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Love wins; Bell Loses

March 16, 2011

I hesitate to give Rob Bell a platform on our blog.  Yet, I thought this was worth the risk of giving him more exposure than he needs.

Bell’s book Love Wins has created a firestorm on the blogosphere as people have attacked what seems to be his position of universalism, or that in the end God saves everyone because God’s love conquers all sin.  Remarkably, Bell denies being a universalist, and yet according to those who have read the book (admittedly I have not), universalism is the only conclusion that could be drawn.

In a recent interview with Martin Bashir of MSNBC, Bell was challenged on the biblical and logical consistency of his argument.  Bashir did something to Bell that Jesus often did, and that is expose the internal contradictions of falsehood and error.  Error, when reasoned to its logical conclusion, always ends with self-defeating and self-contradicting assertions.

For example, at one point Bell says that we can’t make pronouncements about the afterlife and then with his next breath makes pronouncements about the afterlife. Bashir rebukes him and says, “You can’t have it both ways.”

I have not read Bell’s book, so I am not going to say exactly where Bell is wrong. However, I will say that he is right as far as the title is concerned.  Love does win. Yet, when I watch the following interview it is clear that Bell himself loses. Love is true and there is no contradiction in love (in fact, the doctrine of hell does not distract from God’s love, it actually establishes it).  In this interview, Mashir exposes Bell’s arguments as false, and thus full of contradictions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. lfowler permalink
    March 16, 2011 2:51 pm

    Wait a minute…there’s a controversy? Who’s Rob Bell anyway? 😉

  2. J.Rogers permalink
    March 16, 2011 3:16 pm

    I’m encouraged and surprised by what Bashir says… To me thats the big surprise in this interview…

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