“Heaven is for Real” is Fiction

heavenI agree with the title of the new movie, Heaven is for Real. But once the title passes, not much exists that resembles biblical Christianity.

Recently I noticed a close connection on Facebook “liking” the movie. I sent them a personal message expressing my concern with this movie. The person responded that they had read the book and liked the message. So I responded with “what is the message?” I’m still waiting for that answer.

As I have already indicated – if the message is that heaven is for real, then simply read the title and go on. But if the message is about the observations of a little boy who went to heaven and returned to earth to talk about his wings and halo, acquaintances, etc., then you would do well to pass it by.

Why do so many who identify as Christian, readily dispense with the clear teaching of Scripture for emotional and fanciful stories? When did a modern five year old trump the teaching of God as recorded by the apostles and prophets?

The actual experience of this boy does not match up with what is recorded in the Bible. Men (women or children) did not ascend into heaven and return with a story to tell. In fact, only a few even saw a vision of heaven. These were all left in such awe and dread. Their clear focus was on the glory and majesty of God.

Some would argue that this could help people believe who don’t yet believe. Yet Jesus taught about a man who asked that somebody from the dead return to earth to warn his brothers. Here is the final sentence of Jesus’ teaching:

If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead. –Luke 16:31 (ESV)

Some evangelicals are nearing the superstitious practices of medieval times when folks collected and sought special grace by viewing and/or touching relics that simply could not be actual relics. Even were they real, our faith is not one of this kind of mysticism.

So save your popcorn money and the two hours at the theater. Your time would be better spent examining the Scriptures to see the God who is eternally glorious. Or if you need a break, go and see the movie Bears.

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  • Anonymous

    Frank, for the first time ever I find a reason to disagree with you. Your review of this book and movie leaves me with many questions. I do understand what you pointed out about the past–Bible history and such. But, how can we be so sure God did not put this child in a position to bring His truths to a world of unbelievers. Would God use a child to reveal His everlasting truths? Really? Christ came into the world as a babe. We know how that worked out. Right? You may never want to reconsider your review–but I will be spending my money to see the movie.
    Love U forever and ever. FRIENDS IN CHRIST!!

    • Absolutely friends in Christ. Response: 1) the boys revelation has parts that do not agree with Scripture. That means that it can’t be from God. I could go on, but will leave it at that. 2) God can use a child. That’s not the issue. The issue is whether this child’s message is true. God also used a donkey in the Bible, but that doesn’t mean that we accept all animals as bringing a special message from God.
      Will you also read and accept the other dozen or so books that have similar stories…even though they contradict each other. This one simply got a movie deal, but others have been best sellers, too.