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‘Heaven is for Real’ the new movie- #5 of 7

Jesus in heaven ‘a blond?’

Well that is the description shared in ‘Heaven is for Real’the movie released April 16, 2014. According to radio commentators and personal research on the internet Jesus is not only blond in heaven, but Jesus also has blue green eyes.

Those commenting, on that fact, seemed very surprised, but I’m not.

Why?

Because with my reading of Sisters of the Bloodwindby author Ava D. Dohn and the talking done with customers at Walmart in Hornell, NY as a door greeter, from 2008 till 2010, causes me to think that I helped inspire that picture. The conversations shared in previous posts under this theme continued.

My desire to draw people toward loving God caused me to talk to ones who demonstrated not only a willingness to listen, but also desired to gain more knowledge and insight.

Double rainbow evening

In fact during one conversation about, my view of, the reality of the heavens a man or woman commented, please forgive me for not remembering which, “What do you want to do to help people love God more?”

In responding motion for our present was defined, at least that’s what I believe, “Well, I think films/movies get more response than books do in our present technological age, and because of that the story I’ve read inspires me, others should read it to so they’ll have a reason to fall in love with the people in the heavens. But I think films are a way to get people interested in the book. Because books always hold more details so even the best of films only work as advertisement for the books. But most people don’t read books so a film could inspire more reading.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Because there are hundreds or thousands of people leaving this store with DVD’s each week versus the hundred or so with books. Now that’s just my perception [found with being a door greeter, cashier, book reader, and electronics associate], but take a look at the size of our book section in this store! Then compare that to the size of the DVD section in electronics. They are both entertainment, but people go into electronics and spend money on movies that they just don’t spend on books.”

When that comment was made a brand new hardcover at Walmart was about $17.99 in price versus a new release DVD without extras for $21.99. And in the Hornell, NY store at that time there was about 28 linear feet of shelving for all books, while there was between 144 and 160 feet of linear shelf space for DVD’s.

My customer questioned me with words similar to those here, “What type of story do you think will inspire people to search further for the heavens?”

After pausing to think for a moment, I responded, “A real life story, one that would be believed because the teller was young or a religious minister. It should be real, it should be truthful, but it should also be a vision of heaven.”

“A vision of heaven?”

After some slight consideration, my response was, “I think I may have when I was young, but I’m too old for someone to think I’m not crazy . . .”

That train of speech was interrupted by a woman with the comment, “I heard about a boy who had an experience.”

Asking her about what she knew caused her to say, “I’m not sure; I’ll have to ask him.”

The woman’s comment may have inspired more movie plans in the mind of my conversationalist because there was more interaction between us, in following talks, but it was centered more and more on bringing the reality of the heavens to people through film.

The movie ‘Heaven is for Real’ is told as a true story, I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m thinking Jesus is female in that movie. So not only golden blond, with blue-green eyes, but also female is my conjecture about Jesus as shared in that movie presently.

I’ll see it eventually, for me it would be sad to me if the movie doesn’t share the reality of my discussions because of fear of standards defined by man.

The ‘Heaven is for Real’ supposed reality- #2 of 7

Heaven is for Real’ is supposedly based on a real life story, but more happened while I was at Walmart  leading me to conclude that the whole tale is not actually truthful.  This doesn’t mean that this young gentlemen, the story author, didn’t experience a heavenly occasion, but I think details have been added that he didn’t see.

‘Like what?’

While working customers shared in thoughts and ideas with me.  Sometimes comments about faith and love were made, by my people, because a loving display was noticed.

One time I commented about my desire to bring love for God to all mankind in response to an inquiry.

The person being talked with questioned, “How?”

God's finger + a heavely view

A heartfelt response followed, “I’m not really sure, but I do know that heaven is real, and if heaven is real God is real, and if God is real ALL people should be able to feel and understand the reality of God and the other people in the heavens.”

The stiffening shoulders, furled eyebrow, and questioning gaze of this listener caused me to continue, “’We are created in God’s image,’ at least according to the scriptures in Genesis.  And the Bible also mentions that there is war taking place in that area.  At least that’s how I perceive some words in Daniel.”

That talk concluded when the customer left the store.  But on returning, at a later time, the conversation continued with them mentioning that the scriptures shared, previously, had been reviewed and then their appreciation for my words to them was shared.

After asking about details of our previous conversations I led into a continuation of thought.  “So for me that means there are people battling for righteousness and freedom which people on earth don’t even think about.   We consider God and the angels as superior beings, but even though they are without inherit sin the people in the heavens aren’t machines, the LIVE.”

And the interested querying face caused me to proceed with that line of thought.  “Before the flood, if you read Genesis 6 you’ll find the words [similar to these] sharing that ‘the thought [of the sin and horror upon the earth at that time] hadn’t even been contemplated by God.’  God is the ‘Alpha and the omega,’ but God is growing with life and alterations that happen with life.”

“What?”

“‘ Thought never rose up into the heart of God,’ the thought of rebellion, sin, hatred, wasn’t even felt by God, the mind of God by the time of the rebellion before the flood never had considered the evil actions that happened.  That means God learned.”

“You know I never thought of that before,” or words very similar was the response from that person.  Then their body language conveyed the question, ‘where do these thoughts come from?’

As they were edging toward the door, I could tell that their time at Walmart was done for that day, so I said, “Please have a great day, and feel free to look up those words in Genesis 6 about God’s thinking if you want to.  Especially since I never quote word perfectly.”

And upon exiting these words were heard, “I will!  Thank you.”

Multiple public conversations and my marketing scheme for a book that is  fiction but shares a story that caused me to try leading others to go beyond the structured thinking religions have defined.  Some of those ideas, in my opinion, helped inspire the movie ‘‘Heaven is for Real.’’  Hopefully sharing with you will cause curiosity to rise up in your heart to seek out more inspiration.

The ‘Heaven is for Real’ movie and I- #1 of 7

The ‘Heaven is for Real’ movie and I are acquainted.

How so?

Hornell Walmart- summer 2008

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 . . .

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