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What the Hell: How Did We Get it So Wrong? Eternity, Grace, and the Message of Love [Kindle Edition]

Jackson Baer
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Book Description

What if everything you've been taught about Hell was wrong?

Many Christians think that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and those who
don't believe in Him will spend eternity in a literal and burning Hell.
Is this what the Bible teaches?
Will the majority of mankind spend
eternity in torment because they rejected God in this life?

"What the Hell" will show you what the Scriptures clearly teach about this subject
and where this idea of Hell came from. It's not about winning or losing
or even changing the Christian faith. It's about the honest pursuit of

Editorial Reviews


"What the Hell" by Jackson Baer is a well written story-like presentation of God's unfailing love for all humanity and how it relates to God's judgments. I could identify so well with His story. He writes in a simple, non-confrontational, entertaining way for people of all backgrounds, yet is very profound. He has a humble and gracious spirit. Prayerfully read this book before the Lord and discover God's inexhaustible love for you, your loved ones, and for all humanity. "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things" (Rom 15:13 NKJV). I thank God for the beautiful feet of this author.

- Gerry Beauchemin director of "Dental Training for Missions" and author of Hope Beyond Hell

From the Back Cover

Many Christians think that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and those who don't believe in Him will spend eternity in a literal and burning Hell. Is this what the Bible teaches? Will the majority of mankind spend eternity in torment because they rejected God in this life? "What the Hell" will show you what the Scriptures clearly teach about this subject and where this idea of Hell came from. It's not about winning or losing or even changing the Christian faith. It's about the honest pursuit of truth.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X2VI1U
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118 of 140 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What the Hell Paperback by Jackson Baer November 19, 2011
I wanted to like this book, I really did - it reads great - very easy to follow, Mr. Baer has a pleasant tone, but ... from a literary standpoint, it left me wanting. I gave this book 1 star because I find it theologically unsound and I would not want anyone to read this book.

First, the jacket notes of the book say, "Jackson Baer has a Bible college degree in youth ministry and has been a youth and teaching pastor for seven years." Now, Mr. Baer may not like to toot his own horn, and I will the first person to say that a "degree" in anything doesn't mean you know what you're talking about. But, I don't recall the last time a "pastor" didn't brag about where he went to school what church he is in now, or what his degree is in.

The next thing the jacket notes say is, "This is his first book and it comes from the passionate study encompassing the past four years of his life." This is where my confusion starts - a four year "passionate study" in my mind involves interviews, reading countless books and prayer... it means "study." And if I were the teacher who received Mr. Baer's paper I would have given it back with huge red ink that says "SHOW YOUR WORK."

This book has no notes, no end notes, no bibliography... no nothing. I have no idea WHERE Mr. Baer got these ideas. Mr. Baer says he did this on purpose to "create an introduction" and yet if that were the truly the case he has given people with questions no place to go.

Let me give you some "for instances" of what I didn't like. First, Mr. Baer makes many unsupported generalizations: "Many of the Old Testament stories are simply metaphorical and didn't actually happen. This belief might sound heretical to some Christians, but it's also a valid interpretation." (p.69)To who? Show your work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed This Book June 24, 2012
By Bryan
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I just wanted to take a minute to offer a review of Jackson Baer's book, What the Hell. It was very well done and easy to read. I enjoyed how he used personal analogies, close to home to convey his message. The author has a knack for bringing the message of Inclusion in a gentle and interesting manner. He never tries to overwhelm the reader or force feed a doctrine, but is gentle and meek with his approach, just like the Savior was when he shared with the masses.

I highly recommend this book for those that have never heard that God is the Savior of ALL men, and may not be aware that eternal torment is a tradition of men, that started in the early 6th century, so that the clergy could control the laity. I want to thank Jackson Baer for taking the time to write this book, and definitely look forward to his next one.
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42 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Questionable November 11, 2011
All in all I think the book was an interesting read. The grammar is
great. You keep the audience intrigued and yet I am disappointed. I
was hoping for a great book about the doctrine of eternal damnation
and hell. The following is why I am disappointed and I have to say it
is why I am disappointed in many things.

1. I am confused on whether this is argument, rhetoric or opinion.
The book does not define itself.

First off you start off the book with 2 statements that cause an
instant alienation for me. The first one is when you bring the
political stage into the discussion with the sentence "The republican
and the democrat, and the independent." This statement whether you
intended it or not just lost you 80% of your audience. The only
people that are left are White Middle to Upper class Americans. Stick
with your original sentence structure and do what the Great Commission
says and preach to the world not to America. I am hoping you are
understanding what I mean by this.

The second is the fact that you state you are 'by no means an expert'.
I have two problems with this statement. You have 'put in thousands
upon thousands of hours studying this doctrine' I am not sure if you
are being pheseasis, allegorical, metaphorical or truthful but I am
sorry it is just not possible for a young man of your age to put in
thousands upon thousands of hours. Let alone the fact that most
'Experts' (to use your phrase) have only put in hundreds upon hundreds
of hours. You do realize that a person who works a 40 hour work week
spends on average 168 hours a month working. So lets round down and
for simplicity sake that person spends 1000 hours a year working.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Jackson Baer's, "What the Hell: How Did We Get it so Wrong?" is a very good book on Christian Universalism (CU). Jesus said that you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). This book articulates the truth of CU of which Jesus spoke. CU is not rocket science; it is as simple as understanding the love of a devoted mother or father. The love of their parents is something children can feel even before they can understand language. Jackson wisely uses the analogy of parental love in this well-written thought-provoking book. If you are living in a spiritual/emotional prison, due to fear of God and eternal torment in hell fire, this all-loving conception of God will, indeed, set you free!

I stated in my book, "Christianity Without Insanity: For Optimal Mental/Emotional/Physical Health," "Just as surely as the grass is green, the sky is blue, God is in heaven, and Christ is Lord, Jesus taught Christian Universalism." The apostles preached CU and the early church believed and proclaimed it for over 500 years! So, how did the Christian Church get it so wrong? It did so by becoming the state church of the Roman Empire. Thereafter, control-freak emperors and power-hungry church officials conspired to control the masses, by using fear of God and eternal torture in hell. Sadly, today almost all Christians have been taught and believe that the Christian Church has always believed in eternal torture in hell. Baer's book is one of a growing number of books on CU that is setting the record straight. That is why the spiritually liberating message in Baer's book merits a 5-star rating.

Boyd C. Purcell, Ph.D., Retired Hospice Chaplain
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars God is pure Love!
It is about time that Christianity cleaned up its views on Hell, Sin, and Punishment!
Published 1 month ago by John V. Dommisse MD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good questions to ponder .... and to resolve
Published 2 months ago by John L Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that makes total sense, and is scriptural to boot!
The subject of hell is one that has interested me for decades; I knew there was no eternal torturing hell - maybe annihilation, but absolutely no incessant torturing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wild Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book is well written and well thought out with a great message. I very much recommend it. God is truly merciful!
Published 9 months ago by michael
1.0 out of 5 stars Heretical Garbage
When I read what this book was about, I thought of the Scripture, "professing to be wise, they become fools." Hell is real. There is one way to avoid it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME TRUTHS
Very well written! I really enjoyed this book! the truths written about are definitely;y mysteries hidden for some to find.
Published 13 months ago by Allegra Leonard
1.0 out of 5 stars "What the hell" is actually my response to the author
This book is a hermeneutic train wreck. I don't mind people re-examining traditional Christian doctrine based on a re-examination of the Word. In fact, I encourage it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Timothy J Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Intro
Very good introduction to the subject for those who are not heavy readers. I enjoyed reading about another brother's journey through this sometime challenging issue. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert Michaud
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.
I agree with most of it but am disappointed with his commentary with Revelation. It's conclusion didn't feel conclusive. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Christian Universalist
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Very interesting, a little controversial, makes you think, brings up questions. Don't know if I agree on everything but enjoyed reading and have things to think and pray about. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael Donahoe
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Author of the literary suspense, "The Earth Bleeds Red" (Oct '13). Signed with Pandamoon Publishing and currently writing a literary psychological thriller: "The Lights Will Never Fade." Penned the highly controversial, theology/philosophy book: "What the Hell" (2011).


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