At first I didn’t want to believe it. Did you? I saw the book trailer and found it inconclusive. I heard the rhetoric, the bandwagon for and against the man from multiple outlets, and still wasn’t sold either way. Maybe because I loved the Nooma video’s, own a couple of his messages, and thinking he would have too much to lose by such a provocative message, I wanted to believe in the best possible outcome. But ring the bell, sound the alarm, Rob Bell has opened himself up to deserved criticism for his view of the afterlife that salvation “may” be extended into the life hereafter.
People who are critics of Bell’s views in his latest book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived claiming he takes a universalist view of salvation, are being criticized on the basis of the classic defense “Judge not lest ye be judged. That’s God’s job.” This was a response posted on Twitter from @kristimcarlson not too long ago. Rev. and Dr. Serene Jones from Union Theological Seminary conveys a similar sentiment, “I think the people who are going after Rob Bell’s controversy are themselves closer to heresy than Rob Bell is.” By the way, Jones believes hell is “made up” and that “the question of heaven and hell is not something we should be worrying about”. For more see here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/controversial-book-debunk-concept-hell/story?id=13070964