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What does the Bible say about hell?

Hell, God’s Sovereignty, Suffering & My Depravity

The doctrine of hell is one that was overemphasized in my faith upbringing.  It’s one I subsequently tried to disprove and deny using the Bible.  In this attempt, I ended up coming to terms with the truth of the biblical doctrine of hell, and in recent years it has helped me incredibly in my personal faith.  You can read more about that here.

In a recent article I wrote for the Covenant Eyes blog, I mentioned how hell has helped me in my marriage and sexual purity, to which an anonymous commenter (rudely) did not take kindly to!  You can read his comment to me in the comments of the Covenant Eyes article.  My reply to him was filled with enough content that I’m going to copy and paste it here as a new blog article about hell and some related topics:

Hi there, I appreciate your passion for this. For a good chunk of my time as a pastor and as a serious Bible reader, I wanted to prove that hell wasn’t real. Continue Reading…

Rob Bell, 2005, Velvet Elvis p. 40, “It was in that moment that I heard a voice. Not an audible, loud, human kind of voice, but inner words spoken somewhere in my soul that were very clear and very concise. What I heard was, ‘Teach this book, and I will take care of everything else.'”

 

Rob Bell, 2015, Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, “The church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense.”

 

 

 

I’ve written some pretty critical views in past posts about Rob Bell’s views of the Bible, specifically as they relate to his view on homosexuality and the authority of the Bible in general:

Dos Equis Stay Thirsty Rob Bell

This has nothing to do with my blog post; found it on Google images and think pretty much anything to do with the Dos Equis guy is funny

Within the past week, I’ve been blogging about four different ways a person can view the Bible (specifically the Old Testament).  Within these four views, there definitely exists a gradual spectrum where one slowly turns in to another.  In reply to these posts, as well as out of concern for a friend of mine struggling with the way they see the Bible, someone emailed me some recent blog posts by Rob Bell that related to what I was writing about what the Bible is.

Because of how critical I’ve been of Rob, I thought it would be helpful to also pass along some helpful insights he made in these posts about the Bible, Continue Reading…

I just preached a sermon this past Sunday entitled “How To Read The Bible”, attempting to give tools for how to understand difficult Scripture passages such as God commanding the Israelites to wipe out entire nations (including the infants), some of the very odd commands in the Old Testament (e.g. no shaving, no eating lobster, no tattoos, etc.), as well as the horrid account of a man throwing his wife out to a sex-crazed mob to be raped, and then later cutting her to pieces (Judges 19).  I even scratched the surface of the New Testament’s texts about women’s roles in church leadership.

Let’s face it, there are plenty of uncomfortable texts in the Bible that if you were just to read them at face value, would give you reason to shut the book and seek for it to be banned from circulation.

I was talking to a friend this week about some of the previous posts I did on Rob Bell and his public stance affirming homosexual behavior, Continue Reading…

All of the posts in this series: 

Thank you to my brother Patrick for pointing out that I’m starting to beat a dead horse with my Rob Bell posts and while I’m not intending to, am starting to sound like those theologians who just beat up on other theologians, just for the sport of it.

Every Christian blogger/theologian/pastor/author needs someone like Patrick in their life.  1. Someone who will never think you are a rock star.  Ever.  2. Someone willing to honestly confront you when you screw up and/or are almost ready to screw up.  3. Someone wise enough to see things you’re communicating that you’re not intending to.

This is real love.  So thank you for that Patrick.

Speaking of love, I love Rob Bell.  Continue Reading…