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Love Wins

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

First off, I kind of like Rob Bell. I’m also excited about this book, and once I read it I’m sure it will inspire more thoughts.

Now to analyze.
The interviewer seems to assume that “melting hearts” means eternal salvation. I mean “melting hearts” must mean something, but I wouldn’t assume that Bell is saying that everyone will go to heaven. In fact, just by listening to his comments one would find that he admits the eternal fate of everyone to be speculation.
He says clearly that the actions of people here on earth are relevant. He does not say what they determine, or if they are the only factor. He admits that is speculation. I like Rob Bell’s words because he took God out of a box. The idea is “we don’t concretely know the unknowable”. From the first question asked to Bell you could see that the interviewer was trying to put God in a box. He is either this or that. Bell says it’s a paradox and we can leave as that, just fine. Bell doesn’t seem to concern himself with God’s stand on politically correct use of his omnipotence (which Bell never actually admitted to, though I do believe he would if asked plainly in a non-hostile setting). Instead Bell is focused God’s emotion for the individual. I believe that sums up the point of Love Wins. It’s an individual thing. There is no peg-hole leading into heaven that you have to fit into to. It’s not a check list. There is, perhaps, even an element of “I personally don’t know” to our theological pondering. I have a belief, and I will teach according to it, but if someone disagrees I do not assume that they go to Hell. In fact, I’ve narrowed down what I actually believe without exception to a short list.
1. Jesus is the son of God who lived a holy life on Earth.
2.He died on the cross as a love sacrifice for humanity, and me in particular.
3. Jesus rose from the dead, and for that people will be transformed by God’s love and love others. (not like alien robots, just like people living holy lives and what not.)

Do I have certain beliefs about nit-picky stuff like, should someone be baptized, and is cussing okay? Sure, I do. And, if someone disagrees I will try to persuade them, even learn from them. Perhaps my viewpoint is not entirely correct. But, I will not deny that person salvation.
Why? Because, Love Wins.

Assimilating God

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

This is not a new idea. Did you know they once had pope on a rope? WTF? I used to work at a Christian store, and I saw people spend hundreds on little nothings to decorate their homes with their ‘faith’. For a while it pissed me off, but then I realized, hey, at least a fraction of the profits go to support charity. But I wonder sometimes, is our assimilation of Christianity into our world really doing justice to Jesus’ words? I mean, if we buy a $40 printed picture of Jesus giving money to a poor person and hang it in our living room, is that really honoring the spirit of Christ? I just wonder sometimes, maybe we’re doing it all wrong. Maybe we shouldn’t try to make God fit in to our 7 automobile families, with a fridge stuffed with leftovers, still continuing to cook in excess, with 3 guitars, and $400 worth of movies sitting under my bed (I can only watch 1 at a time). When I read the bible I wonder sometimes why it doesn’t seem to apply to me. Instead of forcing it to fit my life, maybe my life should twist a little to look more like the peg hole I’m putting it into. Most of the New Testament doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s all about staying strong through persecution, and challenges to show this pagan world a just example of Christ. Or maybe, minus the persecution, it’s talking directly to me.

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