Rob Bell, pastor of a 10,000-member church in Grand Rapids, has written a book that is stirring controversy among Evangelicals. It is called Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
The controversy centers on the doctrine of Heaven and Hell. Questioning conventional interpretation, Rob asks: "Will only a few select people make it into Heaven [while]billions of people burn forever in hell? And if that's the case, how do you become one of the few? Does it really make sense that God is a loving, kind, compassionate God who wants to know people in a personal way, but if they reject this relationship with Jesus, they will be sent to Hell where God will eternally punish them forever?" Bell arrives at the conclusion that, in the end, love wins.
Now, let me say I have no issue with people asking hard theological questions—especially when it comes to exploring the character of God. And not having read his book, I don’t know exactly what he means by “love wins.” But if Rob Bell wants to investigate the limits of God’s love, he need look no further than the Cross upon which Jesus died to save men from sin, death, and yes, Hell. I believe an alternate title for Rob’s book should be “Love Won”.