Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 257: Heaven Yes, Hell No

"Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork."~Ulysses Everett McGill.

So...the title of this blog, do you remember the corny bumper sticker from the 90's? I always thought this was a horribly corny saying. Today however Hell has gotten to be quite a topic of discussion given books and the resurgence of the term "UNIVERSALISM."

I have been quite vocal as well regarding my excitement to read, Rob Bell's book because I am a fan of his other writings. Some have even questioned what I believe to be true regarding hell so here it is kids....ready? I do believe there is a hell. Okay...there I said it.

The reason people get the impression that I side with universalism and other theologies is that I am always open for good discussion. I think it is horrible how many Christians assume things before they read a blog, book, etc. They just wait to hear from the loudest person and go with it. Nothing offends me when it comes to discussion. I know where I stand on issues and am not easily swayed (surprisingly to some). I just choose not to be an opinionated jerk Christian and would rather hear people out. I would rather let people state their case/opinion and since it is there opinion I just say "interesting" and move on having learned a few things.

So there.

3 comments:

  1. Interesting to note that Rob Bell believes in Hell too... but he's a heretic and going down the slippery slope. (THEY say) As someone who has been on the other end of the "Love Talk"... "Yeah we want to talk about God's love and amazing Grace, God is love... BUT"... let me tell you that it hurts to feel like you're some kind of heretic because you are really finding agreement with teachers that they are NOT. Discussion and good healthy debate is one thing but indicating that someone is listening to a dangerous teacher (ie THEY will fall off the slippery slope as well) is totally another. Is THAT love???

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  2. I am a firm believer that we all need to "work out our OWN salvation with fear and trembling". I have never taken the word of any mortal man and taken at face value what they say and or believe but rely 100% on the Holy Spirit to teach me through the reading of God's word. Too many people blindly follow preachers and take their every word as the end of discussions but I like you enjoy discussions that challenge me to dig into the Word and ask the Holy Spirit to teach me what I need to know.

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  3. Bob, I wrote a review about his book from the perspective in the ministry we have. I would love your thoughts on it. (especially if you've read the book by now)http://soullibertyfaith.com/?p=775

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