Accept

We use cookies in order to save your preferences so we can provide a feature-rich, personalized website experience. We also use functionality from third-party vendors who may add additional cookies of their own (e.g. Analytics, Maps, Chat, etc). Read more about cookies in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If you do not accept our use of Cookies, please do not use the website.

East Sparta Christian Church
Loving God and loving people in the Sandy Valley!
 
Header Image
Blog

Love Wins

Get Your Own Gutensite
2011
May 16
By
eyes-on-fire

This week I finished reading Rob Bell’s new book: Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, And the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. It was an interesting read and I highly recommend it for anyone who feels like thinking really hard. Rob Bell has received mostly bad press from Christians because of this book. There was a fairly positive article on it in the New York Times titled “What if there’s no Hell?” which pretty muchly makes Rob’s initial argument. He wants to know how much of what we know about heaven and hell and the afterlife comes from cartoons and movies and campfire stories and how much comes from the Bible.

On a personal level I thought that most of what Rob had to say was very useful. And I always think that it is helpful to sort what the Bible says from what we think the Bible says. I have to admit though, that (as is nearly always the case with Rob Bell for me) there came a point in his thought process where I began to wonder how much of his thought was shaped by his own preconceptions rather than real Biblical study. I always have to pause for a minute when I hear someone ask the question ‘Why would I want to worship a God like that?’ I understand where the question comes from, but couldn’t you just as easily ask: ‘Why would I worship God if he refuses to fit into my little predefined box?’ For Rob Bell, there is obviously a part of him that rejects the idea of Hell on an emotional level and his understanding of God is that God reflects that same emotional rejection.

The traditional understanding is that God is a God of both perfect justice and perfect mercy and that he extends his mercy through Christ to anyone who will receive it. But anyone who refuses to receive God’s mercy must be subject to God’s justice. Romans 3:23 tells us that everybody has sinned and that we fall short of the glory of God. That means that if we are subject to God’s justice then we are in big trouble. That is why Jesus had to sacrifice, suffer, and die in order to make the payment for all of our sins. Rob Bell’s understanding is that even God’s justice is secondary to his love and that in the end God’s punishment is always for the purpose of bringing redemption. In this view, hell, if it existed, would be a place to convince sinners to turn to God and when they turned to God they would be welcomed into heaven with open arms.

Though I disagree with some of his theological conclusions, I do appreciate Rob’s heart in seeking out true answers and in bringing God’s love to people. I especially appreciate his emphatic call to work on bringing love to people here and now just like we hope we will do someday in heaven.

Do you have images of Hell that come more from Hollywood than the Holy Word? What do you think Hell will be like?

Bookmark and Share

Add a Comment

Leave a Comment

Name*
Email Help Tip
Website
Comment*
Characters Remaining: 5000
   

Comments

Heather Bailey

May 22, 2011 6:46 PM

I hope I never find out what Hell will be like.  I believe I am saved by GRACE and will spend eternity with Jesus, wherever that may be, on a new earth, in heaven, in a new heaven...no matter where He is, that is where I want to be.  I have studied the book of Revelation and am glad that God is the one who has it all in control and I will continue to trust him, whatever it looks like.


Jacob

May 07, 2018 10:50 AM

There are some story books and college-paper-writing-service.reviews impressed by some books. People can read some emotional stories of real life in some books. They can learn from story books. They can download books from some web sites now a days.


Phil Richards

June 15, 2018 6:04 PM

The best resume writing services usually give you the option to select your specific writer, presenting each write in the form of a short biography which explains their credential and experience. Although here we present you with our opinion as the current top resume writing services, it is also important to apply some criteria to your writer once you have decided to order from our resume writing service website.


free printable wall art

August 12, 2018 8:52 AM

This is one awesome blog article. Much thanks again. resume writing service


nis

September 04, 2018 1:46 AM

Olive

September 04, 2018 7:26 AM

Interesting to read about the book Love Wins by the author Rob Bell’s and the book is about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived. This book is it is helpful to sort what the Bible says from what we think the Bible says. windows cannot connect to the printer


saritax

September 26, 2018 5:21 AM

more links info:

https://cults3d.com/es/usuarios/tocnaza
http://www.dermandar.com/user/jimboxxx/
https://forum.wsop.com/chat/wsop-circuit-cherokee
https://www.themeparktourist.com/users/tocnaza
https://relatosx.hatenablog.com/
https://relatosx.hatenablog.com/entry/2018/09/19/200414
https://relatosx.hatenablog.com/entry/2018/09/21/181558
https://relatosx.hatenablog.com/entry/2018/09/21/182321
https://relatosx.hatenablog.com/entry/2018/09/21/182831
https://relatosx.hatenablog.com/entry/2018/09/21/183115
https://www.portalknights.com/en/forums/users/tocnaza/
https://www.zintro.com/profile/zi966da00f
https://www.internetpolyglot.com/user/324159
http://www.ohmstudio.com/users/tocnaza
https://www.zumvu.com/tocnaza/
https://rabbitroom.com/members/micuki/profile/
https://lichess.org/@/tocnaza
https://www.fimfiction.net/user/334838/tocnaza/about
https://community.newegg.com/discussion/85522
https://forum.opticallimits.com/member.php?action=profile&uid=10297
http://www.webestools.com/profile-37330.html
https://www.gearbest.com/forum/topic-t1449.html
http://slavrada.gov.ua/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=18784
http://www.ciazowy.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=18278
http://forums.seattletimes.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=243025
https://community.fema.gov/a0bt0000000Z2Wc
http://forums.seattletimes.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=243034
http://forums.seattletimes.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=243035
http://forums.seattletimes.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=243036
http://forums.seattletimes.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=243037
https://www.thisisant.com/forum/viewthread/6283/
http://smotra.ru/users/jimbox/
http://relatosx.neowordpress.fr/milenita-mi-nena-preciosa/


Lucy

November 12, 2018 3:30 AM

Create a new business email account - Gmail sign up 2018


EmmaBrown

January 12, 2019 4:23 PM

 

Thnx for useful information. Actually, there are tons of such sites, but i always get free college essay at https://samples.essaytopicsmasters.com/




Archives

2013
April 03

New


2013
January 10

Too Many Blankets


2013
January 03

Resolution


2012
December 27

Angel Tree


2013 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2012 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

2011 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

Full Archives