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Rob Bell - “Love Wins” Dialogue (Part 1)

I’ve always stood by the belief that God never predestined people to hell. To accept the converse is to condone fundamental flaws in a holy belief system. Does God stamp a ‘hell’ label on certain people at birth and ‘heaven’ on others? No! However, God does know every possible outcome of every possible decision we face. Of course, this is just my heart speaking on the matter. Like many others, I’ve also questioned the origin of free will. Did God create this? Or is it linked to his nature? I would submit God didn’t need to produce free will, but rather imparted it to humanity from his essence – the truth of His being.

Rob Bell opens his book with provocative questions concerning our eternal destiny. In doing so, we uncover a notable divide among the faith: what ultimately saves a person from everlasting separation from God? Though Rob captures this well with a parade of ponderous inquisitions, he doesn’t present enough biblical truth to support Christian unification.

I anticipat…

Aim and Flow

“ 13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. 15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it.” ~ Romans 4:13-15

For a young person, interpreting this passage can be downright difficult. For aspiring enlighteners of truth, the sight of students drubbing fingers over lips can be rather frustrating. So when handling nutrient-rich Scriptures, the best approach is often the bite-sized version. So in the spirit of activating mental light switches, I present to you an in-depth look into the epicenter of Romans 4. Let the illumination begin…

First off, let’s dissect v. 13:
Is Paul downgrading obedience to an optional act? Absolutely not. Contrarily, as we will further discuss in this note, he is declaring the sanctity betw…