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Pastor Chris' Blog

Heaven is for real because the Bible ALREADY Told Me So!

Chris Woodard

For my blog post this week, I had several thoughts as to what I wanted to write about. Although I had several ideas, my proposed topic was to write my thoughts about that latest biblical thriller that just hit theaters entitled: Heaven is for Real. For those who know me best, you already know that I have never had any confidence that Hollywood could generate biblically-based films that resemble anything accurate to the Word; and an even worse job at producing a movie with a biblical theme that comes from a book that is exceptionally non-biblical.

   So rather than giving you another opinion about the concerns I have over this movie and book of the same title, I thought I would refer you to a helpful link to a book review written when the book, Heaven is for Real first came out: http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/heaven-is-for-real The point to be made for this blog post is that as Christians, we are to be careful discerners of anything that is related to our spiritual well-being and especially that which is supposedly a reflection of biblical truth.

  Consider these verses: “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11, ESV) “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, ESV) and “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1, ESV)

   The most important principle for a Christian to understand about discernment is that it is directly proportional to the knowledge you have of the Word of God. The less you know, the more you will believe, even if it is dangerous. As you finish reading my thoughts and the article to which I referred to earlier, ask yourself, “do I adequately know enough of the Word of God to be a discerning Christian?” If you answered yes, yet love Heaven Is for Real, by all means, please rethink your answer. Oh, and that also applies to the “Blood Moon” prophecy garbage that is out there as well.