Friday, August 12, 2011

Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die by Bobby Conway

Bobby Conway has done something that is a first for me to come across.

In this heavy debate over Rob Bell's book, Conway has kept his disagreements civil. I could hardly believe there were other Christians out there who could disagree without demonizing Bell. (*see Franklin Graham calling Bell a False Teacher)

Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die takes Bell's Love Wins to task. Conway goes out of his way to explain that he believes Bell to be a fantastic person and is obvious a follower of Christ (just look at what he preaches on: the resurrection of Christ, the fact that Jesus is the only way to God, etc...)

He then begins the dissection of what he believes to be the problems with Bell's views on hell and our eternal destination. He begins with:

The Fuss about Loves Wins
Who Deserves Hell
Hell's Architect
Bell's Hell
Why "Good People" Go To Hell
A Name for It
Where Bell Went Wrong
What Happens When You Die?
A Life-or-Death Choice
Jesus Wins!

As I said, this is a very civil critique on the book and Bell's views. I enjoyed his comments as they were full of Scriptural support and based on how the Church historically viewed hell and eternity.

One of the issues I had was over the interpretation of "eternity". Bell explains that eternity does not mean something measurable by time and Conway doesn't step on that too much. Supposedly there are multiple definitions for the word "eternity".

Bell has opened a can with this hell stuff. (How many "response" books have been written already?)

However, is it ultimately what you believe about hell that should be so important to your faith?

Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing

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