Thursday, April 24, 2014

Heaven is for Real

How Do You Know Heaven is Real?
By Jan McClure

  Movie Review of
Heaven is for Real
Director:  Randall Wallace
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum

Heaven is for Real is based on a best selling book, and the movie publicity states that it is based on a true story.  I wish I had read the book first, as I am not sure how much Hollywood embellished the story.  However, if the storyline in the movie is true, then the facts revealed make it hard to refute that the little 4-year-old Colton (played by Connor Corum) did indeed see Heaven. 

After a near-death experience, Colton gradually reveals to his parents what and who he saw in Heaven.

One of the most convincing details occurred when Colton tells his mom Sonja Burpo (played by Kelly Reilly) that he has two sisters, not one.  She and the father, Pastor Todd Burpo (played by Greg Kinnear), hadn’t told Colton about the miscarriage.  Colton says that a sister had died in his mommy’s tummy.  This is what finally convinces the mother that Colton had indeed seen Heaven.

The movie showed Colton and his sister in Heaven hugging, with knowledge passing between them and without the constraints of time.

Just yesterday, at my parish, we were on the 6th day of the Novena to the Divine Mercy, and the prayer stated from Saint Faustina:
“Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.  Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children.  These souls send all Heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites.  They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance.  These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart….”
It brought to mind how open and unblemished young souls are to Father God and to Jesus, because they haven’t had so many worldly influences change them. Their innocence is so present that it is no wonder that we see the presence of Jesus and his preciousness in a child.  Even those whose eyes are not yet opened can see him, though they do not know who he is. 

The movie also refers to Akiane Kamerik and her vision of Jesus and Heaven.  She too was 4 years old, and then she began to write and paint about them.  (There is much you can read about this child prodigy, by doing a search on the internet.) 

Colton’s experiences are similar to what is described in many books about near-death experiences.  I think the movie touched on this, but I feel like I need to read the book to get all the details and form a better opinion.  The movie seemed to just touch the surface of what happened.  However, the movie is very endearing and could plant some seeds for many who doubt Heaven's existence. The Holy Spirit can certainly use this movie to bring others to know that Heaven is indeed for real. 

Editors note: We hope you will post your opinion of this movie if you've seen it. Meanwhile, sharing this Good News movie review on our Facebook page has generated some interesting comments.

Questions for youth groups, families, and other small group discussions (and we hope you will post a comment below!):

  1. Have you ever doubted that heaven is real?  What helped you to understand that it is real?
  2. How do you feel when you see a baby or the innocence of a child?  Do you see the image and likeness of God?
  3. Has a child ever told you something and you dismissed it as a vivid imagination?  Perhaps it was not!


Anonymous said...

2 years ago i was practicing meditation and while i was " down" meaning I was in a meditative state. I noticed in my minds eye an eye was looking at me. It was only one eye and it was very clear. I looked at it for some time when all of a sudden the eye blinked! I was startled and it woke me out of my meditation. When I opened my eyes tears rolled down my face. Fast forward to a few days ago my wife and I attended a showing of Heaven is Real. The opening scene shows the girl in Europe drawing a picture, the picture that they show at the end of the movie which shows either God or Jesus. The girl at first was drawing the eye of God , when the showed the final picture the eye was the same one that was in my meditation. I truely feel that God, at the time of my meditation was making personal contact with me. Then the movie comes out and the first scene and the final scene has the same eye! I feel this is not a coincidence! My question is has anyone else seen what I have seen. I am more spiritual than religious now and truly believe in a higher power that I choose to call God! BT

Good News Ministries said...

God makes personal contact with us every day. I too am more spiritual than "religious", but for me that means going to Catholic Mass every week and very often during the week so that I can have the personal contact with Jesus that he makes available supernaturally in the Eucharist. It's when I feel the contact most! And the Host (the bread that becomes the real body of Christ) reminds me of the eye of God. Sometimes it reminds me of a portal, a peep-hole, to heaven.

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