Actually, the book was Love Wins, by Rob Bell. But after the trailer for the book came out, people said he was a heretic, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and an anti-christ.
So, shortly before Easter, I read it. I wanted answers. The idea that everyone in the world not fortunate enough to have heard the gospel and be able to believe it is going to hell (and that this is an indicator of God’s goodness and justice), was becoming hard to swallow. Add on to this, many Christians believe that people have to have heard a specific telling, with some elements, like sin nature, being more prominent than others, like heaven, or the conversion can’t be real, so many people might only *think* they believe. This further limits the number of people who aren’t going to be tortured in a lake of fire for all eternity. Also, how could I be sure I was one of the fortunate few, and not one of the unfortunate who only *thought* they were following Jesus? and even if I were, what about the rest of the world?
So I read Rob Bell’s book.
He definitely seems to be an inclusivist.
Which makes him an evil, satanic, heretic?
Have the people so mad about this actually read the book? I was expecting, from all the anger, to see him deny Christ ever resurrected, or to deny hell in a way that meant there was no justice, neither of which he does.
I think it’s strange for people to preach a god of amazing, shocking grace and love, and then throw metaphorical stones when someone suggests that god is much more full of grace and love than they think.
Why is hell and eternal torture for people who aren’t Christians – ‘true’ Christians – such a vital doctrine to (most) evangelicals?