Colton Burpo, The Boy Who Said He Met Jesus In Heaven, Faces His CriticsBy: Val Powell - April 18, 2014
When Colton Burpo was 4 years old, he had an emergency appendectomy surgery that nearly took his life. After recovering from the surgery, Burpo said that he was able to visit the afterlife. Not only that, he said that he met Jesus there. He told his story with complete details and described Jesus as a man who had “brown hair, a brown beard, and beautiful sea-blue eyes.”
His statement made others believe, while others became his worst critics.
Colton is now 13 years old and is giving interviews together with his parents Sonya and Todd Burpo to promote the upcoming movie Heaven is for Real. The film is an adaptation of the book Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, which is based on Colton’s near death experience.
The book discusses Colton’s experience in detail, even saying that Jesus rides a rainbow-colored horse. The boy also said that he met some of his family members who have already passed.
Colton said that he hopes the film allows viewers to realize that God loves them and wants them “to go to heaven.” He also mentioned that the problem with people is that they are too attached to material things and that’s what hinders them from entering heaven. “So when you love Jesus and you decide to follow him, it’s easier to let those things go so you can be in heaven for an eternity,” Colton said.
Through the years, Colton has been using his experience as a way to spread the Christian message. He gives inspiration to children who are terminally ill, as well.
Despite critics telling the Burpo family to stop telling their story, they still continue their mission of spreading the message. “OK you can believe what you want to,” Colton said addressing his critics. “That’s not going to stop me from sharing what I saw.”
Heaven is for Real hits theaters on April 16.
Colton talks about heaven
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