'Heaven Is for Real' Raises Questions About Faith

The hit movie describes the journey of Colton Burpo, 4, who claims he saw heaven while undergoing surgery.
2:44 | 04/22/14

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:



Skip to this video now

Now Playing:


More information on this video
Enhanced full screen
Explore related content
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for 'Heaven Is for Real' Raises Questions About Faith
We continue with heaven is for real. The best-seller about a little boy's near-death experience. It is a hit movie. And it is sparking a lot of conversation about the existence of heaven. And Paula Faris is in social square with all of the details. Good morning, Paula. Reporter: Good morning, Lara. Some critics of the film calling it a hoax. But for so many others, this young boy's near-death expeerps is nothing short of a heavenly encounter. It's been a heavenly hit in theaters. And I looked down. And mom was in one room. And you were in another room yelling at god. Reporter: "Heaven is for real" based on "The New York times" best-seller, describes the journey of Colton, who claims he was dead for several minutes while undergoing surgery. That's when I got to see heaven. Jesus and some angels came. And flew me up to heaven. He was wearing white robes with a purple sash. And he just came down nicely and gracefully. You saw grandfather? Where did you see him? In heaven. Reporter: The movie is joining "Resurrection" and "Proof of heaven," about near-death experiences. It was the most profound experience I've ever had in this life. Reporter: But it also has critics. Many say the story is unbelievable, a work of fiction. Let's say a dozen books written by people who have been to heaven recently and come back. Every, single one of them describes it differently. Reporter: Colton reciting things he had heard from his father as a preacher? Would a 4-year-old really remember such details? Even people of faith have criticism, including pastor John Mcarthur. I'm convinced the movie and the book is a hoax, from start-to-finish. It has nothing to do with christianity or the bible. Reporter: But T.D. Jakes who serves as a producer of the film, disagree. It gives us the possibility of the impossible. Reporter: And this remarkable child may be giving believers hope. Heaven is for real. And you're going to like it. Reporter: The movie "Heaven is for real" is having a real impact at the box office, with just a $12 million budget. It's grossed $29 million, which by comparison is beating Johnny Depp's new movie. And we asked in our flash poll, do you believe people can see heaven during a near-death experience. 88% of you say yes. George and robin? We can probably give a lot of people comfort. Absolutely. It certainly does. Coming up, everybody. Drew Carey, Cheryl Burke,

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"id":23419376,"title":"'Heaven Is for Real' Raises Questions About Faith","duration":"2:44","description":"The hit movie describes the journey of Colton Burpo, 4, who claims he saw heaven while undergoing surgery.","url":"/GMA/video/heaven-real-raises-questions-faith-23419376","section":"GMA","mediaType":"default"}