It is a play on words. I’ll explain.
HarperCollins’s description of his next book, Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
Fans flock to his Facebook page, his NOOMA videos have been viewed by millions, and his Sunday sermons are attended by 10,000 parishioners—with a downloadable podcast reaching 50,000 more. An electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” Rob Bell is the most vibrant, central religious leader of the millennial generation. Now, in Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing that a loving God would never sentence human souls to eternal suffering. With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly optimistic—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.
5) If Bell is teaching that hell is empty and that you can reject Jesus and still be saved, he is opposing the gospel and the biblical teaching of Jesus Christ. You may think that’s judgmental; I think it’s being faithful.
True. However, universalism doesn’t have to be about harrowing hell, but realizing God’s transformative power and walking in humble understanding that we aren’t God. Historic Christian universalism still includes hell. Hell must exist for Justice to exist and Justice exists because God is Holy, and because of that reasoning, I cannot completely agree with Kevin’s assessment of why we need hell. For him, it seems that hell is more about motivation rather than showing God’s love. Yes, even in hell God’s love is shown.
While it is reasonable to expect from Rob Bell some, um, stuff, I still think we should wait and see what his book says…
See Tony Jones‘, Matthew‘s, Rachel Held Evans‘, JasonS‘s, Jason Boyett‘s, Mark Steven’s, Steve‘s, Marc‘s, Trevin‘s, Danny‘s, Bob‘s, Brian‘s, T.C‘s Jim‘s, Amanda‘s, Kurt‘s, Craig‘s, Carson Clark‘s, Christian’s post and Rodney‘s. (Live Blog from Christianity Today)
For someone who has actually read the book, see this post.