Hell is joked about… In a speech to the National Press Club, Ted Turner said,eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'whatchristianswanttoknow_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',116,'0','0'])); “Heaven is going to be a mighty slender place. After reading both books, I have to confess to feeling oddly perplexed by the whole debate - not because the topic is unimportant, I believe it's vitally important, but because both books are ultimately very lightweight. What Do Christians Believe About Dinosaurs? He and his wife, Deanna have been married since June 1993. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire…where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire.”, Some people say that “their God is a God of love and doesn’t condemn people to hell.” I say, “Yes, you are right. It's a baffling situation. Whatever the case, Erasing Hell is available in stores; but not as many as I thought. Since Jesus was a first century Jew, it would make sense to see how first Century Jews view the concept of Hell. I can’t give a much better endorsement than that. Chan tries to pull back every preconceived notion that he has about hell and the afterlife and look to the Scriptures. Please leave a comment! wants to be humble. Most of all I should rejoice to see a number of theologians ... joining ... in researching this great topic with all its ramifications." So even though the gates are always open, it appears there are still those that will never enter. nor that this lake of fire is intended to purify the wicked. He speaks of torment, and we get the impression that hell is terrible, that its a place to be avoided at all costs, but he doesnt clearly tell us how long it will last. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Any funds received from purchases through these sites from this blog sponsors giveaways for Somewhere Only We Know readers. For anyone to imply that there is a second chance after this life is just not found in the words of Jesus or in the other writings of Scripture.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'whatchristianswanttoknow_com-banner-1','ezslot_8',118,'0','0'])); Chan writes in a way that is blunt and bold but not in a pious or self-promoting or self-righteous way. But they don't stop at what they wants to believe. With that, Chan urges us to let God be God. I am finally writing a review of sorts Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. From international best-selling author Eugene Peterson, well known for authoring The Message. Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' It is arrogant to pick and choose which truths we want to embrace. (pg 68), Bell's essential belief is that we create our own hell on earth. The point of the above post is to demonstrate in yet another way that annihilationism is a valid biblical view, with even more Scripture support than the eternal torment doctrine. Revelation 14:11 and 20:1 and so on. Many people today think of hell as a state of mind rather than as a real place. These chapters focused on some difficult questions concerning God and how we interpret God with our limited human minds. the annihilist view was completely forgotten. Sunday Post - 77 & Stacking the Shelves - 48, Sunday Post - 74 & Stacking the Shelves - 47, Top Ten 2014 New Releases I'm Stoked About, Sunday Post - 73 & Stacking the Shelves - 46. While they don’t “bash” Bell like some have, Chan and Sprinkle challenge Love Wins, particularly in the 1st three chapters. They deemed his book as "heretical and universalist". Erasing Hell was written as a response against Love Wins perspective on Hell. Gehenna in Greek means Valley of Hinnom. Scripture to be examined and scrutinized because the implications of We need more than analysis; we need artistry. “Their worm never turns” or ends. I am not sure if this was a popular sold out book, or a limited release, or a difficult book to get into stores. I do believe that the punishment of being separated from God for unbelievers will be forever and eternal but I don’t believe there is a place who burns forever. They don't want to think about people that they know and love possibly ending up there after this life is over. I personally believe in General Atonement but Limited Salvation (I’m sure many Evangelicals, particularly calvanists, will disagree that it is only limited atonement, but we can agree on “limited salvation”). Rob Bell seemed to stir up this beehive with his book called “Love Wins.”  The controversy that Bell’s book created is because of the questions Bell asks and the conclusions that he seems to come to concerning people and their ultimate destiny. The fact is, Scripture is filled with divine actions that don't fit our human standards of logic or morality. It is not biblical information, but perhaps human logic. Bell believes eventually, yes. And he cites lots of research, footnotes, references, etc. This article will give a brief overview of his writing and the inspiration for this book. They've asked the same questions. Because the rich man ignored the poor beggar Lazarus, he ends up in hades while Lazarus is in heaven. Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' Youre fooling yourself if you believe otherwise. When Paul says all be made alive, he refers to the the resurrection of believers at the second coming of Christ. I pray he opens your eyes. Bell describes Jesus teaching about hell as a volatile mixture of images, pictures, and metaphors that describe the very real experiences and consequences of rejecting our God-given goodness and humanity. Jesus explains "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Chan's co-author on this very book has. No one wants to ditch God's plan of redemption, even though it doesn't make sense to us. Bell observes that, Gehenna in Jesus Day was the city dump. As for Bell, it depends on how words are translated. It gave me hope he would present a biblical, well Rob Bell Erasing Hell will immerse you in the truth of Scripture as, together with the authors, you find not only the truth but the courage to live it out. He is currently a full-time author, speaker, and teacher. Had Rob Bell not wrote Love Wins, it would not have existed at all. There is also the Parable of the Net found later in verses 49-50 where Jesus says, So it will be at the end of the age. (pg 115), While that sounds promising, John explains two verses later that there are still two different destinies for believers and unbelievers. No content from this blog may be used or copied without written permission from the author. What am I doing to combat hate? So it will be at the end of the age. Hell is a valley in Jerusalem were families have picnics. Satan is bound and doesn’t rule over anything, including heaven. Erasing Hell: What God said about He does interact with some of the writings of Rob Bell but not in a harsh way but rather … Whether it is flooding the earth, slaughtering all the inhabitants of Canaan, or even sending his own son Jesus to die for the sins of the world. What foolishness: the reason hell is eternal is because the sinner that dies in their sin, can never repent and stop sinning long enough to pay for them. all the traditional contemporaries breathing down his back, deep down The other recurring theme is the understanding that God does what he wants whether we like it or not. Our minuscule thoughts on this earth does not place us on the same level as Gods thoughts. They both understand several aspects were not discussed in detail in order to keep the book understandable reasonable and accessible to most readers. But in Love Wins, Bell suggests the idea that, The love of God will melt every hard heart, and even the most depraved sinners will eventually turn to God.

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