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4-year-old's NDE is turned in to hit movie

May 8, 2014 | Comment icon 56 comments



The movie was a major hit in the US box office. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Colton Burpo described a visit to heaven during a vivid near-death experience following a burst appendix.
After he had woken up from surgery, the then four-year-old told his father, a preacher, that he had visited heaven and described in remarkable detail how he had met up with the Virgin Mary, John the Baptist and even Jesus, who he described as having "a bright smile".

What set his story apart from those of most near-death experiencers however was the discovery that he seemed to have gained knowledge of people and events that he couldn't possibly have known about. In one incident he was able to recognize a photograph of his great-grandfather who he had never met and even talked about meeting with his sister who had died before being born, despite his family never telling him about her.
So inspiring was his tale that it was turned in to a movie called "Heaven Is for Real" that went on to be a major success, earning $22.5 million within the first three days of opening in the US.

Now aged fourteen, Colton still remembers his experience and maintains that every word of it is true. "Itís not fiction at all," he said. "This is real and I want people to know that and be given hope."

Source: Vancouver Sun | Comments (56)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #47 Posted by Bluefinger 8 years ago
Wouldn't God revealing himself to him go against what Christianity is about? The idea of you not having evidence, you have to have faith instead, despite the lack of evidence? Not necessarily. God revealed Himself to people when Jesus came, doing miracles for everyone to see. Faith is something beyond what can be physically sensed. Otherwise, the Jews would have believed when they saw the miracles.
Comment icon #48 Posted by Orcseeker 8 years ago
Oh another DMT induced experience. Move along folks.
Comment icon #49 Posted by White Crane Feather 8 years ago
Ieeeee DMT released during death is a myth with no scientific backing. No... NDEs are not physiologically described. The fact that they have not been is what makes them interesting to real scientists. The only thing that exist is creative conjecture that does not hold up to scrutiny. Perception is a funny thing. How are we supposed to recognize something we are preceiving in which is non physical and totally outside of our normal perception. Is "the light " really a light? Is the tunnel a tunnel? Is the entity really Jesus or does on just call a god like presence Jesus because one believes in ... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by davros of skaro 8 years ago
Otherwise, the Jews would have believed when they saw the miracles. Or it's a plot device kinda of like Cinderella's wicked step sisters keeping her from going to the Prince's Ball.
Comment icon #51 Posted by and then 8 years ago
I saw the movie on Sunday. Greg Kennear was excellent in the lead role and the story wasn't as smarmy as I expected it to be. It approaches the situation in a logical way. That is to say it shows how such a story being told by a child in a small rural community would impact the family and the town at large. I enjoyed it immensely.
Comment icon #52 Posted by MissionAtlantis 8 years ago
All speculative, he could have heard is parents talking about his dead sister, subconsciously picked up clues, and his dad is a preacher, of course the kid "went to heaven." Wait......maybe it is true. Please don't treat your "speculation" as fact. Sure, that's a possibility, but it's also possible the young tike really experienced all of that. You, despite your implied omniscience, don't know!
Comment icon #53 Posted by MissionAtlantis 8 years ago
Not necessarily. God revealed Himself to people when Jesus came, doing miracles for everyone to see. Faith is something beyond what can be physically sensed. Otherwise, the Jews would have believed when they saw the miracles. Very nicely put, Bluefinger. God has revealed Himself many times, when it became necessary or was expedient. Christ said that anyone, with sufficient faith, could move a mountain into the sea. Why didn't he do this? Because it would have served no divine purpose. Skeptics clamor for proof or evidence, but when they receive it, they scoff. Christ was very wise when he said... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by Rafterman 8 years ago
e. Skeptics clamor for proof or evidence, but when they receive it, they scoff. Can you share with us some of this scoffed at proof and evidence? As to the rest of your post, I can sum it up as follows "Jesus doesn't want you to think too much".
Comment icon #55 Posted by Jesussaves 8 years ago
"It's an irrational excuse; "God doesnt reveal himself because that interfears with free will", then why did lucifer reject god? There's no reason why a god can't reveal itself in a non subjective superstitius psycholgically explaibable way." You do realize that nowhere in the bible states that Lucifer rejected God as the reason for his fall, right? That little tidbit was made famous by Milton's "paradise lost"
Comment icon #56 Posted by shaddow134 8 years ago
Can you share with us some of this scoffed at proof and evidence? As to the rest of your post, I can sum it up as follows "Jesus doesn't want you to think too much". I'd love to see some of this evidence...... Let's face it the religious faithful who loves this sort of stuff have come forth and handed over wads of cash to watch this movie. Mission accomplished. Maybe i'm just an old cynic.


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