Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Bell Questions the Existence of Such a Place

It seems as though everybody and their sibling is commenting about Rob Bell's book "Love Wins,"  from Time Magazine to the Church of Christ Gadfly to the NY Times to the Young Anabaptist Radicals to Brian McLaren to Al Mohler to [indirectly] Why Evolution is True.  I am not going to join in because any one interested in such things can find Bell and his message most everywhere.  However, I do want to quote words attributed to Jesus regarding how folks will be held accountable:

All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

It would appear as though judgement doesn't have anything to do with dogma and doctrine and a lot to do with how one treats the other.


Bizzy Brain said...

For those of you who like to read the writings of crackpots, I also recommend Bruce Wilkinson.

Sick Sigma Sez said...

As a play on words, perhaps Bell’s version of John 14:2 could read, “In My Father’s house are many “mansons;” (Such as Marilyn Manson and Charles Manson.)

Steve Heller said...

For those interested, the verses quoted are Matthew 25:31-45. But, Doc, you left out the final and punchlne verse (Matt 25:46) "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."