Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rob Bell--Love Wins ch. 1- initial impression

Just finished reading chapter 1. For now I will just say this, Bell asks several questions about heaven hell and assurance of salvation and makes it look as if Scripture is fuzzy concerning these things. Just because some who have said they are Christians don't act like Christians and often are not Christians does not mean that the Gospel needs to be altered.

The truth is if each of the examples given from scripture are looked at in the light of the context of the passages as well as the context of the Bible as a whole, the answers are very straightforward.

Since that doesn't seem compelling to a world that doesn't want absolute truth, Bell offers murky options.

That is not what Christ offers:

John 14:6. "I am the way the truth and life, no man comes to the Father but by me"

I will refute Bells murky picture with the clarity of Biblical truth next post.

Bell makes a few good points in the chapter, but most of it is utter nonsense.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Notes on "Love Wins" by Rob Bell


Well, I am not sure I want to, but I need to read and respond to Rob Bell's book Love Wins.  

Here are my thoughts from just reading the preface so far:

Bell believe's that he is rescuing Christianity from a narrow message that is turning off millions of people from considering it.  

He says that one of the "hijacked stories" from what is the real story is that "A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better."

I would say, Rob, if that is a "hijacked" version of Christianity, then why does it come from Christ Himself?

Matthew 7:13 (NASB95)

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

Also. once again Rob Bell takes a "Pirates of the Caribbean" approach to the scripture and acts like they "are more guidelines" than anything.  

He acts as if the biblical heroes of the faith felt justified in questioning God's word.  He says that people who have a narrow view are subverting the faith.  Well, speaking of subverting--think about what He has done to Christ's actual statement above.

I'm not looking forward to this...

Jn. 17:17; Rom. 10:17

Christ wins and those who trust Him in truth!

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