You hear stories all the time about attacks on religion. They occur in schools, at the workplace and even in politics.
They also occur in Hollywood, where movies with religious themes like ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and ‘Noah’ have caused controversy.
But quietly, there is one movie with religious themes that is the exception rather than the rule.
'Heaven is For Real' is based on the true story of Colton Burpo, the four year old that nearly died when his appendix burst. The movie is about what Colton says he saw when he was in heaven. James McAbee, the ‘Pistol Packin' Pastor’ in Beaumont, told KTRH this isn't your average Hollywood film bashing religion.
“Hollywood normally puts its own spin on these movies. They normally have a motive behind it,” McAbee said.
But this one is different, and McAbee says there’s a simple reason why.
“We’ve all lost somebody and we all want to see them again.” McAbee explained. “This is bringing great hope to people that they can reconnect.”
Evangelist Dr. Mike Smalley told KTRH the movie is doing so well because everyone can relate to it.
“Everyone is intrigued by the thought of heaven and seeing loved ones after you die,” Smalley stated.
Smalley says Hollywood knows it can’t continually put movies out that questions religion.
“They know they can’t continually bite the hand that feeds them,” Smalley said.
The movie opened up over the Easter holiday and wound up taking in more money than big budget movies like Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' did in its opening weekend.