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This trend continues in his new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, where Bell poses. EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is intended to be a brief overview of Rob Bell's "Love Wins." For a more in-depth review, see the links at the end of. Love Wins, by megachurch pastor Rob Bell, is, as the subtitle suggests, “a book about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived.

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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Bell, influential pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church and author of Velvet Elvis, aims to provide an introduction to some of. Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Reading Chal: Love Wins by Rob Bell. In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

This is not a new book. I read it when it first released in , but I am reviewing it now. A well-known evangelical, Bell is the author of several other books, but his publication of Love Wins exploded with tremendous interest, discussion, and a huge measure of energetic controversy. It is a stunning, beautiful, expansive love, and it is for everybody everywhere. Bell points out, correctly, that his contrasting views are not novel but have been embraced and promoted by many in the past.

Most people have predictable reaction to books they don't agree with. Third, they refuse to see any value in the individual parts because they reject the book as a whole. This is a classic blunder to make with books. The most insidious viewpoint to hold onto is one you will never challenge or allow others to challenge. That implies you are not willing to be wrong or to be shown how you are wrong. The greatest false beliefs are those which go unchallenged for a long time.

Truth can always withstand the scrutiny of examination. Rob Bell is a pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is claimed by others, but not by Mr. Bell, that he is part of two movements within Christianity: the Postmodern and the Emerging Church movements.

Rob Bell book 'Love Wins' stirs controversy, denies core Christian beliefs

I cannot confirm or deny either of those claims. I expect there will be thousands of such book reviews coming. The book was marketed in a controversial way and as such was already condemned even before it was published. But I will leave the critical examination to others. I want to list what I believe are the best parts about this book. I do this so that even those who disagree with Rob Bell will stop for just a moment and consider that God may have prompted him to write it.

But God can still nudge along someone to write something, even if that person is not completely accurate. Who of us are? He asks great questions. He asks the kind of questions that church leaders hope non-believers never ask. These are thoughtful, direct and well-crafted questions. Does God punish people for infinite amount of years with eternal torment for things they did in their few finite years of life? Random Selection? Being born in the right place at the right time in history in the right family, speaking the right language?

Is there no hope for someone who dies and is not a believer? What is the age of accountability? What happens if a person dies a day before that age? Nam interdum justo eget nisi pulvinar et condimentum orci bibendum. Integer elementum tempor libero sit amet iaculis.

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Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived

As he makes his case, Bell seems to delight in being obtuse, creating caricatures of opposing views that lack logic and compassion. Thus, Rob Bell appoints himself a martyr for his cause, and anyone who disagrees with him is preemptively silenced. He subtly redefines the questions and answers, and in doing so, also shifts the battle lines.

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As he moves those lines, he moves closer and closer to outright blasphemy. Turning on 1 Timothy 2 where Paul states that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth Bell reflects on a traditional orthodox view of hell and asks: How great is God?

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Great enough to achieve what God sets out to do, or kind of great, great most of the time, but in this, the fate of billions of people, not totally great. God is at best sort of great, a little great—great for saving some, but evil for allowing others to perish. Dangerous words, those. It is a fearful thing to ascribe evil to God.

So what of the gospel? Where is the gospel and what is the gospel? Ultimately, what Bell offers in this book is a gospel with no purpose. In his understanding of the Bible, people are essentially good, although we certainly do sin, and are completely free to choose or not choose to love God on our own terms.

Even then he seems to believe that most people, given enough time and opportunity, will turn to God. He would deny the label as he tends to deny any label.

But if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well, you know how it goes. As soon as the door is opened to Muslims. Not true. Absolutely, unequivocally, unalterably not true. What Jesus does is declare that he, and he alone, is saving everybody.

And then he leaves the door way, way open.