The ‘Heaven is for Real’ movie and I are acquainted.
Well I worked as a door greeter at Walmart in Hornell, NY from 2008 to 2010. While at the door my work was inspired by the desire to share with people love. Love for the unknown and under-appreciated. Love for the people who battle for righteousness and universal freedom. This love caused me to try to make people feel appreciated, cared for, and it caused me to talk about people I’ve come to love the most.
What is interesting is that conversations would sometimes take twists and turns because I didn’t ever try to make people believe what I said. I just tried to encourage them to think. This involved listening, commenting on what was said, and inserting thoughts and ideas that could encourage their minds and hearts to change.
During one conversation I mentioned my belief in heaven and the people that live there. Those people being different from the majority of the world but very similar to us in many respects.
He queried with, “What do you mean?”
I responded with, “Well for many of us we see God and angels as glo-globs of energy with no definition other than commanding power, law & authority and very little personality.”
The man had been nodding his head during my words and in my guesstimation, his nodding was because of relating to what was said. Sort of like I was speaking truth and he concurred with my conjecture.
His expressions inspired my following response, with similar words, “My view of God is based on a slight understanding of the Bible and some of the creation account in Genesis.” Because of a fear of offending the man, a customer, with one of the two forbidden public conversations, politics and religion I personalized my comment. These were my words, “In the description of creation, Genesis chapter 1 or 3, but I think its chapter 3 we’re told, “‘…and they [humans] were created in their image.’ According to my interpretation, that means we are like God, God is like us.” Observing the skeptical questioning on his face I continued, “The scriptures describe God as our ‘father in the heavens’ . . . they mention that ‘his eyes are upon us’. What does that sound like to you?”
He responded, “I think I remember reading those words, but I never thought of God as a person before.”
In encouragement I said to him, “Examine Genesis for yourself, because that’s what the Bible mentions. Think about what we discussed and consider all the other times God is described as a physical being.”
He waved as he walked away with the kind of carriage that caused me to think he was accepting and curious.
Well time continued to pass. And once in a while in-depth conversations like the one, described, here continued to happen.
Presently having seen and heard ads for the new movie ‘Heaven is for Real,’ causes me to recollect even more . . .