Hope Beyond Hell Fills In Gaps
of "Love Wins", April 21, 2011
By Phillip (usa)
This review is from: Hope Beyond Hell (Paperback)
This book is so timely in light of the recent
debate over Rob Bell's "Love Wins". It fills in
the gaps and answers the questions you might be left with
after reading Bell's book. I think "Love Wins" really
hit the Church broadside. If you have never considered the
view of Ultimate Restoration it smacks of "heresy".
Many people say as they read the book they felt a "check
in their spirit" against its message. Well, I hope they
do not give up on looking into this view because of a "feeling".
The Mormon's test for truth is "a burning in their bosom".
I plead with Christians to do more than listen to their feelings
and take up and read; "study to show yourselves approved
unto God". There's no question, Bell did not satisfy
people's questions. He only painted a picture to ignite a
discussion and to ask questions the Church stopped asking.
Sometimes I don't think we even know what questions to ask
since we have been so conditioned to not bring up certain
MY HISTORY: Just so you know, I come from a
very solid background of Evangelicalism. I came to this understanding
about 5 years ago through my own study of the Scriptures after
being challenged by some very thought-provoking questions
I had been confronted with in an online discussion. Gerry's
book was next and it was just amazing. He took all the parts
of my Christian history past (my journey from Arminianism
to Calvinism) and made sense of it all by showing that the
God who WANTS all to be saved is also ABLE! No more theological
conundrums! No more terrifying doubts!
Bell definitely struck a chord. But for many
people it left them hungering to know more. I have heard MANY
people respond by saying they WISH it were true as if they
must give up and leave it at that. Nothing could be further
from the truth! Gerry Beauchemin's book is the next step for
people desiring to know "if these things are true".
It is detailed, full of Scripture, and leaves NO ROCK UNTURNED
as far as your questions are concerned. It is Scriptural,
logical, organized, philosophical and personal...and for me,
devotional. I have wept tears of joy, repentance and worship
as I was confronted with the God who loves me, loves His creation
and holds me close to His heart and wants me to love what
He loves and care about what He cares about: the restoration
of His broken creation. Do not listen to the naysayers who
shout "liberal" or that there is no sense of judgement
or holiness in this message. To the contrary. What has occurred
in my heart since coming to this view can only be described
as, "holy". I have been so joyfully convicted of
sin in the context of God's love it has been overwhelming.
If this is not your response at first, then you have merely
been released from your prison of fear of an eternal hell.
But don't be alarmed, that's normal for most. Keep seeking
God. When you finally see Him as your Father and not a foreboding
threat ...He WILL come and fill you with a love for and an
obedience to Him you have never known before.
One last thing. This book is a must-read for
all Christians for the reasons I stated above. But at the
very least you must read it so you can have a authentic respect
for your Christian brothers and sisters who hold to this view
and for the very same reason you hold your particular view,
they find it Scriptural. You will at least understand how
compelling this view is for a growing number of Christians.