“Farewell Rob Bell?”
March 7, 2011
If you follow the Christian culture at all, I am sure you have seen this video or read something similar to this (a blog post which has made the insinuation that author and pastor, Rob Bell, has come out of the universalist closet and claimed there is no such thing as hell). Several people have asked me my thoughts, here are a few of them:
- He is trying to sell a book – Rob Bell is a superior marketer. I am pretty sure that at least some of this is ginned up controversy to sell more books (he is currently number 13 on Amazon and his book is not even out yet). I will reserve my full judgment until I read it.
- God is bigger - God is bigger than anyone’s bad theology. Man’s wisdom is foolishness to God; I know that I have built some of my boxes to put God in too small. God is bigger than Rob Bell and I trust God’s influence in this world over Rob Bell’s.
- God is indescribable – Bell is doing what any of us can do. He is trying to put words to an indescribable God. Of course his words are gonna fall short. When people start worshipping their words about God and not God, that is when they get into trouble.
- True victims – The true victims of this book teaser (remember, the actual book has not come out yet) are not the unsuspecting non-Christians who have read the pieces or seen this video. Whatever Rob Bell writes, it is a shame what this book teaser has made some other Christian leaders say about a man who simply has opinions.