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Does hell exist? If so, who goes there, and why? Hellbound? is a probing, incendiary journey that ensures viewers will never look at hell the same way again.
For many people, belief in hell as a place of eternal torment for the wicked is an indisputable tenet of Christian orthodoxy. In their view, rejecting or modifying this belief is tantamount to rejecting Christianity, itself. But a growing number of believers disagree. They argue that we can have a loving God or we can have eternal hell, but we can’t have both.
Hellbound? is a provocative, critically acclaimed documentary that wades right into the center of this debate. Featuring interviews with controversial Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll; screenwriting guru (and atheist) Robert McKee; self-proclaimed exorcist Bob Larson; the purveyors of a "hell house" in Dallas, TX; "Oderous Urungus," lead singer of the rock band GWAR; and the notorious Westboro Baptists, Hellbound? presents a challenging, eclectic and entertaining mixture of views from across the theological spectrum. Approx. 84 minutes.
Vendor: Elevate Entertainment LLC
|Publication Date: 2013|
Keith Thomas3 Stars Out Of 5Universalism = Hellbound?November 15, 2015Keith ThomasQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3The DVD attempts to present the concepts of universalism in the context of a Biblical view. They state that they are attempting to provide a "balanced" video about the arguments but in all honesty it is heavily slanted to promote the view of universalism. The producers of the film have collected a wide range of people who hold to universalism including Rob Bell, Brad Jersak, Brian McClaren, Sharon Baker, Robin Parry, William Paul Young (The Shack), Frank Schaeffer, Greg Boyd, and numerous others. In juxtaposition, the producers interview members of the Westboro Baptist Church (yes, the whacko group), Mark Driscoll, Kevin DeYoung, Hank Hanegraaff, and a few others. In fairness, they present those who hold to the eternal damnation (traditional view) as being narrow, judgmental, staunchly Calvinistic and Fundamentalist.
In a backdrop of NYC during a 9-11 anniversary the question is posed.... "What happens to people God hates?" and "What percentage of people will go to Hell?" and to "What advantage does God gain sending people to hell?" The producers set a stage to make one think that we all deep down want hell because we want to rid ourselves of evil and to punish those who are evil. They communicate that people want hell to be true to because it makes us feel better more-so than that the teaching of hell (and eternal punishment) as being a Biblical view. It is obvious that they seek to promote the concept that ultimate universalism is not just a viable view but also a historically valid teaching that comes from the early church. They also make great efforts to present those who hold to universalism to be more compassionate and loving than those that hold to the eternal damnation view. Tragically, the producer goes so far to present the concept that those who hold to the Biblical view (eternal damnation) and those who are radical islamists who seek to kill as being on the same moral footing. They seek to assure the viewer that those who hold to universalism are equally committed to orthodox Christian views and are within the realm of Biblical Christianity. They simply have a different view of eternal destiny. Tragically, they present horribly weak Biblical proves that uphold the view of Universalism. Is there any wonder why?
This video would be good for a classroom setting in a teaching environment where you want to quickly expose people to the views of universalism. However, I believe you must provide scriptural evidences for the eternal damnation view to provide balance and biblical teaching. If you use this as a teaching tool, it would be a great tool to teach apologetics that support the eternal damnation view and what the dangers are of teaching universalism. Students need to know the arguments and be prepared to defend the Biblical view!!! What does the Bible say about eternity and death? What are the risks of teaching universalism? (besides that it is non-traditional) This video is heavily slanted and presents the universalist view as positive and Biblical. Know this in advance. I give it 4 stars because it presents the arguments for universalism well (in a very popular sense) not because I believe it is Biblical.