Mars Hill Bible Church Pastor Rob Bell has a new book coming out and it’s causing a ruckus. It’s called Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
CNN’s Belief Blog has the details.
The book hasn’t been released yet, but the publisher has released a promotional video. And it’s fueling allegations that Bell is a “universalist” — someone who believes that everybody is going to heaven and nobody is going to hell.
According to CNN, Bell refers in the book’s promotional video to
“the nonviolent Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, and asks, ‘Gandhi’s in hell? He is?’
‘And someone knows this for sure?’ Bell continues. ‘Will billions and billions of people burn forever in hell? And if that’s the case how do you become one of the few?’
‘What we believe about heaven and hell is incredibly important because it exposes what we believe about who God likes,’ Bell says ‘The good news is that love wins.’”
Well, the good news is that love wins and controversy sells. This is going to create some serious theological and literary buzz.