Sr. Fidelis Tracy
Foundations of Christian Theology
January 23, 2015
Is Heaven For Real?
Theology as a basic, fundamental discipline works to answer many ultimate questions for people. These questions are wide ranging from very specific topics to very broad ones. One of these ultimate questions that almost all humans face at some point in their lives deals with death and what happens after. What is death? Why do we die? What happens after death? Is heaven real or just something we are taught about?
` In the movie, Heaven is for Real, based on the book by Todd Burpo, Colton Burpo is rushed to the hospital after having his appendix rupture. Colton has many complications and after making a miraculous recovery returns home. During the months, to come Colton tells ...view middle of the document...
This part of the movie shows that people no matter what, question if heaven is a real thing or if we are just taught it. I believe that the movie takes a unique view on this concept; instead of looking explicitly at God and the concept of God, the movie looks more at belief. It attempts to say something about our beliefs and how these beliefs help us to understand the answer to this question of whether or not there is a heaven.
The movie tries to explore the question of heaven by showing the different views people have on heaven as well. Another strong quote from the movie is when Colton asks his dad if people don’t believe him and his dad responds, “Maybe they are afraid there is no heaven, maybe they are afraid there is.” I like this because to everyone heaven is a different concept and the idea of heaven causes different reactions in people. It shows that heaven and hell are seen by some as a control system used to frighten people into acting a certain way or doing certain things. For others heaven is shown as simply “too easy”. Heaven is can be seen as a fairytale, an easy explanation to life and the way things are. The movie attempts to show heaven as something that is not meant to be completely understood.
At the end of the movie, Todd Burpo is talking about questions. The questions that we all have about everything in life. When heaven gets brought up he says that only faith opens our eyes. He says I see it so I believe it.
This movie attempts to make people think about heaven, instead of saying there is a heaven it shows us that our beliefs shape the way we see things. I believe that this movie attempted to make people question heaven and show that beliefs will only strengthen our faith and help us to answer these questions.
Overall, the movie attempts to make people look at the ultimate question of is heaven for real.