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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. --Craig Hart Online
"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 --Gerry Beauchemin
Gives lots to think about. It's worth the read and it would be great for a discussion group. Good job.Published 4 months ago by Bridget
It is about time that Christianity cleaned up its views on Hell, Sin, and Punishment!Published 11 months ago by John Dommisse MD
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Wild Bill
This book is well written and well thought out with a great message. I very much recommend it. God is truly merciful!Published 19 months ago by michael
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written! I really enjoyed this book! the truths written about are definitely;y mysteries hidden for some to find.Published 23 months ago by Allegra Leonard
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 morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Timothy J Moore
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 morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Robert Michaud