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Rob Bell Makes Cover of Time

I read with interest Time magazine’s recent cover story on Rob Bell and his new book, Love Wins. This is a controversial book because it is a departure from traditional theology.

One of the controversies surrounds hell. Bell asserts that hell is different for different kinds of people. He says, “There are all kinds of hell because there are all kinds of ways to reject the good and the true and the beautiful and the human now, in this life.” In Bell’s mind, if we don’t accept God’s love, we end up creating a hell for ourselves.

Bell also claims that hell is only a temporary place, and that ultimately all people will be restored. He writes:

Jesus says in Matthew 19 that there will be a “renewal of all things,” Peter says in Acts 3 that Jesus will “restore everything,” and Paul says in Colossians 1 that through Christ “God was pleased to. . . .reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Bell questions the idea that heaven is only for Christians. After he read a note someone had written about Gandhi going to hell,Bell’s response was,

Gandhi’s in hell?

He is?

We have confirmation of this?

Somebody knows this?

Without a doubt?

This assertion seems to negate the teachings of Jesus in John 14:6, which says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Bell emphasizes God’s love throughout the book, claiming that his love will win over everyone. “No one can resist God’s pursuit forever because God’s love will eventually melt even the hardest hearts.”

Love Wins is a departure from traditional evangelical teachings. However, I would recommend that you do not disregard it altogether until you read it for yourself.

If you want to read a thorough review of Bell’s book, read Kevin Deyoung’s blog article.

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