The soon-to-be released film "Heaven is For Real" is based on a bestselling book of the same title.
"Heaven is For Real" chronicles the claims of a 4-year-old boy, Colton Burpo, who says he went to heaven during a near death-experience in a hospital during emergency surgery for a burst appendix, notes the Daily Mail.
Colton, who is now 13, has been promoting the film (trailer below) with his parents Todd and Sonja Burpo.
However, several questions have arisen about Colton's heavenly claims.
First, there is his claim that everyone in heaven wears wings.
However, there is no mention of wings in the Bible.
Christian high school teacher Kevin Probst asks on his blog MinistryMaker.com, "Why would we need wings? Is there gravity in heaven? There is a broad misconception that when humans are transported to heaven they become angels. This is not true."
Lynn Vincent, who ghost-wrote "Heaven is for Real,” was initially reluctant to include the part about people in heaven having wings.
“If I put that people in Heaven have wings, orthodox Christians are going to think that the book is a hoax,” Vincent told New York Magazine, reports the New York Post.
Probst also notes that Colton claims people in heaven are all young, 20s and 30s, which is actually an Islamic teaching. This would seem to contradict Colton and his parents' Christian faith.
Probst mentions that Colton claims people have swords in heaven to keep the devil away, but adds, "A sword is a man-made instrument used to defend against or do battle with other human beings. In a spirit world it would be ineffective."
Todd Burpo, who is a Christian minister, recalls the sword in this part of the book:
"'Hey Colton, I bet you asked if you could have a sword, didn't you?' I said. At that, Colton's smile melted into a dejected frown, and his shoulders slumped toward the floor. 'Yeah, I did. But Jesus wouldn't let me have one. He said I'd be too dangerous.' I chuckled a little, wondering if Jesus meant Colton would be a danger to himself or others."
That raises the question, how could someone in heaven injure dead people with a sword?
"Heaven is For Real" also claims Colton somehow knew about his mother's miscarriage, which his parents did not tell him about.
But Colton has an older sister Cassie who reportedly did know and could have told him.
Christian theologian John MacArthur also dismissed the book/film on his website:
For anyone who truly believes the biblical record, it is impossible to resist the conclusion that these modern testimonies—with their relentless self-focus and the relatively scant attention they pay to the glory of God—are simply untrue. They are either figments of the human imagination (dreams, hallucinations, false memories, fantasies, and in the worst cases, deliberate lies), or else they are products of demonic deception.
In addition to their bestselling book and upcoming film, the Burpo family has traveled around the country giving speeches on the afterlife, which cost $20 a seat in the present life, noted StarHerald.com.