If you put together all of the things that Colton has said about his visit to heaven over the years, the story is enormously elaborate and seems to have transpired over days or weeks. The movie presents a blue-eyed, brown-haired Jesus as fact. Colton then says the pictures of Jesus they have in their home don't look like him. Others can do that much better. To have an opinion is fair; to bring down another's experience without solid evidence is unprofessional. In that way, I hope this is a useful tool, and relatively unique.
That was the first thing to us. Did one accusatory line turn her into Shirley Caesar? And again, that holds true for things that we see in broad daylight while wide-awake. Now back at work as a pastor, Todd reveals to the congregation what Colton told him, and soon word spreads throughout the town about Colton's trip to Heaven. He thinks everyone is going to heaven—not exactly a conservative talking point. As soon as you accept this, the proof of it starts happening. If Heaven was wonderful, why did Colton want to come back? They don't think the stories about Jesus are a literal historical fact — they don't believe that he performed miracles and literally rose from the dead — but they believe the stories told about him contain meaningful ethical truths that resonate with us.
What does this description suggest about who we are? The family, like most of us would have reacted, didn't know what to believe, but soon the evidence was clear. Colton, his mother, and his older sister Cassie left that day to meet Colton's father, Pastor Todd Burpo, who had already traveled to Greeley, Colorado, where he was scheduled to have a district board meeting for the Wesleyan church the trip had a duel purpose and wasn't just a vacation like in the movie. These words struck a chord in me. The answer quite simply is Yes it is. Watch the Heaven is for Real movie trailer for the film starring Greg Kinnear as Pastor Todd Burpo.
And maybe Jesus doesn't look like what he historically looked like but simply presents himself to people based on their expectations. And to understand why, you only need to know the story of Clever Hans. Nothing could be further from the truth. Was he just now remembering those details—or was his brain just now making them up? One can only say that if you accept the unprovable hypothesis that the supernatural cannot occur. Author and pastor has criticized the book for presenting an un-Biblical perspective on the afterlife.
I suspect there was careful consideration about which parts of Colton's hallucinations to include and which to leave out. Every species and how they exist, ect, ect. So what if it wasn't until some time later that he began to share what he experienced. They find that it helps people. But the possibility that Todd simply can't figure it out is ignored. One year, he battled cancer and suffered through a leg break.
It is highly likely that Colton was given this drug. Spetzler is not bible pusher. But ad hoc excuses make hypotheses un-testable. With the congregation nearly in tears, he proclaims that he truly believes that his son went to Heaven. You cannot prove these are false because you cannot reproduce them experimentally, and I see that Dr. He promised He would send the Holy Spirit in His place and He did.
I don't have time to name them all. This is actually a fairly liberal view that some people embrace. At first the parents can't believe it, but as months and years drag on, he continued telling them things about Jesus, God, and heaven that he couldn't possibly have known at his young age. Some experimenters were promised more money if their subjects rated certain photographs higher different experimenters were told to favor different photographs — and lo and behold, that's the result that they got. On the way home, both Cassie and Colton become sick. The congregation is quick to disappear as the pastor struggles. The chances of that kind of event happening, even if hundreds of the best and brightest secular minds agreed to work on a document that would yield the same kind of impact, are what? And when we do, we can easily mistake one of those confabulated details with something that actually happened.
Usually they are described as one looking down on themselves from the corner of the ceiling and seeing themselves below. After Colton recuperates, he tells his parents that, during the operation, he visited heaven. For many it has given them hope for eternal life. Colton says that he left his body during the operation, saw his parents in the two different rooms, and went to the church. It is far easier for many of us to try drugs than to be open to God. The phenomenon of unconscious signaling and other ways to silently transfer information, whether knowingly or not is well known among experimenters.