13 September 2011
Bell, Rob. Love Wins. New York: Harper One, 2011.
This book title has been floating around in forums and on blogs for a while, but it wasn't until just recently that I was able to pick up a copy and read it. The author's idea is a simple one: evangelical Christians are taught that God is offering us eternal life, provided that we accept that gift in the way He offers it. If not, if we do not pray the right prayer or don't pray it at the right time or don't say the right words, then we are condemned to hell. This means that lots of people throughout history are going to hell, while very few people will go to heaven. Many both within and outside the Christian community have difficulty swallowing this truth. How could a good, loving God condemn people to hell? Bell posits the possibility that perhaps God will allow all those other people, those who weren't ready for salvation on Earth, a second chance at salvation.
I'm not going to jump on the "Love Wins" bandwagon and say that I agree wholeheartedly with Bell's theories. But his book was definitely an interesting read and caused me to view the concept of salvation from another point of view.