Heaven is for Real, the story of a boy who allegedly visited heaven and lived to tell the tale, is getting a big Hollywood treatment this week.
The film centers on four-year old Colton Burpo and his supposed vision of the afterlife following a traumatic near death experience. Greg Kinnear—and his signature confused stare no doubt—stars as Colton’s father, a small-town pastor faced with the decision to either share his son’s account or keep it hidden from the rest of the world. Spoiler: his book becomes a hit.
With the film releasing this week, Christians are left to wrestle with exactly how they should respond theologically to both Colton’s story and other popularized near death experiences (NDEs). Can—or should—these narratives be used to inform our beliefs about the afterlife? What about our Christian apologetic?…READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.