There has been a lot of discussion over who said what and what the Bible says about Hell. If you have taken note of the discussion, or are just curious, this book will interest you.
But there is far more at stake than the “Hell” debate, and Chan & Sprinkle make it clear right from the beginning. This is about more than doctrine; it is about the destinies of human beings.
Erasing Hell is not a direct response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins book that started the recent rounds of debate. While Chan & Preston refer to Bell in a couple of chapters, it is not a Bell-bashing book. It is an investigation into the biblical description of Hell.
Chan brought Preston in as a recognized scholar of the New Testament. Their approach is to setup the contemporary Jewish beliefs about Hell, how Jesus affirmed or repudiated those beliefs, and how Hell is described in the rest of the New Testament.
At the end of the book is a chapter of FAQs, questions that were skipped over the sake of expediency. Because these would be hanging in the mind of the reader, they took the time to address several of these.
Erasing Hell will refresh your heart for those who do not know Christ. It is about destinies, and will affect how you look at every person that passes you by each day. It is a vital, necessary read for all.
2 thoughts on “Book Review: “Erasing Hell” by Francis Chan & Preston Sprinkle”
In 2011 world population will reach 7 billion (vs. 3 billion in 1960). There are now approximately 2.2 billion Christians. Chan and Sprinkle seem to be saying that 4.8 billion people may be facing eternal hell.
Concepts of afterlife vary between religions and among divisions of each faith. Not all Christians agree on what happens after this life, nor do all Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or other believers. Rebirth, resurrection, purgatory, universalism, and oblivion are other possibilities…none of which can be proven.
Mystics of all faiths have more in common than the followers of their orthodox religions. True mystics realize that eternal life is here and now; it does not begin after mortal death. The age of Earth is said to be 4.5 billion years, of the Universe 13.7 billion, yet few humans live to be 100. Relatively, this lifetime is a mere speck.
Scriptures are subject to interpretation; people often choose what is most beneficial for them.
I hardly think seeing people spend eternity in hell is beneficial to anyone. This book and its review are not a debate of Christianity and other religious traditions, but an examination of one core teaching for those who claim Jesus and seek to be impacted by His life and teachings.
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