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Chapter 1 looks at different types of universalism and their notions of how nobody goes to hell. Much of the focus is, as the title suggests, on erasing hell from our minds as if it is not there. Sadly he seems to spend much time on arguing over whether or not hell exists, as opposed to whether or not anyone will be sent there. Clearly if it can be shown that there is no hell then it logically follows nobody will go there but even proving the existence of hell does not automatically imply that anybody will go there.
Chapter 2 seems to use an awful lot of words to say little more than "analogy, guys" and then feed into chapter 3.
Chan does make some good points, most notably about our tendency to recreate Jesus in a way that suits us (e.g. among white American Christians Jesus is typically portrayed as having blond or pale brown hair, white skin and blue eyes) and from there develops the point to argue (and rightly so) that we should be careful of forming mental images based on what we might like rather than on what is real (given Jesus lived in first century Judea the chances are he had jet black hair, brown eyes, olive-colored skin etc). Sadly even this good point is then somewhat lost among a tidal wave of analogies.
Sadly this book feels very much like something that was rushed to print, printed before it was ready, with the end result that it feels rather sloppy. I'm working through it with a couple of friends and frankly having done two chapters I'm not really looking forward to the rest of the book.
God Bless, RF Lorenzo.
When you read the title of this book you may assume that this book is about there not being a hell or a book about how hell is not real. That is far from the truth. "Erasing Hell" is all about what the Bible says about hell and why we should fear it and tell other people about it.
Hell is a frightening topic and people don't like to hear about hell or anything about being punished for their sins. In fact they can get very upset if you even mention a belief in Jesus as being the way to get to heaven.
Can people chose the wrong religion? (this will seem intolerant)
Will God save everyone in the end? (What is Universalism?)
Are there any Bible verses that say unbelievers will get a second chance after they die? (We would hope that wouldn't we?)
Is hell really a place of never-ending punishment and torment? (How could a loving God create such a place?)
These questions are answered in the best way possible with the evidence at hand. Much research has gone into the answers and the authors have had to deal with their own feelings on this matter without letting their views demolish the truth.
I've believed in hell since I was very young and watched many movies on hell as a child. I'm not sure children should be forced to watch things that I was watching because it really was terrifying. Even though I'd become a Christian before I saw the movies on hell I decided to become a Christian again. That is how much this topic frightened me. I still have a lot of fear reading this topic as an adult. Hell is truly horrifying and I don't want anyone going there for all eternity.
The only problem with this book is that no salvation prayer is given for the lost. That should have been the first consideration when writing this book. All the talk about hell does no good if you don't give people a way to escape it. If you read this book and you want to know how to get to heaven please read: Done.: What most religions don't tell you about the Bible.
~The Rebecca Review