Okay, I know i'll get a lot of flak for this, but do you think that the new movie, "Heaven is for Real" is based on a true story? Take in mind, the movie promotions suggest that it is, but i want to hear from you. Do you think it's based on a true story? Why or why not? Please discuss.
Whether the child actually had an NDE I don't know, its certainly possible as NDEs often conform to cultural norms. Kid has a pastor for a Dad and sees Heaven, meanwhile Muslims have their own experiences that conform to their own culture and beliefs.
Now the Father than taking that and exploiting it and being on Fox News and parading his kid out into the public square to make a quick buck, that's pretty sickening.
My grandmother actually brought this story to my attention, the little boy who experienced this was on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) and they interviewed him and asked him questions about what he experienced and I believe at the time he was on TBN he and his father were promoting the book "Heaven is For real" so yes this is based on a true story. I believe that the boy saw what he saw whether or not it proves heaven is real, it is real to him and that is all that matters.
It matters immensely whether or not its actually real.
How can you possibly say it only matters that the experience was "real for him"? If I have an experience which suggests that we all turn into Llamas in the afterlife it kinda matters whether its true or not, since it has implications for every human being on the planet if it turns out to be true.
I'm saying that It doesn't matter if we believe this boy and his claim, because even if we don't believe him that is not going to change his mind because he believes what he saw and he believes that it was Heaven thus making it real for him
Or possibly he is saying what he felt his parents wanted him too like a little Clever Hans.
I read the book, and I do believe it is true. What that little boy remembered could not be made up. I have not seen the movie yet. Books always seem to tell a lot more of the story.
I think it is possible...I believe it. I am not sure the father is trying to make a quick buck, perhaps he is simply trying to spread the message that Heaven is real to the masses.
Based on a true scam, maybe. A lot of those "near-death experience" stories are full of crap, and considering people of different religions claim to have them, it's worldwide multicultural crap.
I don't care if you think you saw God or Vishnu, your brain is very good at making its own psychotropic drugs, and when you're dying, it tends to make a lot of them (See: "Life flashing before my eyes" trope).
Are you asking whether the boy actually saw heaven, or whether the father fabricated the visions reported to him by his son? Children have beautiful imaginations, so I don't doubt he really did dream or imagine his version of heaven.
And growing up in an extremely religious household, he was definitely primed to meditate on heaven and the afterlife a lot of the time. It's merely the product of his environment, nothing miraculous or holy.
I read the book... looking forward to the movie. Obviously I believe.
Of course it is based on a true story in that those things happened to he kid, and those things were said by the kid. Whether those things represent a true experience that was not delusional--I suspect not but it is up to the viewer/reader to decide for themself.
I'm a Christian, and I have no doubt that I am going to heaven when I die because I have asked Jesus to save me.
Heaven IS for Real, but I have some doubts that this little boy went there.
1st, I have read several accounts of people "going to heaven and back". And there is a problem with all of them: THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT.
2nd: Paul in 2. Corinthians 12 talks about being caught up to heaven, but I was not permitted to talk about it. It does not seem reasonable IN MY OPINION that God would keep Paul from talking about the awesome things he saw, and yet this little boy can give us a full account of what he saw. Fishy, TO ME.
3rd: All of this is based on this boy "knowing things he could not have known at that age". But, we all know how impressionable all little kids are, and I know that for me, I had an imagination that was running full gear at that age.
4th: The is all based that we trust this father and mother's story that they really had this conversation with him - that he knew, without them ever telling him, that he had a sister that died in the womb, for example. To believe all of this: you are simply trusting the parents story. Nothing wrong with that. What I don't like the whole thing because there is no way to prove or disprove any of the story.
If people have become saved by Christ on account of this story or had their faith strengthened, than halleleujah! But FOR ME PERSONALLY I don't want to be a sucker for something that I feel has a good chance of being delusional. A lot of fake Christiantiy is floating around out there...
Rev 21 speaks extensively about what John saw in a vision of Heaven, while shipwrecked, I believe, on the isle of Patmos.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se … elation+21
The things the boy knew were not just things about his little sister, but if you doubt the parents, then there is really no point in further discussion as that pretty much ends it there.
Like I say, we are all trusting what these people are saying with no way to prove or disprove it.
I don't want to say the parents are lying when God may have used this little boy to advance His Kingdom and answer the prayer of the father. That would be embarassing to face when I stand before God someday. But this all doesn't add up to me at this point in time.
Yes, it is probably extremely exaggerated. But this is coming from a skeptical and logical point of view.
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