Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem
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Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem

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Everlasting hell and judgment, a lake of fire and brimstone-these mainstays of evangelical tradition have come under fire once again in recent decades. Would the God of love revealed by Jesus really consign the vast majority of humankind to a destiney of eternal, conscious torment? Is divine mercy bound up by the demands of justice? How can anyone presume to know who is saved from the flames and who is not?

Reacting to presumptions in like manner, others write off the fiery images of final judgment altogether. If there is a God who loves us, then surely all are welcome into the heavenly kingdom, regardless of their beliefs or their practices in this life. Yet, given the sheer volume of threat rhetoric in the Scriptures and the wickedness manifest in human history, the pop-universalism of our day sounds more like denial than hope. Mercy triumphs over judgment; it does not skirt it.

Her Gates Will Never Be Shut endeavors to reconsider what the Bible and the church have actually said about hell and hope, noting a breadth of real possibilities that undermines every presumption. The polyphony of perspectives on hell and hope offered by the prophets, apostles, and Jesus humble our obsessive need to harmonize every text into a neat theological system. But they open the door to the eternal hope found in Revelation 21-22: the city whose gates will never be shut; where the Spirit and bride pe4petually invite the thirsty who are outside the city to "Come drink the waters of life".

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 234
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X .50 (inches)
ISBN: 1606088823
ISBN-13: 9781606088821

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  1. Richie
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    Torn. Dangerous for the lazy reader. Great for the skeptical researcher willing to challenge his claims.
    February 14, 2018
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    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This book should be reserved for those willing to read skeptically with a pen to mark it up and do extra research to challenge his claims. After all, it is an argument for a Christian Universalist leaning view of hell and is not impartial. For some reason reviews in other places stated that the book was the most impartial, but the author jabs at every view but Christian Universalism. The only thing he does do is at least recognize that there are verses against what he believes, but that he does not know how to reconcile it.

    He does do an excellent job breaking down the many words for hell in both Greek and Hebrew. That was highly beneficial and brought insights that I hadnt recognized before.

    However, his arguments for his position were lacking. He didnt offer any serious counterarguments, which was unfortunate. I was able to quickly come up with arguments against things that he stated throughout. For instance, early in the book he argued that some of the instances of hell were metaphorical, and then later in the book, his belief in universalism hinged on the verse Her gates will never be shut, and he wrote as if he couldnt explain it away, when clearly, in the context, it could be a metaphor for the fact that the city will never have an enemy again, and thus expressing that the city inhabitants will eternally be safe, not that people will be rescued from Hell.

    There were even times when he tragically misunderstood a verses context. For instance, he was excited by the fact that a verse in the last chapter of Revelations said, The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. He acted as if this was a chronological event in the end times, that occurred in the afterlife, but that verse clearly is part of the closing of Revelations that was speaking of now. This was central to his argument, but it could easily be explained away, yet he never addressed that, which to me felt misleading after going back and studying the verse in context.

    I felt like I would get excited over a verse, and then be let down thereafter when I jumped in to study it and realized that his interpretation was incorrect. After all, we all want to see everyone saved. That would be glorious! However, as Christian, we have to see the truth, wherever it leads.

    That is why I worry that if someone were to read this that is a young Christian, or unable to jump into the word to study it for themselves, they would be easily swayed by the book. I would therefore only recommend it to the people that want to understand why Christian Universalists believe what they do, but be ready to read it with a skeptical eye!

    Am I thankful I read it? Absolutely. There was still a lot of beneficial things in it, and it forced me to seek the truth more fervently, but what made it beneficial is that I used it as a tool to do my own research. It alone would have only confused my beliefs without the extra research. Also, I would say that it is beneficial because it placed in me a hope for a maybe God will save everyone. Even though the facts dont seem to indicate it, that maybe in my heart is good thing.
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