Now the world has had the scriptures for 2 millennia, and mankind has known about the afterlife for far longer than that, but finally we have a movie, based on a near death experience of a 4-year old son of a failing Christian writer, to let us know that the Bible really, really, really is true. Hooray! Beyond that, we have 88% confirmation from none other than the absolute peak of theological resources, ABC News, that Heaven is likely for real…though they admit that not everyone is a big fan of the movie.
Watch the 3 minute clip here for the story.
I love that T.D. Jakes quote: “the great gift of Heaven is for Real is that it poses for us the possibility of the impossible…”
The possibility of the impossible?
What in the world does that mean?
– Impossible like “people having near death experiences?”
Probably not. That happens all the time. Even I had a near death experience once when I woke up in a bed soaked in my own blood from head to toe…well, it was mostly my blood…and 2 liters of saline…
– Impossible like “people having surgery and being on the ropes?”
Again, no. That happens all the time. I know of a guy that swallowed a rope and had to have surgery to get it out…well, it was more like floss…and the surgery was non-invasive…
– Impossible like getting to go to Heaven outside of Christ, based on the “hope” that…uh…somehow God will just toss aside his own holiness and the entire person and work of Christ and let everyone in?
Well, not everyone everyone.
I mean, God can’t let Hitler in…and Stalin…and really bad guys like kidnappers, and child molesters, and pyramid scam artists, and homophobes, and people who deny global warming, and people who eat gluten…and people who are bigots according to your standards of what’s “open minded”…so in the end nobody but yourself and your relatively small circle of friends…
Is that the kind of impossible we’re talking about?
Well, that must be it. That’s gotta be the “possibility” that the film is portraying.
No gospel whatsoever.
Just “God loves you (and for some reason, loves you more than himself and more than his own glory…which makes God an idolater…but he regularly brings people to heaven so that they can see how the Heaven really is real but the Bible isn’t really true or sufficient revelation of such matters even though it claims to be…).”
I’d call that a total hoax too.
In fact, I openly call all similar veiled attacks on God’s word “hoaxes”.
Just connecting a few dots that I’ve recently thought about.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “time for supper!” Unger
P.S. – Some of my readers might enjoy (shameless plug time) my review of Heaven is for Real which is here. Make sure to vote if you like it! (Also, this review and this review are both entertaining, especially in the comment section, and relevant to the issue at hand. Vote if you like them too!)