Rob Bell, Are You On A Journey, Or Just Plain Lost?
In this post I am returning to ideas and concepts laid out in A Decision to Remain Undecided. I would recommend this post to those wanting a more measured and thorough treatment of this concept.
One day when I should have been doing something else, I stumbled upon this youtube video, where the interviewer really gives it to Rob Bell hard on his new book Love Wins.
No doubt this book will be the topic of upcoming posts, once I get more schooling done. For the time-being, however, I was fascinated by one comment of Bell. He said that he was on a « journey » to understand these things. And he wanted to give people the « gift of not knowing, » so that others could journey along with him.
…but let’s be clear. Bell is not on a journey. Journeys have agendas, itineraries, road-signs and destinations. If you never arrive at your destination, you have failed at correctly « journeying. » I would highly encourage anyone to go on a personal quest to discover what they believe about Hell, the afterlife, abortion, homosexuality, and a host of other relevant, important issues. I want you to go on a journey because I want you to understand what you believe and own your decision. Sooner is better than later, but take the time that you need to know what you believe: that would be the gift I would like to give to you as a teacher and writer.
However, the « gift » which Bell seems to be giving is the gift of endlessly wandering. Never deciding. Never arriving. Working hard, but making no progress. « Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth, » (2 Tim. 3:7).
And who will deny that this is a « gift »? Once one arrives as a firm, inflexible belief in Hell, their whole world turns upside down. Suddenly AIDS seems like a cold, global warming like a mild rash, pop culture like a flicker in the night. What matters is getting people saved. After all, what difference does it make how comfortable people are in these short years, if they will spend eternity in the conscious eternal torments of Hell??!
Thinks about that one for a moment. Read over that last paragraph slowly. Think of what would change in your own life if you started living like Hell was real?
No wonder a whole generation wishes to endlessly defer the verdict on this question.
(In this post I am returning to ideas and concepts laid out in A Decision to Remain Undecided. I would recommend this post to those wanting a more measured and thorough treatment of this concept.)
(See also the post, « Review of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis) »