- Paperback: 234 pages
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606088823
- ISBN-13: 978-1606088821
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem Paperback – January 1, 2010
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Bradley Jersak sets forth his case for a non-dogmatic, hopeful universalism with remarkable *BIBLICAL* insight. Make no mistake, this isn't the kind of wishy-washy sentimentalism that overlooks the seriousness of sin, holiness of God, and Jesus being the only way to God. Along with recent works by Thomas Talbot and Robin Parry/Gregory MacDonald, this book will surely enable the universalist position to be a legitimate biblical option among evangelicals - alongside the traditional view (eternal conscious torment) and the annihilationist position (conditional immortality). It's important to note that the author doesn't deny the reality of hell, just the nature, purpose and duration of it; and he does so non-dogmatically. This last point cannot be emphasized enough. The author concedes that the biblical data can be seen to teach the traditional view, as well as the annihilationist position. But what are we to do with the other verses?
I was both challenged and encouraged to read about the fact that God promised in Ezekiel 16:53 that he "will restore the fortunes of Sodom" (future tense), and yet Jude 7 informs us that Sodom serves "as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire". How are we to reconcile these two passages? By sticking to our traditions and minimizing the importance of the Ezekiel passage? Or by re-examining our traditions?Read more ›
My context: I come from an fairly conservative evangelical background in which I had little to no interest in a theology that allowed room for ultimate redemption or universalism. I remember when the book "Love Wins" by Rob Bell came out, just about every evangelical Christian was stirred up and many books were published in opposition to its message. I read "Erasing Hell" by Francis Chan when it came out a few years ago and was fairly satisfied with the information provided and continued on in my belief in eternal conscious torment. I am currently a Christian Scripture undergrad major.
Now, the book. This is perhaps one of the best books I have read this year. Being a topic of interest for myself (and anyone who is reading this review) I dove headfirst to see what information Jersak would provide. He did not disappoint. He goes in-depth on each word translated as Hell in English translated Bibles, moves into the historical framework of the Valley of Hinnom, looks at the beliefs surrounding Jesus during his lifetime, and moves into responsible exposition of Revelation 21-22. Also, a plus for some people (including myself), is that it is not written in exquisite scholarly language. He writes from the heart and with great rhetoric. This book is both solidly founded in scholastic research and written in an engaging fashion; this dichotomy can be hard to find.Read more ›
The great New Testament scholar William Barclay says "the truth of God should be penetrated deeper and deeper in our passing generations". "All things are possible with God", does today's church really believe this. Bradley Jersak proves that early church fathers such as Origen and Gregory of Nyssa believed it. They believed that God would eventually redeem all mankind through redemptive punishment and correction. Augustine's eternal torment doctrine was a direct rebuttal to the theology of total restoration. In light of Augustine's own dramatic born-again experience he felt that men would not seek true redemption if they would eventually be restored anyway.
One negative I find in such works that are trying to presume what God will do with each and every person is the breeding of spiritual pride and arrogance. Men like John Calvin were so sure of their theological position that they would resort to murder to fend of heresies. The truth is that no man knows for sure. At the end of the sermon on the mount Jesus warned that not everyone who calls him lord will enter in, but he who actually does what He says. That should be humbling for every professed believer.
The author does an in depth analysis of Revelation 21 and 22 showing that even after the elect enter into the New Jerusalem and sinners are cast into the Lake of Fire, there are still sinners standing outside the city after the fact.Read more ›
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In Her Gates Will Never Be Shut, Brad Jersak shouts from the rooftops, "permit me to hope!" I found myself in tears finding out how truly beautiful and loving God is in the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by matthew
Very thorough and comprehensive study. A must have for any pastor's library. Very encouraging!
All I can say is "Wow! I wish I could have had this kind of in-depth teaching back in the early days of my faith. Thank you once again Brad Jersak!Published 4 months ago by Terry M. Wildman
Mind blowing. This was the beginning of unraveling the understanding I grew up with of what God has instore for all.Published 5 months ago by Peter Honsalek
Such a pleasure to read carefully considered views which are presented by seeing what the Bible says. Most books I've read on this topic seem to say "this is the view. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you grew up with the standard evangelical reformed theology (which is a good portion of American Christians), you might want to get this book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael
Simply a "must read." Jersak offers an insightful presentation on eschatology along with a well-researched consideration of human destiny that is not dogmatic but that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jonathan P. Mitchell