When was the last time you felt truly loved. We were created to desire this mysterious emotion but no one knows how to give or receive it perfectly.
Of Grief and Grace
In the days when the judges ruled in Israel… a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. Maybe it was the lack of faith He saw in those mourning Lazarus' death. Or
In 2011 Rob Bell’s book Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived hit bookstores and sparked a veritable firestorm (pun intended) of both criticism and support. Fallout came from every corner as Bell hit road on a book tour. Other books were written to counter the points brought up by Bell.  Albert Mohler wrote several articles for the Christian Post to answer Bell’s position. In truth, my Master thesis originated from what I was reading about that book. It was only when I read the book that I realized how needed that thesis was. Allow me to expand on what I see in Bell’s book. Rob Bell is quintessentially postmodern and this is on display from page one of his book. He asks specious question after specious question in the open pages which reflect his postmodern worldview that just so happens to have a Christian influence. As is suggested in the subtitle, it is also a book about heaven. In postmodern fashion, Bell asserts there are “other ways” (note the plural) to think of heaven (26). He then attempts to explain the term aion (Greek for “age”) but is misleading in his explanation because his colloquial usage of the English word... For example, he talks about someone being “gone for ages” or “gone forever,” colloquial statements in English, and says that’s what the 1 century writers meant (31-32). This kind of conflation of terms and language is grossly misleading and... Bell’s inability to exegete his way out of a wet paper bag is on full display when he takes a literal interpretation for highly figurative prophetic language. This leads to his “renewed earth” belief (34-37). Then he takes the simile language of Paul and interprets it literally (49). He reads modern meaning into the language of antiquity (57-58). One is left to wonder if he takes Jesus’ sayings on hell... That is, until you read what he says about gehenna (68). you begin to realize Bell constantly conflates metaphors with the literal. He actually allegorizes the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (75). Basic hermeneutics says a parable is not an allegory. Chapter three of the book is the actual chapter on hell. Or at least it is his rendition of a Bible study of sorts on the texts about hell. He grossly downplays the number of references to hell and follows it up with “that’s it” (69). Further, he fails to mention the dozens of other allusions to the final fate of the wicked elsewhere in the New Testament. He then executes an exegetical hack job by butcher the text of Scripture concerning Sodom and Gomorrah which are figures couched in prophetic language to stand for Israel and Judah (83-84). They are not intended to be the literal cities which is... As mentioned, Bell downplays the number of Biblical references found in the pages of Scripture concerning hell. However, when it is obviously a point he is passionate about and really wants to support his theology, Bell has no problem quoting lots of Scripture. Case in point, as he is laying down the foundations of his conditional universalist perspective he quotes several passages in rapid succession to prove God restores because God loves. He even says “that’s a lot of Bible verses” (87). The problem is Bell is performing eisogesis, forcing meaning into the passages that simply is not there. In what turns out to be a most grievous error and still another proof to show Rob Bell does not know whereof he speaks, right in the middle of a discussion about “eternal punishment” he writes, “But ‘forever’ is not really a category the Biblical... No doubt one can see where Bell is heading. That is, context (and other factors) dictate translation and meaning of words. Just because a majority of passages dictate (by context) that a word means something does not mean that in any given passage it has that same meaning. Again, this is yet another basic rule of hermeneutics Bell has apparently thrown in his quest to redefine hell. Context, though, is apparently not something that Bell is concerned about. He is constantly ripping verses from their given context, playing fast and loose with the text, to argue his points rather than allowing.
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