I’ve just finished Rob Bell’s book, “Love Wins”. I personally think that it’s really good. He asks a lot of sincere questions and then trys in some ways to provide sensible but loving answers that are not written in stone. His answers are really opened ended questions that says “I don’t know that I have the answers but I know what I don’t believe.”
He doesn’t believe in the traditional hell although he says that hell can be right here on earth. He doesn’t appear to believe in an eternal hell. He also appears to believe in eventual salvation for all people for all time. I’m paraphrasing his beliefs(concepts) because he did not really say it so pointedly in the book. I think that is because he is smart enough and wise enough to let YOU, his intelligent audience draw their own conclusions. He trusts you to hear what you can hear. Sounds a lot like Teacher(though Rob would be the first to say “I’m just a man”). It’s difficult and courageous to bring up such urgent and controversial questions. He has some other opinions also that challenge us to think or rethink our prior positions of God, Love, Heaven & Hell.
Apparently there is a need for this open-ended discussion and inquiry. He has a huge audience and a huge following. While he disowns some prior beliefs and out dated ideas he also makes it clear that living a loving, productive, and ethical life are very important. He doesn’t pander to his audience and he will say things he feels are true whether it’s believed by them or not. While he is suffering criticism for these ideas of Hell and Eternal Salvation it appears that again the central Message of Love is being missed by many. He’s forging a path that’s meaningful for him and in so doing trying to share that with others. What more could we ask of a good Child of God?
A very good book!!! 9 stars out of 10, *********