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Who'll Be in Heaven & Who Won't? Paperback – October 18, 2012
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As he writes in the introduction, "The aim of this book is to evaluate what the Scriptures actually say on the subject. The goal is to communicate critical ideas that for the most part are not appreciated by the vast majority of the religious and irreligious alike." (Page xvii)
The subtitle for this book reveals the contents: "Many "Christians" will be lost. There will be heathen in heaven. Catholics will be there. You'll find Muslims there. Many Jews will be in heaven; many won't. Many religious leaders won't be saved."
The teaching in this book is straightforward and easy for every reader to understand. As Dr. Carlson writes near the end of the volume, "God continues to call people from all over the world who are willing to put their trust in him, follow him, and thereby enjoy eternity with him surrounded in unimaginable splendor. That's what life is all about." (Page 102)
I enjoyed reading WHO'LL BE IN HEAVEN & WHO WON'T? and I recommend it.
Carlson says a lot of things that have been said before by evangelicals and Christians who have addressed this question. Carlson himself acknowledges this, for he quotes renowned Christians, such as C.S. Lewis, Dallas Willard, and J.I. Packer (not that they necessarily agree with Carlson’s views on this question in their totality). Carlson says that God knows the hearts of those who never heard the Gospel, and that God will judge them by what they know and whether they searched for God. In some cases, God may reward their search for truth by giving them more explicit knowledge of the Gospel. For Carlson, doctrine is important, but so are attitudes. There are Christians who are proud, exclusive, and unmerciful, like the Pharisees in the Gospels who Jesus said would not enter the Kingdom of God. Carlson has his doubts that these Christians will be in heaven.
Carlson appeals to the example of Job as a righteous man who responded to God, before God’s revelation of the Torah to Israel and the coming of Jesus Christ. Carlson believes that there may be people like Job today: people who never encountered a Bible or heard about Jesus yet respond to the light of general revelation (i.e., nature attesting to a creator, or conscience).Read more ›
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I was very concerned about the contents of the book. Some of it was good but I would definitely urge others to read it with extreme caution.Published on August 11, 2013 by Gabby.archibald
This book presents a unique global view of God's grace, while maintaining the spirit of the Gospel. Jesus is at the very center.Published on July 8, 2013 by geri ehrlich
Carlson's book is filled with erroneous teachings and very poor interpretation. He cherry picks Bible passages independent of context and reads his own meaning into them for... Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Wordsmith
I don't know I would agree with everything put forth in this book, but the opportunity to examine many subtle assumptions was presented. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Martin W. Paluch