‘Heaven is for Real’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.
Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.
Told by the father, but often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle.
Although an enjoyable film, with a great cast, I have mixed emotions about this film. Before I say anything else, I completely 100% believe in the Word of God and that Heaven is definitely for real!
Just a few things I’d like to share:
- I did love calling for people to pray and pray they did. Great answer to prayer shown in this film. I truly believe we should all be included in a prayer chain for really serious things that happen in life, similar to what poor little Colton went through.
- There was an implication made during the film that made it seem like God loves us so much that we will all go to Heaven. In all fairness I could have misunderstood it, so if I did, I apologize. God is love and does love everyone and wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth as it is written in Timothy, but He also accepts our free will choice to accept Him and receive forgiveness or to live our lives selfishly and therefore NOT end up in Heaven.
- One of the best parts was what Colton’s dad said, “Jesus showed him the Heaven He wanted him to see.”
- There is another part of the film that made me rather uncomfortable and that is what Colton asks the angels in the Church. I don’t think this actually happened to him, I believe it was part of the artistic license taken during the film.
I’ve read the book in the past and was bothered by things that contradicted Scripture. I did some more research and really appreciated an article written by Randy Alcorn, the author of many Christian books. I highly recommend reading this article.
For Doctrinal reasons, I really do not want to recommend this film.