Jesus summed up the Gospel message this way: "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John )The Gospel message absolutely emphasizes eternity.
Scripture points to everlasting life in paradise for those who believe in Jesus, and eternal punishment in hell for unbelievers.
The book has drawn much fire from prominent evangelical leaders, with some accusing Bell of heresy."Will only a few select people make it to heaven? And will billions and billions of people burn forever in hell? "In the video, he states that the good news is that "love wins."Justin Taylor, vice president of editorial at Crossway, criticizes Bell as appearing to be promoting universalism.
The Seattle pastor calls on people to look at what Jesus did on the cross and how he suffered for the ungodly sinners and his enemies."Or, to say it another way, Jesus suffered and died for mean people.A God who will suffer and die for mean people is not mean," asserts Driscoll.It's almost as if Joel views guilty feelings in this life as being a worse fate than going to hell for eternity.After all, this was the reason he gave for not preaching "hellfire and brimstone."Jesus, on the other hand, stressed the unending benefits of heaven and the relentless suffering people experience in hell. And it's good news that affects not only this life, but more importantly, your eternal existence where you will have both an immortal soul and an immortal body.And it allows us to gaze through a telescope of sorts into the future.
Jesus revealed that believers will make it into heaven, while unbelievers will suffer in hell.Osteen responded to Tracy's question about hell by saying that his positive message is based on the sense that "most people are beaten down enough by life.They already feel guilty enough."It was certainly a curious comment.So what gets subtly sort of caught and taught is that Jesus rescues you from God. Respected evangelical pastor John Piper tweeted on Feb.26, "Farewell Rob Bell."Driscoll tried to stay away from the fray by not naming names, but he makes a strong case against Bell's alleged universalistic view and the argument that God cannot be loving and send people to hell at the same time.In a recent interview with Joel Osteen, Tracy made no attempt to be politically correct.