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As part of a series on peacemaking, in late 2007, Pastor Rob Bell's Mars Hill Bible Church put on an art exhibit about the search for peace in a broken world. It was just the kind of avant-garde project that had helped power Mars Hill's growth (the Michigan church attracts 7,000 people each Sunday) as a nontraditional congregation that emphasizes discussion rather than dogmatic teaching. An artist in the show had included a quotation from Mohandas Gandhi. Hardly a controversial touch, one would have thought. But one would have been wrong.
A visitor to the exhibit had stuck a note next to the Gandhi quotation: "Reality check: He's in hell." Bell was struck.
I read some of the article but it got tiresome around page 3. It's more of the same old "Hath God said?" argument that always comes around to justify disagreements with the mainstream faith. I personally do believe that God will give everyone a fair chance before they are cast into eternal damnation. For most of us that chance is right here and right now, but who is to say that one who never heard the gospel won't be given the same opprotunity? One way or another everything will be fair and transparent. There will certainly be levels of punishment and reward, but no one will be able to call God unjust. The question of where is Ghandi? Isn't really for us to answer. That being said, he certainly isn't in Heaven because of any good works that he did during his life. It seems he was aware of Christianity, but never converted. So we can speculate, but it's not for us to say.