidence provided is compelling enough to be deemed proof is measured by whether there are other plausible or even one plausible alternative explanation for the information provided.
Thatís the premise of the information provided in Proof of Heaven Ė there is no other explanation than the one given Ė unless you believe in magic. As a scientist, I believe that magic is very talented sleight of hand, but implanting information in another personís mind that they would not know by another means than communication from the Other Side, is not something I believe that magic is capable of.
I donít think that any of us would expect the proof of heaven to just fall from the sky and be posted on a billboard. Like it has been throughout the ages, the information is passed to us through spiritual communication and weíre still left, at the end, with the requirement to have faith.
After all, how does any think that prophets such as Elijah, John the Baptist, the Mai (Three Wise Men), and many other prophets received their information? They all knew of things that were going to happen before they happened. Thereís really no evidence anywhere that any of these prophets were directly communicated with by God talking to them from heaven. If that had been the case, they certainly would have written that down because it would be a life altering event.
Instead, history records that they just knew. John the Baptist and the Magi knew that Christ was coming yet there is no description of how they found out. They were prophets and were provided information psychically by the Holy Spirit. In neither case did either report that their information was provided by an angel that appeared to them. Instead itís reported as precognition Ė they just knew.
Biblical passages that further clarify the role of prophets:
He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophetís reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous manís reward.
||The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
||And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers.