A Song Which Rob Bell Cannot Sing Along To
The lyric « I did not make it, oh it is making me » is completely opposite to what Rob Bell proposes in Velvet Elvis. Rob Bell would have to write « I made it, oh, I am making it… » According to Rob Bell, Christianity is, after all, more like like a painting of Elvis, which must be re-made by every generation. He makes it clear that he is not talking about powerpoints and music, but about doctrine, how we read the Bible, etc – the very core of the faith. He thinks that anybody can make the Bible say anything they want, and that doctrine are like springs in a trampoline which are not really « true » but only « useful » in that they help to inspire good/religious thoughts/actions in people. Thus, he feels that it is not doctrine which forms him, but he who forms doctrine.
What do you think – is this difference inconsequential or essential?