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Christian author's book sparks charges of heresy
Rob Bell is under fire for his latest book before it even hits the shelves.
March 1st, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Christian author's book sparks charges of heresy

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Rob Bell, a pastor and author who has achieved rock star status in the Christian world, is preaching a false gospel, his critics say. And some of those critics are Christian rock stars in their own right.

The pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bell has authored a book called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, which ignited a firestorm of controversy over the weekend, weeks before it arrives in bookstores.

On Saturday, in a blog post on the popular Christian website The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor blasted Bell's new book, out March 29, for teaching "false doctrine":

I’m glad that Rob Bell has the integrity to be lay [sic] his cards on the table about universalism. It seems that this is not just optimism about the fate of those who haven’t heard the Good News, but (as it seems from below) full-blown hell-is-empty-everyone-gets-saved universalism.

Universalism, in its broadest terms, preaches that everyone goes to heaven and that there is no hell. Critics say it represents a break from traditional Christianity, which they say holds that heaven and hell are very real places. In most Christian circles, universalism is a dirty word.

Taylor's post was quickly tweeted by several prominent pastors, including John Piper and Mark Driscoll, connected to the Gospel Coalition, a coalition of theologically conservative evangelical churches, and a full-blown theological controversy was on. By Monday, Taylor's response post had racked up a quarter million hits.

Other bloggers, meanwhile, are calling Bell an outright heretic.

Bell is not the first prominent Christian pastor to be recently accused of wading into theologically troubled waters. Bishop Carlton Pearson, once a mentee of famed Pentecostal televangelist Oral Roberts, has been run out of two churches and branded a heretic for preaching what he says is a gospel of inclusion with broad universalist themes.

Last year, Brian McLaren - a popular Christian author and a former pastor - was accused of breaking with Christian orthodoxy and delving headlong into universalism in his book A New Kind of Christianity.

But it's rare that theological arguments become top ten trending topics on Twitter, as Rob Bell did on Saturday.

“To be honest, it was a pretty rough weekend,” Taylor said in a phone interview. The 34-year-old heads the editorial content for Crossway, a Christian publishing company in Wheaton, Illinois.  Taylor he says his blog expresses his personal opinion not the opinion of the coalition.

"We’re talking about the big things here, things that have been historically defined as orthodox, " he said. "I have a high degree of confidence in what God is saying and what we can understand."

Though many things that separate Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians, “this isn’t one of them," Taylor said. "We’ve historically agreed on many things, the person of Christ, heaven and hell. This isn’t a peripheral academic debate. What Rob Bell is talking about gets to the heart of Christianity.”

Taylor has not read Bell's forthcoming book in its entirety. His blog post was in response to the description released by Bell publisher HarperOne and a promotional video that features Bell.

"Rob Bell hasn’t sinned against me personally,” Taylor said, which is why he did not go to Bell before making his comments public. Instead, Taylor said, Bell's book represents a clear example of false teaching.

In the promotional video Bell refers to the nonviolent Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, and asks, "Gandhi's in hell? He is?"

"And someone knows this for sure?" Bell continues. "Will billions and billions of people burn forever in hell? And if that's the case how do you become one of the few? "

The video follows a trend in Bell's career as a pastor: he has long asked tough theological questions and challenged traditional answers. The short promotional video raises lots of questions without offering definitive answers.

"What we believe about heaven and hell is incredibly important because it exposes what we believe about who God is and what God is like," Bell says in it. " The good news is that love wins."

Those lines raised eyebrows for Taylor and others. "It is not preaching the gospel as found in the New Testament," Taylor said. "The New Testament is pretty clear if someone preaches a false gospel… that we are to reject that and have nothing to do with them."

For all his hipster leanings - including black rimmed glasses - Bell has a traditional pedigree. He went to Wheaton College, the Harvard of Christian schools, and later graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.

But the Mars Hill Bible Church, which Bell founded, is not attached to any denomination. Were it attached to one - the Presbyterian or Catholic church, say - his book and video could raise eyebrows in the hierarchy and might lead to a church trial that could result in Bell's expulsion.

"A larger denomination would take his credentials and excommunicate him like they did to me,” Bishop Pearson told CNN.

By Sunday evening, Pearson was getting sent articles about the Bell flap. He said it reminded him of his days as a charismatic leader of a big church in the largest Pentecostal denomination. His questioning of hell from the pulpit led to his ouster.

"What happened to me is happening to Rob Bell," Pearson said. "If you denounce hell, it's like you are denouncing God. You’re going to be called a heretic."

“I thought my people loved me and would walk through the valley of the shadow of death with me, but they didn’t,” Pearson said.

Bell's church did not respond to requests for an interview. His Twitter feed has been silent since he posted about writing a piece for CNN's Belief Blog a few weeks ago. His publicist at HarperOne said he would not be doing publicity until his book hits shelves.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Leaders • Michigan • United States

soundoff (2,200 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Let's see a show of hands... how many people commenting in this thread have actually read the book?

    March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Learner

      Not me, Tony.

      March 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Davella Jones

      CatholicMom

      history,
      The Bible was compiled by the Catholic Church almost 400 years after Jesus Christ’s ascension. The Bible is Truth and perfect. Some that read it twist it and now we have 38,000 differing beliefs, all saying the Word of God is Truth and their interpretation of the Word is the correct interpretation. The only true interpretation is the Catholic Church’s interpretation because She was given the Authority from Jesus Christ and He promised to bring them into the fullness of Truth as we can bear it. We have Sacred Tradition, the Bible, and the Magisterium which equals Christianity in its fullest measure.

      And we have this and we have that, thus, its a shame that YOU don't follow what Jesus wanted his church to be! Why do you say because pope broke off from YOUR church, and formed other communities, that they twist things? Thats a lie. Most of the protestant churches I know of, follow the same teachings and beliefs that YOUR church does. They read the same bible. Just because they broke away from the church due to all the broken things the popes and other bishops and so on did, what does that give you the right to say they aren't having Jesus truths?

      You teach Barptism saves, and thats a lie. Baptism does NOT save. Baptism is an outward sign that the believe has repented of sin, has been buried in his old ways, and is risen a new creature in Christ, It is done by immersion. Yoour church is NOT folowing what Jesus commanded, for they sprinkle, which is NOT scriptural!
      You don't even know what "personal interpetation means, you think its somebody reading and getting thier own interpetation from what they read. Go study the scripture on that lady. Stop believeing what your "pope" has told you it means, and use your own eyes, and brain, and hopefully, you will get it right.

      Your church, without spot, stain , or wrinkle...HELLO..that is GODS church, and that is what he commanded. Has your Catholic popes followed that? No. Want proof? They broke the papal succession, and boy, what a farce.

      Observe: Sixtus IV was the first pope to license the brothels of Rome; they brought him in thirty thousand ducats a year (roughly the yearly income of 30 common laborers). He also gained considerably from a tax imposed on priests who kept a mistress. Another source of income was granting privileges to rich men 'to enable them to solace certain matrons in the absence of their husbands.'
      It was in the area of indulgences that Sixtus showed a touch of genius. He was the first pontiff to decide that they could be applied to the dead. Even he was overwhelmed by their popularity. Here was an infinite source of revenue that even his greediest predecessors had not dreamed of. It was breathtaking in its implications: the pope, creature of flesh and blood, had power over the regions of the dead. Souls in torment for their misdemeanours could be released by his word, provided their pious relatives dipped into.their pockets. And which of them wouldn't if they had a spark of Christian decency? Widows and widowers, bereaved parents spent their all trying to get their loved ones out of Purgatory, painted in ever more lurid colours.
      Praying for the dead was one thing, paying for them another. Simple folk were led to believe that the pope, or those who came to their village and sold the pope's pardon, guaranteed their dead would go to heaven on the wings of indulgences. The potential for abuse was considerable. The sale of relics from the tenth century had been bad enough. . . Martyr's bones, like oil, were not a renewable commodity, but indulgences were limitless and could be priced to suit every pocket. Nothing was required of the donor or recipient, not love or compassion or prayer or repentance – only money. No practice was ever more irreligious than this. The pope grew rich in the measure that the poor were duped.
      Want to see how well the Catholic Church and the popes followed the "succession" of Jesus church?

      http://www.liberalslikechrist.org/Catholic/OneTrueChurch.html

      Its all in there. Plus, the gold coach and the Vatican mansion ...http://catholicarrogance.org/Catholic/RC_MasterMenu.htm

      March 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  2. Joe

    Hell is human invention to make you OBEY other humans, not God.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Drbbt

      No, that is called GOVERNMENT.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  3. Lilly

    articles like this make me really sad because it once agian shows Christianity as nothing more than dogma and who, .."God likes.." or dislikes. God does not like anyone more than anyone else. You all are missing the point that Being a Christian means having a loving relationship with God and towards your fellow man. Heaven is simply being able to be with God for the rest of your eternal life....and that knowing Jesus is the way to that life. Hell is simply the Absence of God. If you do believe in God and Jesus that's fine....why would you want to spend eterinity with them anyway...

    One of the ideas that a lot of Christians have a tough time with is this idea that God would regect you even if you're a good person. God does not regect anyone, it's people that regect him.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Drbbt

      It has nothing to do with likes or dislikes. Perhaps you should spend some time actually reading the Bible and becoming familiar with the "dogma of Christianity" before you are so quick to criticize it. I'm not sure why someone so disinterested in Christianity would spend their time reading this article to begin with, much less allowing themselves to be upset by it. By the way, there was another article on Charlie Sheen.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • joe

      this^

      March 1, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • joe

      lilly, not drbbt, hes silly

      March 1, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  4. Ellen Hunt

    I was raised a Unitarian Universalist. Get off my cloud! Off! Now!

    March 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • John Richardson

      Well, by your very universalist beliefs, everyone is already ON your cloud, whether they believe it or not! Hmmm, suddenly universalism souns a wee bit creepy itself ....

      March 1, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  5. aardman

    Oh these religionists, they're arguing about who's fictions are not fiction. They might as well argue about whether or not Donald Duck should wear pants. It really would be funny except that people kill and torture each other over religion.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • John Richardson

      Donald Duck SHOULD wear pants! I mean, Mickey Mouse does, after all! Those who think otherwise are going to spend eternity in line for the tea cup ride at Disneyland!!!

      March 1, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  6. Chris

    Wow! There are so many misguided people here on these boards. People will bend anything they can to conform to what they want to believe. Make things make sense to themselves. Justify their own behavior in their own mind, just so that they can keep that warm and fuzzy feeling down inside and still be ok with living a life that is a spit in the face of God.
    To deny hell is to deny God's absolute sovereignty. He is perfect and none of us can stand in His presence without Jesus Christ. So it is impossible for someone who has lived their entire life without accepting Christ to be vouched for. We all deserve hell... every single one of us. The only thing that can save us is Jesus.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • John Richardson

      @Chris I knew a born again Christian who absolutely freaked at the real, imminent threat of death by firearm while I didn't. We both came out of that okay. But it showed that deep down, the proud proclaimers of their own salvation know that they DON'T know what comes next for them and that they are really, really scared.

      I work with dogs and it turns out that many, many of the dogs who are the boldest, even fiercest behind a fence are really simply scared to the core and simply hope to chase away what frightens them by feigning ferocious self-assurance. As with dogs, so with people. Boo!

      March 1, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • rdc

      when you have done all then stand. this battle is the lords. jesus said it is finished.all those that chose can share in his victory.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  7. Ralph

    Rob is the pastor in a town where the reigning theology preaches limited atonement – that is, by God's design, only a select few can even be considered for salvation. While I deplore universalism, I have to admire the audacity of a man who will stand up against the prevailing Calvinism of Grand Rapids.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  8. Barney

    Religion is collective insanity. Until we are cured of it we will be doomed to a self created hell on earth of hatred and ignorance. If we just didn't inculcate into our children for one generation, we could virtually irradicate it from the world and save human civilization from the catastrophe toward which it is surely dragging us. Until you as an individual understands this and does something about it, you will be a part of this tragic problem.
    .

    March 1, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  9. Greg

    this will be a favorite church for rapists, murderers, and evil people everywhere. but really, this religion is no crazier than others who simply forgive sins before 1 dies. wake up, there is no just, loving god. look at all the pain and suffering in the world and tell me how a loving god would allow that to happen.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Chris

      your ignorance will be no excuse when you stand before God on your day of judgment. you have no idea what is waiting for you. but its not too late. praying for you.
      i would rather be me and be wrong than to be you and be wrong any day.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  10. radam82

    Phew! Glad I'm going to Valhallah when I die.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Nonimus

      I'm hoping for Elysium, since you don't need to die in battle, but to each his own.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  11. Nancy

    As much as I admired Gandhi, He was a man who shunned violence. He still did not give himself to Jesus,that I know, if he did not then he is in hell, harsh it is, but we are not God. God has is laws and ways that we do not understand completely until we die and one of them that we understand by the scriptures is Man is not Good or righteous no matter what works we dd or how much we give of yourselves. If you do not give your self over to Jesus, who was righteous and good for us, it is all for naught. You can't change scripture to make people more comfortable with the rules> God's way is eternal and he is going to start all over, we will have a King who gets it right the first time, who knows what he is doing because he is our creator and we will see real peace. I do not under stand, of all people that should know the consequences of changing doctrine are preachers and they do it all the time. There is a special place in hell for those who do it and lead so many astray with their Political Correct sermons. Reality is reality and it is not this physical world.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • aardman

      Nancy, how do you know these things? Did God talk to you?

      March 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Chris

      well said nancy.
      @aardman, we know this bc it is written in the Bible. pick one up and read it. you would be surprised at how much it can open your eyes.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • JJones

      "you'd be surprised at how much it can open your eyes"

      Really? Because you must've read it with yours closed. Even after the thousands of translations that have been written of a book that doesn't have an original version, the teachings of Jesus that are recorded there show Love and Forgiveness, not Hate and Eternal Condemnation. i'm sorry that i'm not a closed minded Christian that shuns everyone who's not in my club.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • GregJackson

      If Ghandi is in hell, then, quite frankly, I would rather be in hell with him than in heaven with a god who would condemn a man of peace and love, much like Jesus himself, to eternal damnation.
      That's the main problem with this whole, pointless argument. To me, it is wrong to place arbitrary requirements on eternal reward and punishment. The church's struggle with how to explain what happens to unbaptised babies, for example, has shown exactly how fallible the "rules" of who gets into heaven and who doesn't.
      I'm wasting my time. The honest truth is that Christ's message was basically Bill and Ted's message – Be excellent to each other, and Party On, Dude! Anything outside of that is man trying to control man, or someone trying to sell you something, or both, and picking, choosing, and twisting parts of the bible to do it.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • alsohere

      Hi Nancy,
      You seem to be following the biblical text pretty much right on. My concerns are and always have been – is the Bible right? This book says it is the word of God and condemns anyone who adds or takes away from it in Revelation. But have you studied how the final books of the Bible were collected and chosen to be included or excluded – those included are called the canon. (There are many books out there call apocrypha that for some reason weren't deemed Bible material) I am absolutely not saying that God couldn't create an authentic book of scripture using humans. My concern is was this God's making or church leaders who as humans tend to get things wrong for various reasons. Repectfully – shouldn't you look into the creation of the canon before accepting the entire Bible as God's word? Or perhaps you already have?

      March 1, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Nancy,
      You said, ‘….God's way is eternal and he is going to start all over, we will have a King who gets it right the first time….’
      So, are you saying God got it wrong but next time He will get it right? God does not make mistakes……………..

      March 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Demiurge

      So YHWH is a cruel tyrant who would rather have the cruel but obedient then the meek and loving but unbelieving? I'd rather be in Hell with Gandhi, Sitting Bull, and Siddhartha then in Heaven with Hitler, Martin Luther, and John Calvin.

      March 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  12. Patty Biller

    how deceived he is. Hell is clearly in the Bible. Which also states in the last days; men will be preaching doctrines of demons...

    March 1, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • John Richardson

      It may be in the bible. But it isn't in reality. I realize that a Christianity without hell is upsetting to who really, really get into wishing eternal torment on everyone outside whatever little subsect they inhabit. Oh well! I suspect that this "universalism" will nonetheless become more and more the norm as Christianity slowly gropes its way into the civilized world and discovers real love.

      Meanwhile, the Jehovah's Witnesses already preach a version of Christianity according to which true believers (ie Jehovah's Witnesses, of course) get eternal life and everyone else simply doesn't. Insofar as you have to be eternally alive to be eternally tormented, they thereby reject the more common Christian view of hell, which of course actually has a lot more in common with the pagan Greek view of Hades than with anything in the bible. Of course, the Jehovah's Witnesses are as anti-universalist as they come re who gets eternal life. But at least they don't come off like drooling monsters the way most Christians do.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  13. Chris

    Everyone needs to be calm until you have a chance to read his book and see what he ACTUALLY has to say about Christianity-Don't judge a book by it's cover! If you read the bible (All of it, not just the passages you want to quote) it paints a very clear picture about what God wants from us. Sins will not keep us from His presence, but not knowing His Son will. If we can agree to take this pastor's book in context, then we need to agree to take the book he based his faith on in context as well.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Actual Believer

      ATTENTION EVERYONE: Please calm down about this and don't rush into judgement. Rob Bell is a master at making people think. I just went to his website and saw the promo for the book. He doesn't say that hell doesn't exist. He's asking some excellent questions that i'm confident he'll answer correctly in the book in a fascinating way. This is what he does people. Everything that I've seen from him is theologically sound. Lets just wait tilll he releases the book at the end of the month. Have a blessed day everybody!

      March 1, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • bol-anon

      I'll bet his book will sell like hotcakes, syrup and all....that's just what this is all about...money, moolah, dollahs

      March 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Chris,
      If you read the whole Bible and keep it wholly as the Truth…you need to explain why one needs to repent of sins and be Baptized besides having faith in Jesus Christ. What you are saying is sin is ok in God’s eyes as long as you know His Son. Surely you know that is not true………………

      March 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  14. violinman

    The only path to salvation is belief in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on Calvary. Period. All others are doomed. Period, end of story, full stop. But belief in Christ isn't enough. More importantly Christ must belief in you. He tells us that many will come before the throne of judgement and say "Lord Lord I did all this in your name" and He will say "But I didn't know you." and cast them down. He recognizes His own. You are an eternal spiritual being. You have a choice. Today you have a choice. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and beg for forgiveness of your sins, or go along like there is no yesterday and that tomorrow will always come. But don't be fooled. Your morning will come and only you and the Lord will be there. What do you want to hear. "Well done my good and faithful servant." or "I did not know you." Eternity is on the line. What's your answer today?

    March 1, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • BullzFan

      ViolinMan, you are precisely the kind of unquestioning, blindly following sheep that the religious establishment absolutely, positively adores. Keep up the great work.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • John Richardson

      Ooooh, that second clause is rough, eh? In fact, I just spoke to Christ and he thinks you are a self-righteous, vindictive jerk. Looks like you lose!

      March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • Anglican

      Bullz. Faith or no faith. Seek and find. No seek, no find.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • rdc

      truth is found in his words. you quoted them. well done good and faithful servant. let he that has eyes to see and ears to hear what the most high is saying and doings in the earth.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • Matt

      You sir, are delusional. And I thought Charlie Sheen was nuts.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Mike. D

      You are everything thats wrong with Christianity, Period.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • JJones

      Yeah that's the best way to get someone to believe what you believe: scare tactics. Don't try and spread love and an honest desire to do good in the world (which is what Jesus preached) but tell people that it's better to be safe than sorry. I'm tired of hearing this disgusting argument. That's what's wrong with the Christian religion. A lot of Christians don't want to help others or show kindness, they just say," believe what i believe or you will burn FOREVER." Good job, very Christ-like.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • history

      Your beliefs came from John Calvin during what is known as the reformation, specifically around Zurich, Switzerland. What you are arguing is "pre-destination", the belief that "god" has chosen among all humans who are already going to be saved and who are not. Also, I can assume that you believe in the "inerrancy of scripture". I'm sorry to say that the first time this ideal, that is, the ideal that the bible is "perfect", came from the fundamentalist movements in the early 1920's as a response to immigration during that period. Earlier protestant beliefs argued for the "holiness" of scripture, but even they interpreted the phrases as abstract, and not in a literal sense.

      I doubt you even grasp what this recent history implies, but I couldn't let you say something so baseless and get away with it. Never posting on here again.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • JMR

      Yeah and let me know when Elvis gets here....

      March 1, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • CatholicMom

      history,
      The Bible was compiled by the Catholic Church almost 400 years after Jesus Christ’s ascension. The Bible is Truth and perfect. Some that read it twist it and now we have 38,000 differing beliefs, all saying the Word of God is Truth and their interpretation of the Word is the correct interpretation. The only true interpretation is the Catholic Church’s interpretation because She was given the Authority from Jesus Christ and He promised to bring them into the fullness of Truth as we can bear it. We have Sacred Tradition, the Bible, and the Magisterium which equals Christianity in its fullest measure.

      March 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Learner

      Funny ! 🙂

      March 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • HamsterDancer

      This makes it sound like I'm supposed to come to the Lord out of stark cold-blooded fear, not out of any love for Him and his Son. Is that how God wants followers to come to him? Becuase they are terrified? Sounds like a dictator to me, not the being of all Love.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  15. JDonaldson

    I also suspect he is a Warlock.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • LA

      My first morning LOL, thank you!

      March 1, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  16. jayh

    The ignorant are out in full force today – And I'm not referring to Rob Bell.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • bol-anon

      I am replying to one right now.....lol

      March 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  17. J Fritzl

    “I thought my people loved me and would walk through the valley of the shadow of death with me, but they didn’t,” Pearson said.

    ^ That is exactly what's wrong with all these paid clergies. In their mind it becomes about THEM, not about the religion. The people are THEIR sheep, THEIR livelihood, and so they take on airs and start to believe the people are in it for them. And then they're surprised when, if they deviate from the religion's tenants, the people reject them.

    Listen closely pastors: IT'S NOT. ABOUT. YOU.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:28 am |
  18. T3chsupport

    I think it shows trust in how 'loving' many people expect this god to be. Being sent to hell for eternity is not love. It's like beating your child for the rest of its life for messing up a couple times. If you were to attribute any logic at all to a being that supposedly created all of the logic of the universe, then you would be able to figure out that sending your charges off to be tortured for eternity really doesn't have any point to it whatsoever.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • A. M.

      You obviously don't know much about Christianity. You don't get sent to hell for anything you do. You go to hell for not accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. if you do accept his love and forgivness, He will overlook all your sins and wrong doings if you just confess your sins. Children of God don't go to hell. It's those who reject Him that go there.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • steve houston

      @A.M. – So, you have to accept Jesus, eh? So what about those who have never heard of the guy? Ie: American Indians roaming modern-day Wyoming 500 years ago. I have yet to EVER hear a plausible explanation from a Christian regarding this basic question. Clearly, they had no knowledge of Jesus, so they could not have accepted his offering of salvation. Where are there souls today, March 1, 2011. According to you, apparently in Hell since they didn't accept him.

      March 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  19. JDonaldson

    I think the problem with heretics is growing and something needs to be done.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • KellyinTx

      I agree – Let's stone them! So go ahead – you poiint out the heretics and we will all follow you! (See how stupid that sounds!!)

      March 1, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • jordan

      and what is that? start up the inquisition? All Christians can do is tell the truth and leave the results and consequences in God's hands.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  20. dma

    Christians have to believe in hell. It she the way they keep their subjects inline and obedient to their teachings. A loving god will send you to hell if you don't do it our way. But you do have a choice.Ha

    March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Dan Halen

      You're almost there. All you have to do is accept one thing and then you are covered. That's it.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Steve the real one

      Wrong! We believe in hell because Jesus taught about hell!

      March 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
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