So Francis Chan has decided to throw in his two penneth on the whole theology debate on Hell.
I’m unsure of whether this is a direct response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins but if it is, then I believe that it is one of the most Godly and respectable responses that I have seen…
He’s recently done a video which is advertising his new book,
Erasing Hell. From what I can gather from the title, I suspect that he will argue for a more traditional outlook on the doctrine of hell, without, as he states in the video, “reading too much into the Bible”.
I haven’t read Rob Bell’s book, but I think I may read it after reading this one by Francis Chan. The whole debate on this issue hasn’t really appealed to me. But I think it is time that I have a sit down and read these two books now that the popularity of the subject has subsided a little.
As Christians, we need to engage with these serious matters and these complicated theologies; the doctrine of hell is complicated, no matter what anyone else says. As Chan says, we’re dealing with real people here.
Anyway – watch the video and tell me what you think. I’d be interested to know the opinions and views of you all . If you’ve read Rob Bell’s book, please get in touch via comment. I’d be interested to know your conclusions.
Just a disclaimer- the video is nearly 10 minutes long, probably the longest commercial for a Christian book that I’ve ever watched! But nonetheless, Chan gives a great message with blinding humility.
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Thanks for posting the video. I haven’t really got in to the hell debate yet. It’s come up over the years and I’ve decided the only theology I’m concerned about is theology that affects how I live today.
This debate can really affect how many people live. I’ve been given the argument that “eonios” is the word we get eon from, which is a time or season not forever. Ergo, hell is only for a season.
Problem is, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are all described with the same word “eonios” that is translated “eternal”.
So if hell is only around for a while, so is God.
I haven’t seen Steve Bell’s reasoning. I guess I should pick up a copy.
Thanks for commenting, Revtrev! It is something we can’t hide from. Interesting about the origins of ‘eon’… though there are many ‘word arguments’ for hell… did an essay on it this year. Very tedious!
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