Get Ready For More Books on Whether Hell is Real or Not
Rob Bellâ€™s recent best-selling book, Love Wins, sparked huge controversy inside and outside the evangelical church, questioning if people actually go to hell.
And once the hip, outspoken pastor jimmied open the latch of orthodoxy, a tidal wave of criticism and heated debate poured inâ€”on TV, on the Internet, and from other pulpits, calling Bell everything from a universalist to a heretic and even a hero. (One pastor even lost his job after supporting Bell.)
Now three follow-up booksâ€”fast tracked by Christian publishers to capitalize on the still-percolating Love Wins buzzâ€”are joining the critical fray. Most prominent among them is Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up by Francis Chan, also an evangelical pastor-author whoâ€™s quickly rising in the same ecclesiastical circles that Bell orbits....
"The Bible is clear that there is an eternity after this life. Eternity will be spent in one of two places either in the Glory of God's presence which is heaven or separated from that Glory in the suffering and torment of hell. Many people, perhaps most people, are unwilling to consider that a God of love would ever be able to consign people to suffer day and night forever and ever in a place called hell. Our difficulty in this comes from two directions. Number one, we fail to have a true comprehension of God as a God of all holiness. And on the other side we fail to comprehend how depraved and vile and sinful we as human beings really are. We have lowered our concept of the holiness of God and raised our concept of man's sinfulness so that the gap between us is not that great. And while God of course is more holy than we are, we don't conceive of His holiness being so pure and bright and burning that it would consume any defilement."
light wrote: "Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" Well Christ Jesus appears to teach it is real. I think I'll stick with Him.