Mars Hill Bible Church Pastor, Rob Bell's recent book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. Apparently he is suggesting that Hell is not real. Here are some highlights from article with my own comments.
Bell, a tall, 40-year-old son of a Michigan federal judge, begs to differ. He suggests that the redemptive work of Jesus may be universal [Universal, like Catholic? It is moments like this that I am glad to be Catholic. A quick glance of Lumen Gentium §15-16 reveals who has the fullness of the truth and an 'easier' access to salvation. The list goes as follows: Catholics, Christians who are not part of the Catholic faith, Those who have not received the Gospel but are still related to God's people (Jews), Those who worship and acknowledge the creator (Islam), Those who seek God in the unknown (Deist and Theist), Those who, by no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel or God but seek God in a sincere manner by doing good (the bushman), Those who exchanged the truth for the lie and worship the creation and not the creator, those who live without God.]
If, in other words, Gandhi is in heaven, then why bother with accepting Christ? [Because as Christianity is a Religion not based on feeling, emotions, pop icons, or good ideas. Christianity is a religion of truth. It is the expectation that every Christian is spreading the truth to all people. To do other wise might be a sin of omission.]
Still, the dominant view of the righteous in heaven and the damned in hell owes more to the artistic legacy of the West, from Michelangelo to Dante to Blake, than it does to history or to unambiguous biblical teaching. [Really? I thought it was the Bible and the fact that over 70 times Jesus talks about Hell and eternal suffering. Jesus speaks more of hell than Heaven. If we go on numbers alone Hell is more real than Heaven.]
many had expected their Messiah to be a Davidic military leader, not an atoning human sacrifice.[They were also waiting for a New Adam, a New Moses, a New David, a New Solomon, and a New Temple. But the atoning sacrifice is exactly what was expected because the sin against all of Israel was the sin of a broken covenant and the penalty for those who broke the covenant was death. People really need to go read the Bible]
If Bell is right about hell, then why do people need ecclesiastical traditions at all? [Talk about a huge leap in logic. It isn't the traditions that people need but the Church established by Christ Himself.]
Fair enough, but let's be honest: religion heals, but it also kills. [I thought it was people that kill.]