I had my own thought which I wanted to throw out there. Rob Bell is quoted in his book as saying when talking about Jesus death on the cross, "Those are powerful metaphors. But we don’t live any longer in a culture in which people offer animal sacrifices to the gods. People did live that way for thousands of years, and there are pockets of primitive cultures around the world that do continue to understand sin, guilt, and atonement in those ways, but most of us don’t. What the first Christians did was look around them and put the Jesus story in language their listeners would understand.”
This reminds me of a certain passage in scripture: 1 Corithians 1:23: "but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles."
When we change the gospel message so it is no longer foolishness to our contemporary world, we have just destroyed the gospel which God has said would be seemingly foolish. We should not try to tone down what is unpalatable, but we should boldly proclaim it.
Rob Bell's Original Promotional video for his new book, "Love Wins."
Here is an Interview with Rob Bell by Martin Bashir from MSNBC. Rob Bell, I think is caught off guard by some pretty tough criticisms.
An interview with Martin Bashir about his interview with Rob Bell by Denny Burk.
Todd Friel from Wretched Radio makes some great observations in his video concerning the dangers of Rob Bell's potential Universalism views.