You can’t argue with spirit but you can argue that Rob Bell has done a remarkable job bringing God's love to life. Yes, love wins in this worthy work of theology and non-fiction, a book I can see some Christians calling heresy or science fiction.
In Love Wins we meet a small cast of characters in a small tome with a big mission tackling the existence of eternal hell or the lack of it according to author, pastor Rob Bell. We meet and greet and spend a lot of time with the greatest wordsmith of the Bible: Saint Paul who predates early Church fathers who filled books with philosophy and logic that changed the course of Christianity in Europe.
Love Wins is a remarkable, easy, interesting read that I am glad I undertook without expectation or previous knowledge of the author.The problems with the book were more editorial and less literary or theological. Perhaps Pastor Bell should have checked with rules for writers which advises writers to avoid short sentences especially when they create fragments. Ouch! I am sure that Bell sought to inspire with poetry and poetic license, but I found it distracted from his central and solid message about God's unconditional love for his creation: man.
Timelines and talk of time fills Bell book; including but not limited to what happens after death and the meaning of time, eon, “foreverness,” time contraction and dilation. Pastor Bell writes beautifully about the impact of time as we know and understand it from pages 57-59 and even waxes Einstein-like in summary on page 59:
We live in several dimensions.
Up and down.
Left and right.
Forward and backward.
Three to be exact.
I get it — but does he mean it or does he just like the way it sounds? Because surely that segment does not hold up to editorial scrutiny — proof when the lines are highlighted as sentence fragments, poetry maybe, sentences never.
Fragments aside, let’s take a faithful look now at Bell’s hammer on the mountain: trust. We are asked to trust that God’s timeline is infinite, so far so good. Not only do we move and have our being in him but God throws in eternity (from page 59):
Eternal life does not start when we die;
it starts now.
It’s not about a life that begins at death;
it’s about experiencing the kind of life now that can