Rob Bell & Chad Holtz,
Thanks for having the courage to call it as you see it. Because of your simple words you have managed to give many, many people a new sense of Hope, a new way of Faith, a new look at an old Understanding. I understand that the old version of Hell is obsolete. We no longer need to scare people to God. They thirst for God on their own. The people want to know.
The people know that an old God of eternal damnation doesn’t exist. The real God does believe in Resurrection, He believes on Our Resurrection. He also believes in Love, Fairness, Justice. God could no more cast us aside then I could disown my own children. My children will always be redeemable in my eyes. We will always be redeemable in God’s eyes.
Thanks for NOT saying “God is like this…, Hell is like that…., Heaven is like this…!” It’s hard to understand for some people but what you did was to not replace one illusion with another. You don’t know and neither do I. We should let God show us what heaven is like. I want “certainty” also, like many people do, but I’m not prepared to CREATE NEW THEOLOGY. Instead let us, all of us, embark on a new course of Spiritual Reality.
Thank you for making clear that we must still be accountable. We must still do good. The old Hell is gone but somehow we believe that God will give an Equitable Justice, a Fair Assessment, an Earnest Accountability. We WILL pay back what we owe and redeem our indiscretions. When those lessons come they will be cloaked in Love and should be accepted by each of us with Love.
Chad Holtz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4S9yj0hMRo
Redemption can be found in hell itself if that’s where you happen to be.