Chris and I finally got to watch Heaven Is For Real on netflix last night. We both concluded that the young boy could very well have visited Heaven and indeed, why not? But it was interesting to note the various reactions even from Christians within the church where the boy's father was a pastor.
It almost broke up the church. Why? because actually believing that Heaven is real would result in a different way of living your life. For some, it would bring change and fear. For others, hope. The question is relevant now. Do you believe Heaven is real? and if so, why couldn't a 4 year old boy be telling the truth no matter how far fetched it may seem to the sceptic?
We serve a supernatural, all powerful God. Why is it implausible to believe that some people who have near death or close to death experiences have seen Heaven? why are we so scared to hear these testimonies?
Really, it comes down to fear of being deceived. But even if you follow that logic, the deception would be used by the evil one to bring down the Kingdom of God, not promote it. And all this young child did was give hope to the dying and bring people to a more real relationship with their Saviour! That's not working against the Kingdom! That's promoting it and leading people to get real with God....
Another aspect of this child's testimony is he was so matter of fact about it... I mean, if someone is trying to promote a falsehood, they usually are very adamant to make their point and are quite passionate about it. They need to make the deceived believe. But this child simply said, "that's Him!" to his father after seeing Akian's picture of Jesus, and then went out to play..
I don't put much store in pictures of Jesus, nor do I obsess about how He looked, but I do love the picture by Akian, a young woman who also saw Heaven and who painted this picture 'Prince of Peace' at the age of 8! This is the picture that correlated with the young boy's recollection of what Jesus looked like.
Another amazing thing is that at age 8, and not being born to believing parents, Akian drew Jesus with the dreadlocks in the front of his hair that no Jew would shave off... and at 8, she would hardly have known that Jewish men do not shave off their beards completely. Amazing too, that both the children said He had blue-green eyes. A child born to non believers, Akian certainly painted a Jewish Man Who had the same features as the Jesus the little boy recognised.
So today, like Jesus said to Peter, "Who do you say I am?" I ask you, "Is Heaven real?" and if it is, what does it change for you?
© Glenys Robyn Hicks
I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12