Rob Bell’s Book – Love Wins: My Thoughts
March 16, 2011 14 Comments
There’s a lot of controversy going around about Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins”. The stirring up debate of whether Hell really exists and will people go there. I’ll admit up front I have not read the book yet. I think I want to so that I can intellectually debate it’s information. I’m not one for discussing issues blindly.
I have heard quite a bit of information from both sides of the debate, those who support Bell and those who don’t. I’ve also read through twitter how people are twisting some of the things he said and how they are giving their own reviews. Some folks have been able to read it early with the promise of not saying anything about it till yesterday.
I grew up in a church that believes the traditional beliefs of Heaven and Hell. They exist. They are biblical. And everyone will go to one or the other. I’m not a theologian nor am I a bible student to the point of getting a degree in seminary. I can’t read Greek and Hebrew and can hardly spell half of those theological words correctly.
What I do know is that Christ said Himself that He is the way, the truth, and the life and no can come to the Father but through Him. If we are not with the Father then where are we?
Secondly in Corinthians 3:4-9 Paul was rebuking the church for saying they follow a certain teacher. Are these not mere humans? It goes on to say Paul plants, Apollos waters, but God brings the growth.
If that were written today it would say something like John Piper plants, Rob Bell waters but God brings the growth. I understand that we listen and learn from “Christian greats” but God is greatest and in whom I’m going to follow. For without God, there is no growth, without God we can do nothing. Who is Rob Bell? Who is John Piper? Who is Mark Driscoll? Who is Andy Stanley? Who is Rick Warren? Who are all the other famous preachers we put on a pedestal?
Just like me. They follow the same Christ I follow. They worship God. I worship God. They have an eternal inheritance like I do. They have the same Holy Spirit that I do. They put their pants on one leg at a time like I do. They have received the same grace I have and in the same amount.
Who are they? Who am I?
A created being loved by the creator.
Who will I follow? Christ! Like they should be doing.
Love doesn’t win! God does! Remember love is not God. God is love. He’s also just, righteous, holy, gracious, merciful, mighty, and many more things that can’t come close to describe His richness.
I may be simple-minded and unable to understand the intricacies of God. But what I do know is He said come to me like a child. He provides the growth. In Him and through Him I find my maturity in faith.
Not through Bell, Piper, Driscoll or any other!
God wins. The last time I checked in Revelation it wasn’t love that put Satan and the false prophet in the lake of fire. Only God is that powerful!
(When I read the book, I’ll let you know if my thoughts have changed)