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Mike May 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

If God’s love comes to us always and Jesus suffered for our sin, why is the judgement not of good and evil as Rob Bell says ? I believe God’s plan and pray for the lost, but won’t waste time on swine, other than to ask God to help us all to be saved. I can only seek God’s word to be spread by doing my part and witness the truth.

Jack Wellman May 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Thank you so much for your comment Mike. I am so glad that you do your part in witnessing to the truth for others. I was going door to door yesterday and saw so many without hope at all and prayed the Holy Spirit would bring them the knowledge of Who Jesus is so that they might have hope. I wish there were more laborers in the harvest for the fields are ripe and ready but few are willing to go into the labor of love. I thank God that YOU are my friend.

We were all a lost cause until the Holy Spirit revealed to us who God is and who we are (a sinner). I know that God placed His wrath on Jesus to forgive our sins and took His wrath out on Him in our stead. It would be hard to judge a thing (i.e., good and evil, which is a non-being) when God’s holiness demands an atonement and a propitiation. That truly is love, far and above any thing known to humans.

Sam May 19, 2011 at 6:56 am

I was raised in a “southern baptist” home. My father was a pastor. Therefore, many of the western church doctrines/beliefs were passed down to me. At a certain point in my adult life, I began to question these beliefs. Could this exclusive religious group really have all the answers to an age old story??? I began to study the history of the Jewish culture during the time of Christ. Consequently, I began to interpret scripture differently as I gained knowledge on the culture of this time period…Our 21st century minds are so different. I believe that Rob Bell’s historical reference of the word “Gehenna” use by Jesus is very accurate (town dump/a fire was burning at all times/place of disgust/disease). This was brilliant and very descriptive language that people of that time period would have found very real and relevant. It seems that we tend to take a lot of the metaphorical language of the Bible so literally…we miss the authenticity of the message at times…

Jack Wellman May 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Sam, thank you so much for your comment. I was actually raised Catholic but became a Southern Baptist due to its strict adherence to biblical doctrine. Yes, Rob Bell’s descriptive language is very fine but the Bible is absolutely clear that the final judgment of unbelievers will be nothing as “nice” as he describes. Jesus’ Book of Revelation (it is not John’s Revelation, but the Revelation of Jesus Christ) is says in Rev 20:14,15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Only those who accept Jesus will escape such a judgment and it will be anything but “brilliant”.

Josh Kobza June 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

It seems that you have not even read the book because Bell never states that hell is empty or that people will just cease to exist. He states in his book and countless interviews/debates that people activley choose hell everyday and will continue to after judgement. Also to say that Revelations is a literal meaning of the apocolypse to me ignores the fact that much of the Old Testament and New Testament is written very symbollically, and even some of the strictest literallists have a hard time arguing that Revalations is a literal prophecy of the end times. Although I do not agree with everything in Love Wins I believe Rob Bell raises many questions that must be rethought by Christians today.
How is it just for God to create people with the knowledge that even one of them will suffer for eternity with no chance for redemption EVER.

Jack Wellman June 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Great to have you comment my friend. Thank you so much. As for me, who am I and in fact, who are humans to question God. How can we say “How is God just….”. No one that believes in Jesus Christ will be lost. God doesn’t send anyone to hell…they make their own decisions. They are free moral agents. Duet. 30:19 says “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” God desires no one to perish….He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked . “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his way and live? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore, turn yourselves, and live ye.”–Ezek. 18:23, 32.

Jesus spoke of hell and it was not symbolic or metaphoric…it is a real place. God’s greatest attribute is not His mercy, or love, or grace…but His holiness. God is not unjust. We can choose eternal life but whoever chooses NOT to believe in Jesus Christ chooses death and punishment but it is not against their own free will (John 3:18) but anyone can freely choose to believe and have eternal life (John 3:16) because Jesus (Who is also God) did not come to intentionally condemn but to save (John 3:17)…so anyone that goes to hell is sent their by their own free will choice in rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

And talk about unjust….why Jesus took our punishment Who did nothing wrong, was completely innocent & holy to have us not be punished eternally…who deserved judgment. Now if anything is not fair, it was Jesus Who was treated unfairly. Rob Bell may have some things right but if you mix truth with error, it is all useless. One drop of poison in a glass of water renders it deadly.

Job once questioned God’s being just. “Who contends
with the Almighty and who rebukes God to answer these questions. Overwhelmed, Job admits his unworthiness and inability to answer. He admits he has spoken before, but will do so no more” (38:1-40:5).

The Lord is not through with Job, however. A second discourse begins with another challenge for Job to answer God’s questions. Job is asked whether he truly thinks he can annul God’s judgment, or condemn Him so that he can be justified (cf. Elihu’s charges, 32:2; 33:8-13). If Job can thunder with a voice like God’s, adorn himself with majesty,splendor, glory and beauty, bring the proud down low, then God would confess that Job could save himself. To once more illustrate the power and wisdom of God, Job is asked to consider two great creatures, the behemoth and Leviathan. If man is fearful before them, how then could one stand against God (40:6-41:34)?

Mike November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I have had a “Hell” on earth short life. I’ve had preachers try to scare me to Jesus with “Hell” before recieving the Lord and it didn’t work. I feared nothing and still do not. I recieved Christ by seeing a man and his family being happy together. Something i thought i would never achieve. He then shared the love of GOD with me and while walking home i asked Jesus in my heart. I believe we do not know who is in heaven or not. I believe we have such a great GOD that with your last dying breath, even thought, HE could forgive you. So i refuse to judge and instead think everyone is in heaven. HE is the righteous judge not me. I believe the sacrifice of Jesus is greatest thing and should not be held short. “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways” saith the Lord

Jack November 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Thank you Mike. I agree. Jesus sacrifice is the greatest thing that has ever happened in the history of humanity or the universe. I am not judging Rob Bell, I am judging his teachings that say that there can not be a hell. He says “Love Wins” but really, truth wins. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and we should speak the truth as He taught it in His Holy Word, the Bible. I was not trying to scare anyone into believing. The Holy Spirit convicts the person of sin and the Father draws them to Jesus. But the Good News can not be presented fairly without telling lost sinners about the bad news…that of dying without Jesus Christ. That means eternal separation from God. Thank you sir for your contribution. I am glad you know Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Praise God.

Rick August 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

Is Rob bell a universalist?
I do not believe hell to be a place of everlasting torment-

and -http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=amazing%20facts%20hell&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CEwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazingfacts.org%2Ffree-stuff%2Fbible-studies%2Fstudy-guides%2Fctl%2Fviewmedia%2Fmid%2F453%2Fiid%2F2-11%2Flng%2Fen%2Fsc%2Fr.aspx&ei=EGAiUJCDDMaSiAffr4GoBQ&usg=AFQjCNHXLcXR6EZ1gCGULOdGPtqno-QCww

I believe people will suffer in hell fire according to the amount of sins they committed(which will be a loooooooong while) and will then go to dust.
Does this make me like him?

Kathy July 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Outstanding article!! Thank you and I pray for Mr. Bell as well

Jack Wellman July 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Thank you Kathy. I agree with what you said…prayer is a must. Why people think hell is only temporary or annhilation is besides me….because the same word that is used for life as eternal life is the same for eternal damnation and so if Mr. Bell thinks its only temporary then so would be our life with Christ in heaven. Make sense?

Eric September 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

Jack, what do you mean by hell? Hell after death or hell of the day of judgement, I’m confused, sorry for asking so many questions!

Jack Wellman September 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

Thanks Eric. When a person dies outside of the faith, they are immediately in a state of judgment awaiting the Great White Throne Judgment in Rev 20:11-15 and we know that the rich man and Lazarus shows us (Luke 16 I believe) even before they are cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20) they are in torment the moment after they die without Christ. its a hard subject but it is not my opinion but based upon what the Bible says Eric. Thank you friend.

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