First, welcome to this humble blog. I am new to the blogosphere, with my only experience in blogging being Myspace (no longer using that format) and Facebook Notes. This is my first attempt at a REAL blog, so be patient with my mistakes or shortcomings.
My first concern is to give God glory. Unfortunately, this often entails first clearing away misconceptions about God. In order to understand Who God is and what God does, we must also understand Who God is NOT and what God does NOT do.
Recently, Rob Bell released a book called Love Wins, which was hugely popular weeks prior to people actually reading the book; popular in a good way for some and in a bad way for others. I count myself among the former.
I plan to start with a series of blogs in response to apologetic-type book reviews. One thing that has absolutely delighted me since I discovered that Jesus Christ did not fail in His mission to seek and save the lost is that the opposition to arguments that support the Amazing Hope are weak and shallow. It is a case-in-point example of 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God…” Seriously, making a case and supporting that case, hearing opposing arguments, and formulating strong rebuttal in response to opposition has been effortless. When God began showing me the truth concerning His Plan of the Ages, I expected to find all kinds of problems with it, as if it really were too good to be true. But the more I tried to find a way to refute it (just to make sure I was not hearing my own wishful thinking), the more obvious it became that refuting the Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ was a pointless endeavor.
These sometimes scathing book reviews are meant to be resources for those who read Bell’s book and want to get ready to demolish the very new but very old ideas that are (finally) being placed on the table for inspection. Under the light of scrutiny, this opposition just falls apart. I am not being arrogant or exaggerating… it literally falls apart. You’ll see what I mean as you read the next few blogs. It isn’t because I am so great at demolishing arguments, it is that any argument that sets itself up against the knowledge of God is doomed to fail. It can be picked apart by people who don’t know how to pick apart.
1. Until the 19th century almost all theologians taught eternal torment.
2. If aion does not mean eternal, then that means we do not have eternal life (John 3:16).
3. The reconciliation of all things means that all things will submit to the Lordship of Christ, but some in joyful worship and others in just punishment.
4. Every church that has denied eternal torment dies out, withering away from the gospel.
5. The Bible does not talk about a second chance after death.
6. Holy, holy, holy – “…this is the one thing Bell’s god is not.”
7. Bell teaches a “blood drained gospel.”
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