Summary of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins

I worked up this summary of Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. I tried to keep as much opinion out of it as possible and merely summarize his main arguments. Enjoy!

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12 Responses to Summary of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins

  1. tiffany says:

    hey 🙂
    you didn’t do well at writing an unbiased summary.
    Your opinion was evident in every single chapter you disagreed with and you only gave editorials from people who did not support the book.

  2. Sam Oliver says:

    I completely agree with Tiffany. Your summary is biased to such an extent that it is sarky at points. And you reference to Romans 9 is flawed anyway. I presume you were referring to the fact that in Romans 9 it says that God will have mercy on whomever he chooses. However Paul then quotes Hosea, saying:

    ““Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
    and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’”
    26 “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
    there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”

    The inclusivity promoted in this passage is exactly what Bell is talking about. There are many more things I disagreed with in your critique (let’s be honest, it’s more of a critique than a summary), but I just thought I’d reference that contradiction.

    As far as critique goes, it’s a very good effort, but it’s nowhere near an unbiased summary.

  3. Sam Gurski says:

    To be accurate, your introduction should have read: “I worked up this rebuttal of Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. I tried to allow as much of my own opinion in it as possible rather than merely summarizing [Bell’s] main arguments.

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  7. Tiffany says:

    You might be surprised to know that many of the Church Fathers and many Christian theologians throughout history have believed what Rob Bell believes about hell. If you were to do a thesis on hell analysing the scriptures which teach on it you might actually start to agree with Rob Bell’s book rather than refute it. You seem so convinced that your rebuttal is supporting the bible, but you are not- you are just supporting traditional teaching on the bible which lacks depth of scriptural insight. I can recommend a book to you which will expand your biblical understanding of hell- it also supports a ‘hope’ thesis- that eventually all will be saved. This book analyses the scriptures on hell and explores the different attitudes towards hell. It is called “Her Gates shall never shut: Hell, Hope and the New Jerusalem by Brad Jersak” You can find it on Amazon. It may change your strong opinion which clearly evident in your rebuttal.

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    presentation however I to find this topic to be actually something that I think I’d by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely vast for me. I am having a look forward on your subsequent publish, I will attempt to get the hold of it!

  9. Matt says:

    Might I recommend anything by Robin Parry or Thomas Talbott. Rob Bell is a great author and poet but if you really want to go deep into the philosophical aspect of this, look into these two.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this summary. As Ecclesiastes says, ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. Tim Keller’s comment is wonderful. God must be just if he is to be called God. A just God must therefore punish sinners, those who break his perfect rules and offend his holiness. God has punished Jesus instead of us so he is both proven just and loving. How wonderful, but we must not miss the point of the gospel – it is so much simpler than people try to make it. It is salvation through Christ alone, alone being the keyword. The Bible makes it very clear that human responsibility exists in accepting God’s salvation through Christ and that all without Him will perish as is just.

    It is so important to weed out false doctrines that are leading many astray. Despite the comments above – or the fact that you’ve not read all the theological studies out there on hell, we only need one document, the Bible and the simple concept of the gospel to understand what God’s will and purpose is and therefore what our only hope and purpose can be.

    Hell is the absence of God as punishment for rejecting God. It is fair.

    • Tiffany Campbell says:

      I understand where you are coming from. I agree that hell is definitely real and a punishment for those who have rejected God’s saving grace through Jesus. When I say ‘theological studies’ I mean the study of the Bible. That is what theology is.

      The bible is clear and unanimous that hell is real. However, it is not clear or unanimous on the nature or duration of hell. There are many verses in the bible which strongly indicate that salvation for everyone is a goal which will one day be realised. ‘Everyone’ and ‘all’ meaning all humans who have ever been created. Examples include:
      -“This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labour and strive), that we have put our hope in the Living God, who is the Saviour of all men, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Tim 4:9-10
      -“For since death came through a man the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21
      -“And I, when I (Jesus) am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” John 12:32
      -“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,’ declares the Lord ‘so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another all mankind will come and bow down before me,’ says the Lord. And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me [could be Satan and his demons]; their worm shall not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” Isaiah 66:22-24

      That is just a few examples of verses which indicate eventual salvation for all.
      I know that you will argue with the term ‘eternal’ or ‘everlasting’ punishment. However, the original Greek word that has been translated into ‘eternal’ and ‘everlasting’ when the bible is talking about life and punishment actually is equivalent to the English word ‘age’- presumably meaning ‘life in the age to come’ or ‘punishment in the age to come’. Presumably once this ‘age’ of life and punishment is complete God will finish His work and all humanity will be submitted to Him in Christ when He becomes the all in all. This is when His final enemy ‘death’ (presumably meaning both physical death and the second death- hell) is destroyed.

      “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.”c Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:25-28

      Also you talk about hell being fair. I agree punishment for sin is fair. However, it is not fair to punish people for an infinite amount of time when they sinned for only a finite period of time and with incomplete understanding of what they were doing. And I agree God is just- so I would be surprised if a truly just God did this.
      Nor is it really loving for God to have created humanity if He knew in advance that many would reject Him and be suffering forever. He has a bigger plan and His gospel will be successful in accomplishing its purpose- the salvation of all mankind.
      “Love always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

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