Sunday, March 20, 2011

There are many criticisms of Rob Bell's new book, "Love Wins."  One of the major ones is that it endorses Univseralism:  That everybody will be saved in the end and that nobody will go to Hell.  Many of these criticisms you will find below in the links I have provided.

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.


Anders Branderud said...

Hello Jason!

I would like to comment about salvation.

[To differentiate,] Did you know that the historical Jewish Mashiakh called Y’hoshua, from Nazareth, was a Torah-observant Jew and so was his followers called the Netzarim?

This is what the Mashiakh – Messiah – must have taught about ‘salvation’ - if he was a legitimate prophet according to D’varim [Deuteronomy] 13:1-6:

As stipulated in Devarim ["Deuteronomy"] 6:4-9,11:13-21 one is required to keep all of the directives of Torâh′ to one’s utmost—viz., “with all one’s heart, psyche and might [lit. "very"]“—”for the purpose of extending your days and the days of your children… like the days of the heavens above the earth” (i.e., eternal life). According to the Tan’’kh -Yekhezeqeil ["Ezekiel"] chapter 18 – the Creator confer His atonement in His loving kindness to those and only those turning away from their Torah-transgressions and (re)turning to non-selectively Torah-observance including mishpat. Everyone has transgressed the Torah and its possible to obtain forgiveness from the Creator in His loving kindness when living in the above way. The Creator has promised this in His Bible – which is in Hebrew – and He doesn’t lie.

Thus, the way of ‘salvation’ in NT contradicts Torah and what the Mashiakh taught. Thus, it will not lead to eternal life. It is only an emotional filled experience that doesn’t describe a real encounter with the Creator. I am a former Christian and understand that after having studied Torah in Hebrew according to etymology.

I find this information very essential to know and wanted to help you out by sharing it.

Doing your utmost to follow the directives of Torah will lead you into an immensely meaningful relationsship with the Creator. I have been doing this for more than four years and it has led me into a great relationsship with the Creator.

Anders Branderud

Will Burke said...

Wow; I knew that it had been awhile since I'd been by, but I didn'y know that it had been THAT long. I'm looking forward to checking this book out. After all, if Believers hadn't kept an open mind regarding interpretations, there would be no Christianity.

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