Sunday, September 06, 2009
In Defense of His Faith
This is Rob's rebuttal to the criticism of his teachings and his faith.
I think Rob answers the question that converts have after "getting saved"..."Okay, what now?"
Jesus is more than fire insurance for the great beyond. That is how He has been packaged and sold, but a relationship with the personhood of Jesus is infinitely more than that. The kingdom of heaven can be here and now. I believe that is what Jesus taught, in addition to his teachings on the hereafter. He came to give us abundant life RIGHT NOW, and it is so much more than a list of rules. I don't think Jesus did all He did just so we could be obedient little children and finally do what we're told. There is more...so much more...and Rob Bell touches upon that with his books and conversations.
Faith, God, salvation...it is all mysterious. If we could easily pigeon hole and define God, would He still be God? Not in my mind. I think God invites us to delve into the mystery, and to be okay with not having all the answers. Some people fear that, and need to adopt an "I'm right, and if you don't agree with me, you're wrong and not as spiritually mature as I am" attitude. That saddens me. Is this all we have to offer this world? "Agree with me, or go to hell"?
I think when we get to heaven, we're going to find out that a lot of us were wrong about a lot of things, both the fundamentalists and the emergents. I think we'll be surprised by the company Jesus chooses to keep in heaven, and we'll realize that we had God figured all wrong.
There are some things we'll never know on this side of heaven. But one thing I am sure of...Love wins.
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