Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We've Made Up
"Erasing Hell" should have been subtitled: Universalism Is Definitely False, But We Don't Know Why
I listened to the audiobook edition of this work, which contains an elaborative interview with the authors. In the interview, the authors (to whom I will refer collectively by the headlining name, though I understand that the greater part of the work was Sprinkle's) admit that the book is a response to "Love Wins" (a fact, as I recall, not acknowledged in the book), making Bell's book required readi...more
I’ve talked with Francis personally and been at a few conferences where he’s spoken. It’s like watching a fire burn—you don’t know exactly what’s coming next. That same passion is on the pages of his book. Chan lays his heart on the table. It’s rare that a boo...more
In the end Rob Bell's book is an easier read, theologically, because to me it outlined a Hell that is self-inflicted in which a person's rejection of God brings about their eternal fate while God is waiting with open, loving arms, only to be rejected by sinful i...more
I agree with most reviewers that the content of this book was a bit rushed and awkward at times. Some may not like the general framework of "God can do whatever He wants because He is God and while I do not like the...more
Why? He preaches truth and isn’t afraid to deal with the hard topics. He backs everything with scripture and brings to light incredible scriptural truths. His writings have seriously changed my life. Just read Crazy Love.
Erasing Hell by Chan and Preston Sprinkle, was written in response to a controversial book published by Ro...more
* Assuming that God wrote everything in the Bible, and nothing not in the Bible, and that his writing has been passed down without error since then. This is a pretty clearly absurd proposition; there are enough internal contradictions that this can't be true. By refusing to be skeptical about any passages (even ones that don't seem to fit), and by refusing to consider very much that didn't make it into the Bible with a ca...more
Chan, with the assistance of researcher Preston Sprinkle, takes on the difficult question of is there a hell, what is it like and why should we believe in a God...more
I'm getting a bit ahead of myself though. Regardless of the q...more
The point of the book seems to be to label Rob Bell as a Universalist (someone who thinks everyone goes to heaven no matter what) prove that he's wrong about what he wrote about Heave...more
Bell's book and Chan's book were written for different audiences. Bell says his book is for anyone who have heard some version of the story of Jesus that completely turned them off. In other words, people who are told that their friends or family who happen to have the wrong beliefs are going to be tortured for all eternity; those who ha...more
A few months ago I read Rob Bell’s newest book ‘Love Wins’ which for me did one great thing, it got people talking about hell. Hell is not a subject that regularly comes up in conversation, at least not in most of my conversations. But Bell’s book forced me to take a harder look at what I believe about hell and why. If I disagree with everything in Bell’s book, I have to be able to answer the question: ‘Why?’
Bell spoke about hell in a way that most of us who...more
Wow, I read this in 2 days. Thats a record for me. There's 197 pages. But I bet only about 100 of that is content.
I enjoyed the factual parts of this book. And by factual I mean the parts that are right out of the Bible. The problem becomes Biblical interpretation. I do think the author is on the right track and he explains himself very well. But for some reason I think he left a few things unasked and unchallenged. But he did admit he didn't want the book to be any longer. (I'm not sure why th...more
This book was certainly written in response to Rob Bell's book, LOVE WINS. I thought that Francis and Sprinkle did a great job on tackling this issue by describing the biblical doctrine...more
What results is an all-too-simple engagement with the issues. This wouldn't be as annoying if Chan's tone of voice was similar to Bell's: allusive, pondering, reflective. Instead, Chan tries to settle most matters on hell. This backfires in diff...more
Agree or disagree with Chan, he handles it with grace and compassion. Sure, this is a traditional evangelical view of hell but he takes you step by step through why and how he came to the conclusions he came to. He lists his sources, provides additional details in the notes, and is careful to take his interpretation beyond what can be found in scripture.
I especially appreci...more
he says this:
francis chan thinks rob bell is an idiot... okay he never actually says that, but it's pretty clear he is if nothing else not a fan.
this is francis chan:
I was expecting him to be an old idiot crumugeon I'm not sure what to do with the fact he's actually not bad looking.
he says this:
I think he's an idiot. and a jack ass.
this book is an attempt to prove rob bell wrong.
there were so...more
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