Though hell (and, moreover, the thought of eternal condemnation) has always sparked controversy, Rob Bell’s recent book Love Wins reignited the debate. Is hell a real place? Will God really send people there to burn for all eternity? Will they be wiped out of existence forever? Though it’s a difficult, sensitive topic to address, it’s one that as Christians we must discuss; after all, Jesus talked about hell more than anyone else in the New Testament.
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- What ever happened to Rob Bell, the pastor who questioned the gates of hell?
Now, the man who built a church of an estimated 10,000 people isn’t even attending an organized church. Instead, he surfs the waves near Hollywood and has teamed up with the goddess of pop theology, Oprah Winfrey.Exchanging his evangelical bona fides for the blessing of Oprah may yet prove to be his most unforgivable sin, at least in some circles. Which is not to say that Bell cares very much what anyone says these days.
- Tormented in the Afterlife, but Not Forever
Conditional immortality, the idea that the suffering of the wicked in hell is finite, is being revived through books, conferences and films (The New York Times)