There is a growing movement within Christian ranks, that of re-examining various long-held Church doctrines. One the most hotly debated is the idea of an eternal, burning hell, where unbelievers go when they die.
Lately, more and more Christians have stepped back to take another look at this theology. “Would a God of love really send anyone to an eternity of torment?” Or, “How can God infinitely punish for a finite amount of sin?”
Rob Bell, former pastor at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, MI, caused a controversy when his book, Love Wins, hit bookstore shelves and, in turn, the New York Times bestseller list. Yet, Bell isn’t the only Christian looking at the issue with new eyes. Author Jackson Baer has an upcoming book titled, What the Hell, in which he takes on the traditional view of hell.
Keep in mind that Baer still considers himself a Christian, believes in Jesus, and anticipates heaven. Even so, he has seen some of the cracks in the foundation and written what I consider to be a courageous book based on his findings. He has read and researched thoroughly and presents his case in a thoughtful way.
While I don’t agree with everything in the book, I am stoked to see more attention being given to these topics by open-minded believers, those who understand that individual thought does not necessarily mean the destruction of their own ideas. I applaud this book and encourage all of you to pick up a copy when it flies off the presses in early November.