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Rob Bell

Postby Resurrection Torchlight on Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:40 am

A while ago I asked for info on Rob Bell and in particular his video called "The God's aren't Angry", because the college group my son attends at our current church was showing it. I went out and bought the video and watched it myself and wrote a response to it.

So for any interested parties, here is my response it is rather long (I tend toward length to be thorough) I hope it might be helpful to anyone else with questions regarding this video and Rob Bell who is the founding pastor of the Mars Hill Bible church, not affiliated with the Mars Hill church who is Pastored by Mark Driscoll. Mark Driscoll in fact says that Rob Bell is part of the Emergent Liberals/ Emergent Village and that he does not believe the doctrines of the Bible such as the virgin birth, or a literal hell etc...

Rob Bell

in the video “The God’s Aren’t Angry” Bell makes the claim that "religion" came from the idea that "cavewomen" and "cavemen" realized that they were dependent upon forces beyond their control for their survival, which raises the question of whether he is an advocate of evolution? Out of that realization man began to ascribe these forces personalities, and eventually people began to make offerings to the gods to appease them so that they could keep these forces on their side. However people never really knew where they stood with these forces or "gods" so they began to offer greater sacrifices including their children and themselves. They devoted themselves to pleasing the gods. Bell says that "the altar (of sacrifice) produced in them a primal psyche, a deep rooted fear and anxiety in the bones of humanity" toward these forces that they were dependent on. He goes on to say that "History tells another story- the biblical narrative"(it’s just another story) which is woven among the other narratives and the story of Abraham which emerged from the Sumerian culture. He says the main message to Abraham was for him to leave his father's household and its old way of doing things (idols/sacrifices to the gods). The significance was that God was connecting with Abraham (mankind) while the "forces" did not connect with mankind. This according to Bell was a radical revolutionary idea, no one had ever thought this way before (what about Adam, Noah etc... that came before Abraham?) The story of Isaac showed that Abraham was not shocked by God's request to offer his son, that Abraham was accustomed to these ideas because this was the old way of appeasing the gods. But God in providing the ram shows again the radical new idea- that God is the one providing rather than the individual providing. (No mention of the symbolism related to Christ).
Bell then Jumps to Leviticus, and says that the offerings described within it also demonstrate the new idea that man could have peace with God . He says that the Sadducees ran the altar system and that they got rich off of it ,though he fails to mention that this sect is believed to have existed only from about 150 BC to AD 70. The source of their wealth was likely not through the sacrificial system itself, but came through the support of the aristocratic wealthy who sided with them on their political and religious views. He said that they would retaliate against any threat to their livelihood, which is why they took aim at the “Jewish Rabbi named Jesus” (no mention of His diety or any relationship to God). He states that the old system (law) was over and irrelevant. (Jesus didn't say that, He said He came to fulfill the Law so apparently it was very relevant). Jesus identifies Himself with the system, the Sadducees saw Him as a threat so they killed Him.
Quoted from the video:

"At every juncture He (Jesus) responds with nonviolence, why? Because the altar was a place of violence, it was protected and preserved by the Sadducees who used violence and an army at their disposal to quell or crush anybody who threatened the system. If Jesus in His path to the cross at any point resorts to violence, is He then offering anything new? That would be the same old violence we've seen. He is ultimately in His death asking extremely profound, provocative questions about the very nature of the altar itself. His non-violent resistance to a system based on violence was essentially His way of saying "What is your god like? Does your god need you to kill something so that your god can love you? Is your god somewhere in a bad mood and then you shed some blood and then all of a sudden then your god says "come here I love ya buddy".....Does your god need you to hurt something so that you and your god can have a relationship?

This guy seems to lack scriptural understanding, it wasn't that Christ was a pacifist, He allowed Himself to be led like a lamb to the slaughter, He purposefully became a victim of violence, it was the same old system, except that He himself was the sacrifice, so that He could fulfill the law and atone for sin once for all. He seems to think that the Levitical Law was just more of the same, not any different from the pagan rituals. There is very little mention of sin in this video, no mention of the need for atonement of sin at all. He makes a very big deal of the reconciliation that Christ brought through His sacrifice, more on that later.

Bell goes on to say that like Abraham Jesus was “pulling the culture forward” in a radical new way.” To the first Christians”, he says, “it wasn’t just a nice religious act”, they saw what happened to Jesus being killed by the “system” and then conquering the “system” three days later. He claims that the writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus appeared at the consummation of the ages to do away with sins by sacrificing himself. It was the start of a whole new era, an awakening of consciousness, that in offering himself, Jesus did away with the old system. Bell claims that the old system of offerings and blood sacrifices didn’t really do anything, the ritual didn’t change anything, that the sacrificial system and its rituals were unnecessary, that the blood of bulls and goats didn’t take away sins and was therefore was not done for God but rather for people’s conscience, he says that the blood (sacrifice) was “never for God, but to calm or sooth the human conscience. This he claims is what the book of Hebrews says, though he never actually quotes the passage, for that matter there was very little scriptural content in the video at all. But according to Hebrews he is wrong in his claim that the old system did nothing, it served as a shadow of what was to come in Christ. It also served as a reminder of sin. Hebrews says that the rituals of the law were “imposed”, they were imposed by God for the cleansing of the body, while the sacrifice of Christ was to cleanse our conscience from dead works. So Bell got this wrong, he says that the blood of the sacrifices did nothing, but in fact it was an act of obedience to a law ordained by God to cleanse the flesh of sin. It was the offering of Christ that cleansed the conscience.

Hebrews 9:8-14
8 The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing,
9 which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience,
10 since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;
12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Bell does not accurately portray the ritual of the law, he leaves the listener with the perception that the God of the bible showed up late, that He was a newcomer who showed up to reconcile the old system, by bringing peace between God and all things. He neglects to mention that God was present at creation, (I am not sure he even takes the creation account literally), nor does he say anything about Cain and Abel offering sacrifices to God, or Noah who offered sacrifices after the flood. What God was really doing was reconciling people to Himself, not the system.

Leviticus 16:15-23
15 “Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.
16 “He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the midst of their impurities.
17 “When he goes in to make atonement in the holy place, no one shall be in the tent of meeting until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household and for all the assembly of Israel.
18 “Then he shall go out to the altar that is before the LORD and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and of the blood of the goat and put it on the horns of the altar on all sides.
19 “With his finger he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it seven times and cleanse it, and from the impurities of the sons of Israel consecrate it.
20 “When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat.
21 “Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness.
22 “The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.
23 “Then Aaron shall come into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there.

Leviticus 16:29-30
29 “This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among you;
30 for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the LORD.

Bell fails to see that in order to have peace with God that the matter of sin has to be dealt with. The flaw in Bell’s thinking is that he lends legitimacy to the pagan rituals of sacrifice and offering by recognizing the act of the God ordained method of sacrifice itself is the thing that makes peace, and that it was done merely for the sake of conscience. Rather it is the sacrifice that cleansed the flesh from sin which in turn is the act that makes peace with God. Man was required to follow the law of atonement and then God would cleanse them from their sin. Man did something and God did something in return, man believed, obeyed and confessed and God cleansed so that peace could be between them, because man in his sinful state is at enmity with a righteous God. The blood was not for God it was for man, the pagan rituals were done for the “gods”, but the ritual of the Levitical Law was done for man.

Bell says that (direct quote from the video, parenthesis mine) “this raises all sorts of questions on repentance”.

“You will often run in, in religious communities and faith communities, to the idea that if you would just repent, then God would do something. So communities take on their own -if you would just step through these hoops, just go through these four steps (I assume he’s talking about the four spiritual laws tract) then God would do something. The early church believed that repentance was never if you would just do these things then God would do this, (rather) it was do you understand what God has done and you are now being invited to simply trust it. Repentance was never trying to get God to do something because God has already made peace with all things. All that is left to do as you become aware and awakened to the reconciliation of all things that has happened at the culmination of the end of the ages was to celebrate it, trust it.”

Bell goes on to claim that this trust in the reconciliation will in turn cause you to change the way you live your life. The natural response to simply acknowledging that God made peace with all things just happens, you will automatically begin to live a righteous lifestyle, in other words nothing is required on the part of the individual. He further claims that the point of ritual today is to ground us, to tap us into the peace that has already been made. That any gathering that points to guilt or points out all the ways we fall short is “not a Christian ritual” saying “I don’t care what language it uses to describe itself. The only proper Christ centered ritual is one that reminds you that refreshes you, that awakens you, that enlightens you, that opens you up to the God of peace with all things in heaven and on earth through this Christ, who offered Himself.” In this claim he is saying that anyone who claims that an individual is guilty of sin and needs to confess and repent is not promoting a Christian view.

In this video Rob Bell makes the “reconciliation” the central focus. It is the reconciliation that one must embrace, not a relationship with Christ. I can only conclude that Bell believes that all are reconciled to God, all are saved, and they only need to become “awakened” to the reconciliation. He seems to indicate that everything and everyone has been reconciled and is therefore saved. Repentance is not necessary. He makes no mention of the Holy Spirit, of Christ’s deity, of our guilt of sin. I assume he is referencing the following scripture, though again he never makes mention of it in the video.

Colossians 1:15-23
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—

Bell it seems ignores the verse that follows:

23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

He also seems to ignore all these scriptures among many others:

Matthew 4:17
17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mark 6:12
12 They went out and preached that men should repent.

Mark 1:15
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 13:3
3 “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Luke 24:46-47
46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Acts 3:18-21
18 “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

Acts 17:30-31
30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

The following passage in Acts says that the restoration of all things has not yet happened, that Christ has been received into heaven until the period of the restoration of all things. Which has not yet happened, but will begin to happen during the Millennial reign. Note also how Paul calls the people to repent and return so that their sins might be wiped away.

Acts 3:18-21
18 “But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

Paul expounds on this idea in his letter to the Romans, explaining that the creation will be restored, set free from its corruption when the sons of God are revealed in glory. Then all things will be restored to their original state of righteousness as they were before the fall.

Romans 8:18-23
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.

Furthermore Bell says that there is nothing more that anyone needs to do except recognize that everything has been reconciled, that God has made peace with all men, but the same passage he seems to refer to refutes that idea, first of all only those who are “in Christ Jesus” are not under condemnation, this would imply that there are those that are not in Christ Jesus who are condemned. Paul says that that Christ fulfilled the requirement of the Law (the atoning sacrifice) in those who do not walk according to the flesh, but walk in the Spirit. The mind set on the flesh is death, and hostile toward God and cannot please God. He goes on to say that those who are filled with the Spirit of Christ belong to God, those who do not have the Spirit of Christ in them do not belong to God. Those who have the Spirit are under obligation (something we must do) to by the Spirit, put to death the deeds of the flesh, the body (repent) so that we may live.

Romans 8:1-17
1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,
4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Paul also says earlier in this epistle that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but those who have faith in Jesus Christ and believe are justified by Him. They do not have faith in the reconciliation of all things, they have faith in the person of Jesus Christ, that He will save them from the condemnation of sin, because the blood of His redemption justifies those who have faith and believe in Him.

Romans 3:21-26
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

If as bell seems to indicate all one has to do is “awaken to the reconciliation” then why does Paul say that we need to be reconciled to God? Because reconciliation does not happen apart from Christ those who are “in Christ” are reconciled, they are the ones who become new.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

So what does it mean to be “in Christ”? It means to belong to Him, to believe in Him, to have faith in Him.

Romans 10:9
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Galatians 3:26-29
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Romans 4:4-5
4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due.
5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is
ted as righteousness,

Hebrews 11:6
6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

There is much more that could be said about the flaws in Bell’s thinking, we need to confess our sins, we need to humble ourselves, and we need to do the deeds of the word of God. It is not enough to simply believe that God has reconciled all things, or rather is reconciling the people of the world to Himself. James says that faith without works is dead, not that works save us, but that works are the evidence that the Spirit is alive and working in us to perform the works of God through us.

James 2:15-20
15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.
20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

Bell is preaching a different gospel, one that requires the individual to do nothing, it matters not what you do, what beliefs you hold all that you need to do is recognize and open up to the peace that God has made with all things. Yes he claims that it was through Jesus that this peace was accomplished, but there is no need to believe in Jesus, no need to turn from sin, no need to do anything, just believe in the reconciliation, and God is at peace with you. Bell is a Universalist of sorts, he believes that since Jesus paid the debt for all, that all are reconciled, he says nothing of the consequence to those who reject “the reconciliation”, nothing of judgment or justice only love and grace- there is no other side of the coin, others have pointed out that he is elusive on the subject of hell.

Christ himself spoke of condemnation and hell along with the disciples and Apostles.

Matthew 23:33
33 “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

Luke 12:4-5
4 “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.
5 “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!

Matthew 7:13-14
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 13:41-43
41 “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,
42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 “Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Matthew 25:30
30 “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:46
46 “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
5 This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.
6 For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire,
8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,
10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.

2 Peter 2:4
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;

2 Peter 3:7
7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

Philippians 3:17-21
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.
18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,
19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Revelation 21:7-8
7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Revelation 20:11-15
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Bell claims that the gods aren’t angry, implying that the God of the bible isn’t angry either. But scripture says that the wrath of God abides on those who do not believe in His son Jesus Christ. These passages point out that there are two distinctive groups, those who believe in Jesus Christ and obey Him, who are made righteous in Him, and those who do not believe who do not obey him who are not made righteous because of their disbelief and disobedience.

John 3:36
36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Romans 1:18
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Romans 2:5-6
5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Ephesians 5:5-7
5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
7 Therefore do not be partakers with them;

Colossians 3:1-10
1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.
8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—

What then should be our response to this foreign gospel preached by Bell? Those of us who do believe in a literal interpretation of scripture need to distance ourselves from him, to discourage others who are seeking for truth from following this man's teachings for he is accursed, a false prophet according to scripture. And we need to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and encourage others to do the same. Read and study His word so that you might recognize the counterfeit gospel, submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives, believe in Jesus, confess our sins, repent, and obey the word of God in our lives.

Galatians 1:8-9
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!
9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

2 Peter 3:10-18
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
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