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Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell
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“The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God made you to be. And anything else you do is sin and you need to repent of it.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“God has spoken, and everything else is commentary.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Salvation is the entire universe being brought back into harmony with its maker.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“If the gospel isn't good news for everybody, then it isn't good news for anybody.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Whether we are reading the Bible for the first time or standing in a field in Israel next to a historian and an archaeologist and a scholar, the Bible meets us where we are. That is what truth does”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“[The Bible] has to be interpreted. And if it isn’t interpreted, then it can’t be put into action. So if we are serious about following God, then we have to interpret the Bible. It is not possible to simply do what the Bible says. We must first make decisions about what it means at this time, in this place, for these people.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Think about some of the words that are used in these kinds of discussions, one of the most common being the phrase “open-minded.” Often the person with spiritual convictions is seen as close-minded and others are seen as open-minded. What is fascinating to me is that at the center of the Christian faith is the assumption that this life isn’t all there is. That there is more to life than the material. That existence is not limited to what we can see, touch, measure, taste, hear, and observe. One of the central assertions of the Christian worldview is that there is “more” – Those who oppose this insist that this is all there is, that only what we can measure and observe and see with our eyes is real. There is nothing else. Which perspective is more “closed-minded?” Which perspective is more “open?”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Times change. God doesn’t, but times do. We learn and grow, and the world around us shifts, and the Christian faith is alive only when it is listening, morphing, innovating, letting go of whatever has gotten in the way of Jesus and embracing whatever will help us be more and more the people God wants us to be.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“It is such a letdown to rise from the dead and have your friends not recognize you.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“because God has spoken, and everything else is commentary.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Questions are not scary. What is scary is when people don’t have any. What is tragic is faith that has no room for them.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“If anybody didn't have a messiah complex, it was Jesus”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“The Bible tells a story. A story that isn’t over. A story that is still being told. A story that we have a part to play in.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“If there is a divine being who made everything, including us, what would our experiences with this being look like? The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. We are dealing with somebody we made up. And if we made him up, then we are in control. And so in passage after passage, we find God reminding people that he is beyond and bigger and more.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“It is possible for music to be labeled "Christian" and be terrible music. It could lack creativity and inspiration. The lyrics could be recycled cliches. That "Christian" band could actually be giving Jesus a bad name because they aren't a great band. It is possible for a movie to be a "Christian" movie and to be a terrible movie. It may actually desecrate the art form in its quality and storytelling and craft.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“For Jesus, the question wasn’t, “How do I get into heaven?” but “How do I bring heaven here?”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Why would we ever be surprised when truth turns up in strange places?”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“One of the great “theologians” of our time, Sean Penn, put it this way: “When everything gets answered, it’s fake. The mystery is the truth.”21”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“Whatever those things are that make you feel fully alive and like the universe is ultimately a good place and you are not alone, I need a faith that doesn’t deny these moments but embraces them.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“I can’t find one place in the teachings of Jesus, or the Bible for that matter, where we are to identity ourselves first and foremost as sinners.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“But the first Christians didn’t see Jesus this way, as if God were somewhere else and then cooked up some way to solve the sin problem at the last minute by getting involved as Jesus. They believed that Jesus was somehow more, that Jesus had actually been present since before creation and had been a part of the story all along.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“So as a Christian, I am free to claim the good, the true, the holy, wherever and whenever I find it. I live with the understanding that truth is bigger than any religion and the world is God’s and everything in it.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“everybody is resting on a set of interpretations, and we need to be honest about it.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“To make the cross of Jesus just about human salvation is to miss that God is interested in the saving of everything. Every star and rock and bird. All things.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“What's disturbing, then, is when people talk more about hell after this life than they do about hell here and now. As a Christian I want to do what I can to resist hell coming to earth: poverty, injustice, suffering--they're all hells on earth and as Christians we oppose them with all of our energies.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“I have been told that I need to believe in Jesus. Which is a good thing. But what I am learning is that Jesus believes in me.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“I’m convinced being generous is a better way to live. I’m convinced forgiving people and not carrying around bitterness is a better way to live. I’m convinced having compassion is a better way to live. I’m convinced pursuing peace in every situation is a better way to live. I’m convinced listening to the wisdom of others is a better way to live. I’m convinced being honest with people is a better way to live.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
“people are rarely persuaded by arguments, but more often by experiences.”
Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

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