Do you enjoy watching people argue about theology? I betchya do! Pastor/Speaker/Writer extrordinaire Francis Chan is responding to Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” book, with his own book, “Erasing Hell“. Anyway, Chan, like Bell, made a short youtube video to arouse excitement about his book. He has an incredible heart and I look forward to reading his book. I’m so glad to hear this dude put so much emphasis on humility, but I gotta say I found cracks in a lot of what he said, so I thought I would video respond to his response!
Am I being nitpicky? Probably. But my fundamental problem with what Chan says in his video, I do not mention in this clip. If, as Chan suggests, God’s love and justice is so much higher than my feeble mind can comprehend, how can I know how to show God’s love? How can I know how to seek God’s justice? These are my two most basic callings in life as a disciple of Christ, and I can fulfill them because God has shown me how in Jesus Christ. I don’t think God’s love is that confusing and complicated. I don’t think that justice is that confusing and complicated. I think it was most clearly revealed in Jesus, and all of scripture points towards the four gospels, not the other way around.
How can Jesus love and forgive all his enemies but God cannot? That is a difficult question my friends. Let the pounding begin. What do you think?