For me, Hell has always been a tough (if not the toughest!) Christian concept; more so than predestination and free will, more so than the doctrine of the trinity, more so than God’s eternal existence, hell has been a Christian doctrine that I have been forced to grapple with again and again.
A while ago, Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC) wrote a great article in which he gives 4 reasons/points for the importance of hell. (And he’s discussing the biblical idea of hell, not some namby-pamby, toothless version of hell.) You can read the article here – Keller on The Importance of Hell.In it, he makes some insightful arguments for the necessity, rationality, and validity of a very difficult doctrine, while also leaving plenty of room for the many mysterious aspects of eternal punishment. It’s short and to the point (very NYCish!).
With the hype and questions circling the Christian blogosphere due to Rob Bell’s new book, it’s worth the read and consideration…as is actually giving Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, a read instead of just talking about the 128 word paragraph from the publisher and a three minute video introducing the book. (Thank you Ben!)
(And yes, I do plan on sharing some thoughts about Love Wins once I finish working my through it.)
1. Green, J. B., McKnight, S., & Marshall, I. H. (1992). Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels