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Hell’s Bell April 21, 2011



Below are some quotes from the really good article in Time Magazine:
What If There’s No Hell?”
The article is by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham.

Check out the quotes, or better yet
read the entire article. CLICK HERE.

Or, go out and buy the magazine. It includes a pictorial “History of Hell.”

OK. Some quotes:
(There are some additional links to related articles after the quotes.)

From the apostle Paul to John Paul II, from Augustine to Calvin, Christians have debated atonement and judgement for nearly 2,000 years.

What many believers in the 21st century accept as immutable doctrine was first formulated in the fog and confusion of the 1st century.

Bell insists he is only raising the possiblilty that theological rigidity – and thus a faith of exclusion – is a dangerous thing.

The dominant view of the righteous in heaven and the damned in hell owes more to the artistic legacy of the West, from Michelangelo to Dante to Blake, than it does to history or to unambiquous biblical teaching.

[Bell is] trying to reach a generation that’s more comfortable with myster, with unsolved questions.

Taken to their logical conclusions, such questions could undermine much of conservative Christianity.  [So?]

Read the entire article. CLICK HERE.

[“Love Wins”] has ignited a new holy war in Christian circles and beyond.

[Concerning a Florida pastor’s burning of the Koran, “which led to the deaths of
innocent U.N. workers in Afghanistan”]  We don’t burn other people’s books.  I think Jesus is fairly pissed off about it as well.

Bell’s creed of conviction and doubt – and his comfort with ambiquity and paradox – comes from an upbringing in which he was immersed in faith but encouraged to ask questions.

Like the Bible – a document that often contradicts itself and from which one can construct sharply different arguments – theology is the product of human hands and hearts.

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AND you’ll want to read the very interesting and
informative book, “Love Wins,” by Rob Bell.
CLICK HERE  for a review.

Also read “London, New York, LA and Hell.”

“A Heretic’s Guide To Eternity”

The Last Word and the Word After That

“Rejecting Religion – Embracing Grace”  (Hey!  I’m mentioned in this book!)

“A New Kind of Christianity”

“What Does The Bible Really Say About Hell?”

These and other books: Click Here.

 

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