Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Rob Bell and his new book, "Love Wins"
First things first, the book isn't due to be released until March 29, 2011. So much is being made of something that few have actually read for themselves.
Second. Who is Rob Bell? Here is a link that may help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Bell
Anyone who has read this blog in the past knows that I believe we cannot enter into discussion, let alone have a debate about any idea until we have a working and understandable definition of the terms. We must all be on the same page. So, we will try to cut through some of the emotionally-charged ideas and rhetoric floating around.
Because ultimately, we will have to decide for ourselves what we believe and what we think is right or wrong.
As this story unfolds, we (you, the readers, as well as myself) will all have more to add.
What is Pastor Bell talking about? Well, here are a few terms that we need to start thinking about, and looking for definitions to...
Universalism, Ultimate Reconciliation, Inclusivism, Modern Western Exclusivism, Annihilationism,
Conditional Immortality, Eternal Conscious Torture, Final Judgment, Eternal Judgment.
I know I have quoted this before, but I think the Apostle Paul gives us the best advice for this, "test everything."
"Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:20-22)