Love Wins could potentially change everything! This brand new book by Rob Bell - could just be the most unifying, interfaith, conservative Christian book to come out of this messy age of religion since... maybe... the Bible? Who knows? This book is exactly what the conservative Christian tribe needs to thrust them into this inspiring new world created by Jesus over 2,000 years ago.
A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever…? With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.
God asks for our heart.
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." --Matthew 22:34-40
Jesus came proclaiming God's love for us, asking us anew to give our hearts to God; but the religious authorities of the day, in cahoots with the government, got rid of him, because he was perceived as a threat to their establishment. In 2007, conservative Christians named Rob Bell #10 on their list of "The 50 Most Influential Christians in America" as chosen by The Church Report readers and online visitors. Is the Bell still ringing true? How will the conservative Christian community receive Bell after they read his new book, Love Wins?
Rob Bell is an author, pastor, innovative, dynamic person who presents a deeper Biblical vision for discovering the richer, more majestic and true, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and what it means to come to Jesus. The "good news" is way better than we ever imagined.
Rob Bell was interviewed by Lisa Miller of Newsweek March 14, 2011, the day before the book release; and thus began a moment of contemplation for many Christian leaders around the world. God is not willing that any should perish. Will God have His way? Or will the religious authorities of the day have their way? Does Love Win for everyone? Or does this message get ignored in the same way the good news of the Bible is ignored by many?
Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me." --Isaiah 6:8
What do I see? I see a man whos says 'Here am I, Lord, send me!' I will ring that bell with you Pastor Bell. I believe Bell is proclaiming a truth felt within the heart of millions of Christians who are afraid to speak up about the fact that they can no longer accept the hell and brimstone message they've been taught in the past. Afraid of losing their worship community and possibly a few friendships should they break rank, they remain silent instead. I know I have lost friends over my beliefs, but I keep loving everyone anyway - and to borrow a phrase from Rob Bell "You're Next!" :)
The stubborn theological nincompoops of today, and the people who listen to them, can be as stubborn as the ones who were alive at the time of Jesus. Soon, I fear, the accusations will begin ....'false teaching' ....'heretic' ...'blasphemy' ....'heterodox' or 'unorthodox', etc.... and just like that, they will miss their opportunity to move the ship toward the way of Jesus! They may have developed too much pride over the years to change their evil ways. But in the end? Love Wins.
What would happen if we believed in
Love instead of hell? Seriously.
Order Love Wins, by Rob Bell - release date March 15th, 2011.
Here's Rob Bell in the Love Wins promo video:
Love Wins, by Rob Bell, release date March 15, 2011