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Published: Saturday, Nov. 30 2013 11:30 a.m. MST

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mattmo
Gallatin, MO

Need more movies like this that are truly real not what the world wants us to think is real. Can't wait to see this movie that will uplift and inspire.

Utah Native
Farmington, UT

I was touched by the comforting message of this book, and will look forward to watching the movie with my family.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

Awesome, I read the book Proof of Heaven and he met a sister that had died before he was born. But he had not known about her before he had died. I look forward to an uplifting movie to watch, I don't watch many movies.

manuretruck
St. George, UT

Sounds like a lot of unsubstantiated tall-tales - people who are desperate to convince themselves and others of their faith often resort to such, basically amounting to nothing but a ton of confirmation-bias laden "facts" and in the worst cases, outright lies.

They do this without realizing that it goes against the very precepts of their own religion.

The power of implanted suggestion has been well-proven in psychological research, and no doubt before his medical problem, this child had been overwhelmed with religious imagery and tales of the afterlife and "heaven" from his obviously devoutly religious parents.

Children also love telling tales, especially when they can see that it makes their parents happy and that their parents want to hear more.

I would also not be surprised if the child was asked leading questions by his parents in order to implant suggestions as to how he should respond.

This is usually how these stories happen. Children are natural storytellers and they will feed all sorts of lines to a parents if they keep getting positive feedback for it.

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT

Since when were we given spiritual experiences to cash in on? Ill pass on this, thanks.

I Choose Freedom
Atlanta, GA

Hey manuretruck, you sound desperate. Perhaps you should spend some time studying the scriptures and then pondering and praying. Heavenly Father will open your eyes to the truth. But only if you will allow Him to do so.

Adrian Martin
Birmingham, England

Sorry, manuretruck, but if you read the article it says that the boy did not know about his deceased sister until he saw her "on the other side".

How sad that people choose to rubbish what other people say. Matthew 21:16!

I look forward to the film coming out. We need more heart-warming stories like this!

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

"Need more movies like this that are truly real . . . "

Love it. Total lack of skepticism or critical thinking. This person believes what a movie says about what a father claims a four year old child claimed about an after life experience. This person sees this as "truly real" without the slightest hesitation. Sad really. But it does give us an insight into people's ability to believe the most far fetched of ideas.

Manuretruck does a very good job of deconstructing these sorts of claims. I do think one thing not stressed enough, though, is the ability of people to lie. There is a claim of the child mentioning an unknown sister that had passed away. Did it not occur to true believers that the father that wrote the book might just be lying about this? Or short of accusing him of something so malicious, perhaps he heard his son talk about a girl, and interpreted it this way?

Really, to properly analyze these claims at the least research of a full recording of any discussions with the child about his experiences would be needed.

Short of this these are only the claims of a reverend with, perhaps, an agenda.

BoringGuy
Holladay, UT

Hollywood = Fantasy time

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Miracles exist there is no getting beyond that. The universe, life, our own consciousness. If these miracles have happened, why not others?

Surf is Up
Miami, FL

manuretruck et al, the last few years has brought factions of people devoted to faith, and those who, of which your post seems to classify yourself, who want to tear it all down and have become very vocal and vitriolic about it.
There are those who believe that faith is essential for civilization, and those who think civilization is in peril because of faith and religion.

I can see why you would be so angered and taken aback because of a boy's story about seeing and experiencing something wonderful and inspiring. How dare he! How dare his father!

Hollywood releases several fictional films every month. Most are garbage designed to void traditional values and common dececy. But I doubt those anger your kind as much as this film does.

So scoff if you like. In the end all you will have is what you contribute to the world. If you believe sneering at things like this en vogue then all I can say is that you, at very least, chose your login moniker well.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

It is sad that the comments on this story took such a sad direction after manuretruck (who chose his name so well) expressed his negative view. A lot of people have had similar experiences. I'd feel very uncomfortable calling them all liars, even if I didn't believe in "heaven." No one is being told they have to see the movie, mt, so just stay home and don't fret about it.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Let’s see… a 4 year old boy has a near death experience that by all accounts tracts precisely to the religion – including characters, imagery, etc. – he was raised in; and by an evangelical family where religious teachings (for kids this young we should really call it something else) were a daily occurrence.

Find me someone living in a tribe in Borneo who, during some mental state (medically induced or otherwise), reports back an experience filled with Christian imagery and then I’ll be impressed.

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

"You sound desperate"
You need to "ponder and pray"
"How sad that people choose to rubbish what other people say."
You "want to tear it all down and have become very vocal and vitriolic about it."
You are "angered and taken aback "
You are "scoffing" and "sneering"
It was a "negative view" you expressed.
You are fretting about this movie.

Good heavens! I had no idea this stuff was in your post! I had to go back and reread it just to see if the desperation, rubbish, vitriol, anger, scoffing, sneering, negativity, and fretting were there. As well as the need to tear it all down. I had to read it twice again.

And yep, all of that stuff is right. . . not there.

But it sure makes one wonder what kind of people would see it there.

J Poll
Gilford, NH

So I understand the boy said everyone except Jesus had wings there.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

As usual, when a non believer points out the irrationality of a "faith-promoting" story or movie, while not personally attacking anyone, the believers jump on the non believer and personally attack him or her, and the DN Editorial staff do nothing about it.

Why are believers allowed to post personal attacks, and off topic/disruptive comments, but non believers are not?

This story is second or third hand hearsay, at best. If this is the substance of your hope and the evidence of your things "not seen" (?), then your "faith" is more misplaced than i had previously supposed. You might as well build your faith on the sandy foundation of the "little birdies" email hoax that went around years ago.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

It is an interesting story... But it is just that - a story. Whether from imagination, or something else, nobody knows. But certainly it wouldn't be the first story of the afterlife that has been made up. Like I said, maybe the boy and the parents really do believe what he experienced, but odds are it all took place within the confines of his mind.

Urantia606
Eagan, MN

You people who are atheist or do not believe you are in for a mighty surprise! You think of God as what some churches say that God is some God or whatever in the sky like thing, but your so wrong!! I would suggest IF your brave enough and want a challenge to your sad life to check out the Urantia Book you can find it online by just typing it in and get the web sites for it. You read that book and still say ther eis NO such God or life after Boy are you really scared of the TRUTH then!! and in complete denial this book is for ALL People on this world.

Umac40
Miami, FL

I could bring you thousands of people who say that they've been abducted by aliens, undergone surgery, and were blasted back to their Earthly beds in a matter of hours. Would a movie about those stories then be considered "true"?

This is based on a true story based on a fake story based on what some guy told some other guy a long long time ago. Co-produced by James & Kirk Cameron, two people with NO obvious motives, right?

Hahahahaha, some people are so gullible. Keeping the sheep in line while lining the pockets of others.

wjhopper
toronto, 00

The boy claims in the trailer that in heaven everybody is young. But obviously there isn't an arbitrary age, as his unborn sister is said to be a little girl and his great-great grandfather is shown to be a young man...............To be honest if this was my child I'd certainly give it some thought, considering I'm non-religious, but coming from a child whose father is a Reverend? Sounds like indoctrination.

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