Rob’s Premise And Quandary
“What About The Flat Tire?”
In his latest book, Love Wins, Rob Bell again shows that he neither slavishly follows the curriculum nor fears testing convention. The book represents his biggest push against the envelope so far and in it he challenges some of our most sacrosanct beliefs about heaven and hell.
One question that permeates the discourse is: what does it really mean to say “God is Love” and how can we balance His love with the idea of eternal, everlasting, never ending wrath? Rob says, “What is God like?” is the recurring question throughout the book. (p. 182)
He gives us a broad sweeping statement of his focus on the cover:
A book about heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived.
And in the book he asks many searching questions implying ideas that fly in the face of common understandings. But, he codifies none of them.
What makes his approach unusual is even though he clearly challenges our accepted beliefs he makes no statement of faith nor does he provide a systematized list of doctrines: do’s and don’t’s, spiritual how-to’s or salvation formulas .
In that regard he definitely changes the rules. [Read more…]