The quote I would like to highlight is:
“What you believe about Heaven and Hell is very important because what you believe about it says what you believe about God.”
Turns out, it was the only thing everyone could agree on this video. We had a blog and a tweet stating “Farewell Rob Bell”. We had interviewers challenging him. One quote from Martin Bashar: “You’re Amending The Gospel So That It’s Palatable”
Enter Francis Chan. He along with Preston Sparkle wrote a response book called Erasing Hell
His calm demeanour and reflective behaviour, and yes, a piano is trying to calm you down. He also stresses the importance of this topic by stating: “We can’t afford to be wrong”.
The emotions of the debate have calmed down. With that, I can now approach this discussion with some calmness and reflection. And I now have the book Erasing Hell.
Both books (other than the notes) are 5 pages off, with Love Wins being a little bigger with 197 pages. Also, both have 8 chapters with an introduction. Erasing Hell includes a chapter from the book Forgotten God which Chan wrote. So both are quick and easy reads. That doesn’t mean there weren’t things to chew on. It’s just a quick read.
I’m actually working on a review for a friend of mine who wanted a thorough review of Love Wins. In doing this I couldn’t do the book justice by simple review.
When thinking about this, I felt it best to do it this way: I’ll break it down in a series of terms of comparisons to get a better definition of what both Chan and Bell are saying about the topic. I’ll give my thoughts on those and where I agree, disagree or at points think there is points missing by both.