In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?
Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.
With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.
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I am inclined to believe that either some of these negative reviews are from people who didn't actually read/listen to the book, didn't understand it, or don't understand Rob Bell. Bell isn't presenting his ideas so much as doctrine, as presenting an opportunity to challenge yourself to think. You don't have to agree with him, but to cast judgement because he has a difference of opinion makes me very happy that God and God alone judges...and not all of these broken people.
Before anyone labels Rob a heretic, please keep in mind that the original definition of heresy is "anyone who disagrees with the theological view of the Roman Catholic Church." Which means all Protestant denominations were founded on heresy.
Bell presents a solid case for his point and backs it up with a ton of scripture.
Of course people will hate this book. That is because some people don't want Truth, they just want to be right.
I personally didn't hear any new theology presented in this book. Rob basically put everything in my head into words. Which leads me to believe that maybe this book isn't any less "inspired" than some writings by this one dude named Paul.
Rob Bell is a great writer and speaker, with a great sense of humor. But he is no longer a biblical Christian and he should cease calling himself a Christian pastor or minister. He is now a Universalist using the guise of Christianity by cherry-picking scripture, taking them out of context and otherwise going against orthodox Christian teachings - teachings in place since the time of Christ. Another Christian leader has fallen, one who will sadly take many people with him. I am so sad for him, his church congregation and non-Christians who he will lead astray. I wanted to know for myself what was in the book and I found out that my worst fears were realized. This is a well written book that is very easy to listen to, that will break a traditional Christian's heart.