Heaven Is For Real - The God of Love

I went last night with a few friends who invited me to see the new movie "Heaven Is For Real".  I enjoyed the film so very much as a production.  The acting was great and the story line was better.  The film truly pulls on the heart strings and makes a good case for Heaven being very real as I believe it really is.  I was in fact though troubled as we neared the ending of the film.  The question is asked many times by people who have lost loved ones.  Is my son or grandfather in Heaven? The movie goes on to state that in fact they are.  My trouble with this film is that there are never any scenes of people choosing to follow Christ before they die.  It is merely stated that God is love and that they are in Heaven.  The film makes a large jump from a child experiencing God and Heaven who does not yet understand what it means to be saved (which I believe God covers those who do not understand this if they are to leave this earth) and someone who is a grown man who as it states in the film was not a follower of Christ.  The film makes it evident that God loves no one more than another.  While I agree with this, they are putting the responsibility on God saying He could not allow anyone to die and go to hell because He loves us so much.  I believe that the responsibility is on you and I.  We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.  It is my fault for causing a rift between myself and God.  Though He longs to save me, it is my choice to choose or not choose to serve Him.  He is not required to save me at all and the ball is not in His court; It is in mine.  The movie also says that hell is the hate we experience on earth.  It never speaks of a literal hell at all.  What I am trying to say is that I am afraid that this film is subtly pushing the idea of universalism and this new idea that hell is metaphorical in nature.  This is dangerous and inclusive.  The world we live in does not like anything that is exclusive which is what the Gospel is.  One way to Heaven and God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  There are not many ways into God's Heaven.  There is only one my friends.  This is becoming less and less popular as the days and seasons change.  I fear that so many who will watch this film will be mislead into thinking that they will just pop into Heaven when they die because God wouldn't dare allow them to go anywhere else. Am I saying do not go watch this movie? No I am not, but if you do take your children or friends to go, be clear in your Biblically based disagreement with the film in LOVE.   Let us be critical in our thinking and clear in our words.  Be clear and firm in love.  These things are consequential to our faith and the future of it.    



Nathan

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  • Angie

    Angie Wendell, NC

    Thank you Nathan. Very well said and I especially like the reminder that we need to speak the truth in love to those that may not know. I find it a hard balance at times knowing just how to speak the truth in love. It is a challenge for all of us as believers of the body of Christ. Love ya! Angie

    Thank you Nathan. Very well said and I especially like the reminder that we need to speak the truth in love to those that may not know. I find it a hard balance at times knowing just how to speak the truth in love. It is a challenge for all of us as believers of the body of Christ. Love ya! Angie

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