Two things struck me about this book. 1- the author's difficulty in picturing "Jesus" as he put it. He refers to the Lord constantly as Jesus, a habit that permeates the Christian community. The early disciples never addressed Him as Jesus once in the New Testament. He said Himself that 'you call me Master and Lord and ye say well". The only seemingly exception is the case of the disciples on the way to Emmaus.
They had hoped that "it was He who should redeem Israel," but their hope had been shattered by the crucifixion. And now that he was dead, He was no longer "the Lord", but merely "Jesus of Nazareth."
We are told by the Apostle Paul that henceforth know we no man after the flesh; yea though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
We do not worship the gentle Jesus meek and mild foisted on the Church by the world. We Worship the LORD JESUS and owe Him the same Honor we show the Father.
Until true Christians , even those who write books, sanctify Christ as Lord in their hearts we can forget about any lasting genuine spiritual blessings coming our way.
Much that is "accomplished" by the church today is wood, hay and stubble. It will be tried as by fire and will be burned up .
2-The author sides with those Biblical "experts" who deny Hell Fire.
16 times we are told that the punishment in Hell will be by fire. This is only figurative language, many say.
If this is so, what will the reality be? As the Lord Jesus never exaggerated . He always told the exact truth.
If we fail to understand the total sovereignty of God we fail to understand much that is revealed in the scriptures.
Our Heavenly Father above everything else is The thrice HOLY God. The Seraphim in Heaven do not cry Powerful, or Almighty, or Loving three times
but HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. This means He cannot do anything that is not HOLY.
Those who are eternally lost in hell will be very aware they are there because they have rejected the only pardon available to them through the Lord Jesus.
And a Holy Loving God could not do otherwise or He would.
This book is great, it is a quick and easy read, but really delves into CONTEXT. The name says it all and by reading into our own opinions, feelings and beliefs we have placed God and his justice in our box. Filled with references, and TONS of scripture to back it up Chan and Sprinkle reveal not only what the BIBLE says about Hell, but why we should not take it lightly. A great read for anyone struggling with hell, questioning God's plan/heart, or to fight the Rob Bell mess we have been dealing with in our church.
Read 2 Timothy 4:3-5
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
Once again, Francis Chan gives a thoughtful and scriptural treatment of a key issue. This is an important book, more than an intellectual exercise, one that challenges us and encourages us to think biblically and treat people biblically. It is sobering.
If you believe in the authority of scripture, you will find this book to be a great help in understanding hell and how a loving God could possibly condemn anyone to an eternity there. Francis Chan, using what God has revealed in His inspired word, opens up the scriptures on this "hot topic". A valuable addition to your library.
I was hoping against hope that maybe there was a softer perspective of hell, one that was still entirely biblical. Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle approached the topic with a lot of humility and kept reminding the reader that this topic was not a theoretical doctrine but rather concerned the destiny of many people. My hopes were "dashed" and what I had thought about hell was almost entirely confirmed.
So this book was sobering. And it was a call to action, to witness, to live a life that draws others to Christ.
But for the grace of God, I would be headed to hell. It is a good thing to remember that.
This book is full of compassion while being real. I highly recommend it. But remember it is a book that needs to be approached with humility.