Around the web March – Hell is Really Hot!

The subject of hell has hit the headlines this week because of the coming release of
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell
Here is his promotional video:

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In Christianity Today www.christianitytoday.com/ct/article_print.html?id=91120

New York Times www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/us/05bell.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Rob%20Bell&st=cse . I quote:

“Much of the book is a sometimes obscure discussion of the meaning of heaven and hell that tears away at the standard ideas. In his version, heaven is something that begins here on earth, in a life of goodness, and hell seems more a condition than an eternal fate — “the very real consequences we experience when we reject all the good and true and beautiful life that God has for us.”

While sliding close to what critics consider the heresy of “universalism” — that all humans will eventually be saved — he never uses the term”

I’m not sure if Rob is going to come down on the side of annihiliationism or universalism or any particular “side”. I’ll have to read the book. Someone who has wrote: www.gregboyd.org/blog/rob-bell-is-not-a-universalist-and-i-actually-read-love-wins/

“..given Rob’s poetic/artistic/non-dogmatic style, Love Wins cannot be easily filed into pre-established theological categories (viz. “universalism” vs “eternal conscious suffering” vs. “annihilationism,” etc.). I am certain some readers — especially those who position themselves as the final arbiters and guardians of evangelical truth — will try to do this (obviously, they already have!).  And, having read Rob’s book, I can almost guarantee you that they will find isolated quotes to justify their labels. As I interpret Rob’s work, however, it would be misguided and unfair to apply any of these labels to him..”

I think it is great that the topic is being brought into the open and people are discussing hell again. It’s time really thought about what they believe on this topic, whether it fits with what the Bible says and whether it fits with the God they know.

Rob Bell will be speaking live http://lovewins.eventbrite.com/ Monday, March 14, 2011 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (ET) You can also participate live online. Use your Facebook account to join this provocative conversation by going to www.livestream.com/lovewins and login using Facebook Connect. {If I have my calculations correct that is 1pm Sunday March 13th?-ed}

Thank you to Edward Fudge for letting us know about the flurry of activity in the blogosphere and the media. Please see many resources on subject at his website

http://www.EdwardFudge.com/written/fire.html

as well as our own:

http://www.afterlife.co.nz/?s=annihilation

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