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Chapter 7 and 8: My Response to “The Good News is Better Than That” and “The End Is Here”

With this blog post, I come to the end of my chapter-by-chapter reactions to Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins.” Mr. Bell had complained that people prejudged his book after watching his video introduction prior to the book’s release. However, I find, not to my surprise, that people like me have nothing for which to apologize regarding our supposed “pre-judging.” We were right. The video, again to no one’s surprise, was an accurate depiction of the book.

Rob Bell is a type of universalist. He tries to deny it, in the book and in interviews, by redefining universalism and then saying, “No, I’m not that.” See www.christianpost.com/news/rob-bell-denies-being-a-universalist-49417/ However, he undoubtedly believes that everyone will be saved eventually. To me, and many like me, that is universalism. What makes a person a universalist is universal salvation. The only way Mr. Bell differs with some other universalists is with the timing of everyone’s salvation. Other than that, he fit…

Bible edits: Mary a 'virgin' or a 'young woman'? - US news - Life - Faith - msnbc.com

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Bible edits: Mary a 'virgin' or a 'young woman'? - US news - Life - Faith - msnbc.com

What is your opinion of the new NIV? What translation do you use and why?

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood's reaction: http://www.cbmw.org/Blog/Posts/CBMW-Responds-to-New-NIV2011

Involuntary, unwanted, inescapable

Involuntary, unwanted, inescapable

“I date my break [from atheism] from a very casual happening . . . "

Note: back to Rob Bell's last two chapters after Easter. Happy Resurrection Celebration everyone!

As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God | Matthew Parris - Times Online

Rob Bell’s Love Wins: My Reaction to Chapter 6: “There Are Rocks Everywhere”

Citing the outer rim of the bull’s eye, Ephesians 1, God’s purpose, states Bell, is to “bring unity to all things in heaven and earth under Christ.” The specific verses, that he seems so hesitant to tell the reader over and over again, in this instance are Ephesians 1:9-10. To Bell, this means that “God is putting the world back together and God is doing this through Jesus (p. 148, kindle version).” What is curious is the context that he again ignores. Take the time to read Ephesians 1:3-14. I don’t think I need to tell my readers this but just in case, notice verses 12-13. “In order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:12-13 NIV).” So, the Apostles, including Paul, put their hope in Christ and the Ephesian believers heard the Gospel…