Rob Bell Interview

18 Mar
Rob Bell

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Listen to Rob Bell as he is hit with hard probing questions, stumbles to make a point but unable to do so, responds to  a straight forward question by contradicting the writings in his new book , articulates ambiguity while trying to appear to be certain, implies Truth is actually un-true while absolutes are absolutely unknowable, eternity is important but clear answers are simply reduced to a confusing conversation without clarity of conclusion. 

Bell hides behind being a  pastor as why has no real answers all the while assuring us that  grace gives people room to work through “atrocities of life!” on their own but “clearly” wants us to  trust him  because he “absolutely” believes that  love wins. Even though he can’t actually tell us from what and is clearly unable and unwilling to articulate anything akin to Paul’s glorious gospel.

Rob nuances his way through the reality that he is bankrupt of concrete answers to real life issues but wants to assure us that he  is a man who can ask lots of questions. 

I think I  have heard his voice from somewhere in the ancient past. Yes, it has the same  hissing whisper that  loudly  asked the first undermining question, “HATH GOD SAID?”

Thats it, Bell is really Beel-zebub!




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8 responses to “Rob Bell Interview

  1. Darren

    March 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Lunch was served.

  2. Erik

    March 19, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Game. Set. Match.

    Rob Bell looked like Joel Osteen when Larry King interviewed him; evasive answers. However, Martin Bashir didn’t throw softball questions to Rob Bell like King did with Osteen; nope, Bashir put Bell into corner and demanded an straightforward answer, something which Bell couldn’t quite provide.

    Honestly, Bell looked completely shocked at the questions from Bashir and stumbled around just hoping the interview would lighten up a bit or better, just end mercifully.

  3. ken

    March 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Hello Fellow Christians.
    There is a lot left to say yet about the actual accomplishment of salvation. The scripture says, as most know, that ALL must appear at the judgment seat of CHRIST. I hear that Christ said, father forgive them, they DO NOT KNOW what they are doing. I also hear and read, HE CHANGES NOT.

    God is not the father of unforgiveness.

    Self right ideas about what the judgment God gives through Christ may become very troublesome for people who are not understanding that if we do not forgive men ALL their trespasses, neither will we be able to find forgiveness “in our selves” because of our inability to even accept the possibility of forgiveness to “all people”.

    This does not mean that anyone can do anything they want which is what many think the word about salvation to all allows if it is to all. In other words, what is entailed and written of in the scriptures about the ACCOMPLISHMENT or fulfillment of the “condition” of eternal life is not understood by most who believe “they” are saved just by saying a few words. That in fact is only the beginning of salvation unto the establishing of eternal life in each one.

    We have to be a believer first of course, and all who are saved SHALL believe FIRST. But that is not the end of the matter, even for those who are presently what we understand as Christians in the world.

    Whether anyone dies or lives we ALL shall stand before and at the judgment seat of Christ. ALL.

    It is at this judgment seat that we actually become able to STAND {resurrect}. The belief that simply saying a few words relating to belief in and about Jesus Christ is not what salvation is. As we know, Jesus said, if we hear HIS WORDS and do not do them, we are built upon the sand.

    In Noah’s day those who were told how to survive the flood, by getting INTO the ark, but did not believe, eventually believed when they actually began to see and receive the flood upon themselves. Scripture says it will be the same today. The “flood”, and also the coming of Christ in actuality, will and does remove the “UNBELIEF” in the coming, wouldn’t it.

    When Christ comes to one THEN they become a believer. Without HIM we can do NOTHING.

    There is real positive and clear answers for pretty well everything today, this being the time when there is nothing that has not been revealed or understood is being revealed and understood. There is still only salvation in Jesus Christ, but as John says in 1 John, we SHALL {and in fact must be} LIKE Him when we finally see and understand him as he really is.

    We are said to be given the gospel of the SPIRIT that GIVES life, and not the letter that kills or speaks of killing and affliction and sorrow and death. Why would that be so if God causes affliction and so on?

    The answers are available. If any one thinks so and wants to talk about them, then feel free to ask and see what is presented. These things are taught by God within each person and not taught by natural minded or natural men. As scripture says, we are {now} to be taught personally by the Spirit and need not that any man should teach us. We can share perhaps, but who confirms the truth IN US is OUR father.

    The scripture does say, when we pray we are to say OUR father. Everyone must be fathered by God personally. That is when salvation actually begins to become a fact.

    God bless in the love of Christ.

  4. IamMe

    March 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    This guy was asking leading questions, clearly intent on cornering Rob,
    in answer to one of his questions: God is all-powerful but he cannot force the human will. so it is up to us how long it takes for us to learn from our mistakes.

    • IamMe

      March 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

      I meant “closed ended” questions.

      It’s actually difficult to debate or ‘argue’ about a subject that people automatically think your motives are wrong as to why they believe it & I can’t be so tolerant as to entertain such behavior when I know I’m right.
      I find it is easier for me to simply recommend a book that explains from the scriptures & scholarly research the origin & history of the doctrine of everlasting punishment.
      I have a pdf version. here is a website that has it in html.
      I offer it in genuine kindness, do with it as you will. 🙂

  5. RGH

    March 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    FYI Iam,
    The questions posed to Bell involve the theological issue of theodicy. They have been posed from ancient times.
    You can find the term in most theological dictionaries, in Romans 9 commentaries and apologetics sources. As he has done with all definitive doctrine, Bell has thrown out all historical definitions and answers to the questions asked. He would rather say God is paradoxically self contradictory in his character. Bell is uncomfortable when he isn’t the one asking his goofy questions.
    “Theodicy (pronounced /θiːˈɒdɪsi/ from Greek theos – “god” + dike – “justice”[1]) is a theological or philosophical study which attempts to justify God’s (largely in the Monotheistic or Abrahamic sense) intrinsic (or foundational) nature of omni-benevolence (all loving), omniscience (all knowing) and omnipotence (all powerful), despite the existence of evil which would otherwise stand to refute God’s existence (See the problem of evil).”

  6. Mike Young

    April 4, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Unclear? how could he have been more clear. “I am not a universelist” What more do you want. Second, scripture tells us that Jesus wnet to hell to minister to the sould of the dead. Problem…Hell if it exists, exists outside of time. We know this both from scripture (hell is eternal, and eternity is not a duration because duraiton requires time and time is a part of our universe which is how god can know future events) and science (time is a part of the fabric of space. So, If jesus does that…who was there? those who dies before jesus came? thats not right because that is a tensed answer and hellis outside of time (see science). So, if we do know that Jesus ministered to people in hell once. he could do it again. whether or not peoplelisten is another matter, but none of that entails universelism.

    • Dave

      July 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Jesus went to hell to preach to those who died in the days of Noah. 1 Peter 3:18 to 20.

      Thus, not everyone gets a second chance.


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