I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about eternity, hell and what God is like. I recently discovered an American pastor called Francis Chan. I am very impressed with him both as a scholar, and as a person. His humility impresses me. He is currently writing a book on Hell called ‘Erasing Hell’ that in some way seems to address issues written by Rob Bell in ‘Love Wins’. He does not take the same path as Rob, and I find myself being drawn to his arguments. The book isn’t out yet by the way.
Some people seem to have been assuming they know exactly what I think and what I believe about Hell and the eternal destiny of everyone. I have never once said that I believe everything written in ‘Love Wins’, only that I thought it was really interesting and I’ve been thinking a lot about it (although I am concerned that so many critics of the book haven’t actually read it). I did not want to immediately dismiss it just because it is different to so much I have been taught. I think there are some wonderful insights in the book that are accurate, and I would truly like to believe it’s all true, but I just don’t think it is. Boy would I love to be wrong. I want everyone to be in heaven, I really do, but I don’t think the Bible leaves us with that option. I think, like Rob says, that God’s love is so great that he lets us choose. We are free to reject him.
Anyway, I don’t think I can say it very well, so watch this short video by Francis Chan about his thoughts on Hell.