Erasing Hell?

Posted: August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“If you are excited to read this book, you have issues.”-Page 1

I have finished Erasing Hell! It was a fantastic read, depending on your definition. It was convicting and biblically based! What I did appreciate about Chan and Sprinkle’s approach is that they were not out to attack Rob Bell or any other public figure who is not teaching the Truth regarding this subject of Hell or any other subject.

Chan takes us to what first century jews believed, to what Jesus taught, and what his disciples believed and taught. While, they did not attack those like Bell (even though this could have been an alright time to “correct” Bell), they examined biblically what God’s Word actually teaches about Hell.

God does teach a literal Hell. Does it mean it will be full of flames and fire? No, but that it is God’s judgment and the metaphors used in Scripture are most likely being the future of God’s wrath. Basically, you just do not want to go there as it is awful and full of pain and suffering! It cannot compare to any of the “hell” you think you went through in this life. Thankfully, Jesus came to save us. It is amazing that a God would do such a thing! What a loving God we have!

One question Chan kept asking is, if I really believe this, how should my life be different? Even though salvation is not up to me, God has chosen his instruments (us) to carry out his purpose (Romans 10:14)?

The final aspect I will briefly touch on is near the end of the book, Chan says we may not like this. We may “feel” differently, but we are only the clay and He (God) is the Potter. Does the Potter not have the right over the clay to do with what He desires? Should our desires not line up with His?

“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—”–Romans 9:20-23

Chan communicates some strong but necessary truth and topics that God talks about. This book is an excellent book and one I would recommend to anyone who is wondering or who is struggling with the doctrine of Hell.

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