Call me schizo, but the article below is sort of opposite of my viewpoint, yet I gladly defer to the wisdom of Christian Leaders, Ray Comfort and John Piper, both of whom I am well aware and do revere, in fact I still attend the church that Piper recently retired from, but, call me an intellectual simpleton, I did very much enjoy the book and found it very moving and do hope to see the movie. I too, like Piper, am very skeptical of books like “Heaven Is For Real” in fact I think I know which book Piper refers to in this review (see below) and felt very much the same about it. But, my mother-in-law, who is a strong Christian and also skeptical of these kinds of books actually recommended “Heaven Is For Real” to me a long time ago and I read it on my own and also read it out loud to my family, and we were all moved.
That being said, I share this article below. Even though I cannot argue with Piper or Comfort, I still found the book very moving and very much worth the while of me and my family.
‘Heaven Is For Real’ Movie Reviews by Ray Comfort, John Piper
Christian leaders Ray Comfort and John Piper each recently discussed their views on “Heaven is for Real,” the book turned into a movie starring Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum.
“Heaven is for Real” is about a four-year-old boy who claims that he went to Heaven during a near-death experience. The small boy tells others about the things that he saw in Heaven, including details about deceased family members whom he had never met before. The movie is meant to be told from a Christian perspective and to intrigue those who question whether there is an afterlife. Christian evangelist and author Ray Comfort saw the movie upon its release, saying that it was enjoyable and somewhat comparable to “Little House on the Prairie.” It was, however, lacking the essential message of the Christian faith – the Gospel. “It’s a tear-jerker with a very shallow message,” says Comfort – “God is love, Jesus is friendly, and it seems all is well between Heaven and earth. God’s wrath doesn’t abide on the sinner, and it doesn’t quite fit that Jesus is going to be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels ‘in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,'” he says, quoting 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10.
Comfort laments that many will leave the movie theater wondering whether the little boy was telling the truth about the existence of Heaven – “We know that it does [exist], because we have God’s Word on it. That’s enough,” he says.
Comfort explains that God’s word is true, and can be tested through experience – “It says, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.’ I believe the Bible, not because I welled up some sort of faith in its words, but because the Gospel came to me ‘in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance.’ It authenticated itself because it took me out of darkness and brought me into light.” Born again Christians throughout the ages have attested to the same authenticity of God’s word, that the Bible has been tested and found true. “Therefore every other promise in it about the joys of Heaven, the pains of Hell, and everlasting life is utterly true altogether,” Comfort concludes.
Recently retired Christian pastor and author John Piper also gave his thoughts on the book recently in an “Ask Pastor John” episode. “If books go beyond Scripture, I doubt what they say about Heaven,” he says. Piper doesn’t bother to read extra-Biblical books about Heaven because he knows that the only infallible source on Heaven is God’s word – “I have my Bible, which already tells me what I can know for sure about Heaven. Everything in those books, I do not know for sure … it’s all guesswork,” he says.
Piper once began to read a book similar to “Heaven is for Real,” but put it down after finding something which contradicted the Bible in its early chapters. “I don’t believe these books, I’m very skeptical about these books – mainly [because] I have a Bible that tells me what I need to know,” says the seasoned saint.
SPOILER ALERT, I thought I would get that out first lest you hate me for revealing too much, but I don’t think I really give a way enough to spoil anything. This is not necessarily a review of this movie but this post is more or less about the thoughts that I had during and after watching this movie.
First of all I was not planning to go and watch any movie at all but at my eldest son’s insistence, and my wife’s insistence that our 15-year-old and his Daddy have a little one-on-one Daddy-time, we decided to spend part of our Martin Luther King Jr day off from work and school watching this thriller. Turns out I really did enjoy the film, we both did, another reboot and re-imagining origin story about the characters that Tom Clancy first created years ago. Plus I really enjoy all of the actors in their past roles and now in this movie too.
Briefly, the premise of the movie is that it is about an ultra-secret plot within the Russian Government to undermine and destroy the US economy to create a devastating and worse second Great Depression. This is the world of this spy-thriller fiction, but, compare that with the fact that in reality there is an ultra-secret plot within the American Government to undermine and destroy the US economy, namely in the real-life person of evil, socialist, multi-billionaire, George Soros and his backing, especially financial backing, of the current President and the current radicalized Democrat party. The only reason it is ultra-secret in real life is because the main-stream media is merely an extension of the current radicalized Democrat party.
The actions of the current leaders shows that there is a plot to destroy the American economy. Due to the current actions of our current leaders we have the slowest job creation since the Great Depression, a number of failed stimulus packages, the highest sustained energy prices ever, the over regulating of business, the never-ending over spending, the failed Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, and a failing economy overall. Simply look at the fact that this current administration has acquired more debt than all previous presidents COMBINED. During the upcoming state of union address President Obama will not surprisingly do very little more other than continue to propose more spending and more economy-killing tax hikes.
Kenneth Branagh’s character, financial mogul, Viktor Cherevin, reminded of real-life, financial mogul, George Soros.
More on George Soros:
Shoot, my social media clout is so great that I probably just spoiled any of the Oscar award hopes that this movie ever had. 😀
Bear with me but I wanted to update this post and include a horrifying excerpt from Soros: Republic Enemy #1: http://web.archive.org/web/20101027070859/http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/14700
Remember this is Obama’s and the Democrats’ most fervent backer, including financial backer, and is embraced, albeit somewhat secretly, by the current US political leaders:
“The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”—George Soros…György Schwartz, better known to the world as George Soros, was born August 12, 1930 in Hungary…The Schwartz’s, who were non-practicing Jews, changed the family name to Soros, in order to facilitate assimilation into the gentile population, as the Nazis spread into Hungary during the 1930s. Soros is an Esperanto word meaning “to soar.”
In 1944 Hitler’s henchman Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary, to oversee the murder of that country’s Jews. The Soros children were all given fake identity papers, and were shipped out to various Christian families. George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds.
Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “the best year of his life.”
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Joshua Muravchik notes that, “70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year. They were dying and disappearing all around him, and their numbers no doubt included many whom he knew personally. Yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect.”
During an interview with “Sixty Minute’s” Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “best year:”
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who
swore that you were his adopted godson.
SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the
psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not, not at all. Not at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
Of course he didn’t feel guilty. Soros has the moral depth of a clam. Nonetheless, he has said, “my goal is to become the conscience of the world.”