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Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity,…

Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up (edition 2011)

by Francis Chan, Preston Sprinkle

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How could a loving God send people to hell? Will people have a chance after they die to believe in Jesus and go to heaven? With a humble respect for Gods Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. Theyve asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just dont want to believe in hell. But, as they write, We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue. This is not a book about who is saying what. Its a book about what God says. Its not a book about impersonal theological issues. Its a book about people God loves. Its not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right. Its a book about the character of God. Erasing Hell will immerse you in the truth of Scripture as, together with the authors, you find not only the truth but the courage to live it out.… (more)
Title:Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up
Authors:Francis Chan
Other authors:Preston Sprinkle
Info:David C. Cook (2011), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:The Nature Of God, Apologetics

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Really enjoyed the book picked up a few new things and a lot that really made me think. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about hell. ( )
  nirrad | Jul 27, 2019 |
This is a great book. It was written in response to Rob Bell's "Love Wins," and shows the error behind some of the ideas he presents, among other things. It's a pretty serious read, but if you've ever wondered just exactly what the Bible says about hell, this is a great resource.
  amy_reasoner | Feb 13, 2019 |
Thoughtful and gentle response to Rod Bell and others who are denying the reality of hell. Chan examines the relevant Scriptures and gives well thought out answers to the question of hell. Dealing respectfully with the painful subject matter, Chan nevertheless does not back down from defending its reality. Chan's discussion around Romans 9 and Paul's wish that he could be condemned in the place on his countrymen were particularly compelling. ( )
  KenMcLain | Jul 18, 2017 |
This is a popular level rebuttal of Rob Bell's Love Wins. Chan (and Sprinkle) are humble and conversational and tone and review a number of texts. I don't think they are right about everything, but I don't think Rob Bell is either. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
I love Francis Chan's writing style. I find him to be equal parts honest, academic, compassionate, and challenging. I don't always agree with where he lands on issues, but his writing style is sufficiently clear so that I can trace how he landed at his position.

Erasing Hell, in many ways, is a response to Rob Bell's popular (and heretical) book Love Wins, in which Bell departs from the historically Christian position on eternal damnation of the lost. This book interacts with Bell's larger arguments. In the first three chapters, Chan and Sprinkle cite Bell 14 times.

There is much to commend in Erasing Hell. It is thoroughly biblical, pastoral in tone, and culturally sensitive. Chapter 6 was perhaps my favorite chapter. Chan and Sprinkle bite off Romans 9, seeking to understand a God who sends people to hell. They write, "[W]e must come to a place where we can let God be God. We need to surrender our perceived right to determine what is just and humbly recognize that God alone gets to decide how He is going to deal with people" (131). The authors want us to see a big, biblical view of God. We need to stop crawfishing, and let God defend himself. "Like the nervous kid who tries to keep his friends from seeing his drunken father, I have tried to hide God at times. Who do I think I am? The truth is, God is perfect and right in all that He does. I am a fool for thinking otherwise. He does not need nor want me to 'cover' for Him. There's nothing to be covered. Everything about Him and all He does is perfect" (133). Amen, brothers!

As I mentioned earlier, I don't always agree with where Chan and Sprinkle land. They almost seem to embrace annihilationism. But, as I mentioned earlier, I can see how they arrive at their position. They even do so by examining Scripture. They write, "The debate about hell's duration is much more complex than I first assumed. While I lean heavily on the side that says it is everlasting, I am not ready to claim that with complete certainty" (86). Furthermore, they opt on the side that says the fire in hell is metaphorical, a position that I find unnecessary. "Fire is used metaphorically thought Scripture, and I agree with the host of evangelical scholars above that fire is probably not to be taken literally when it's used to describe hell" (154).

Erasing Hell is a book that evangelicals need to read. Doing so will help us stop apologizing for God's retributive actions. Our culture denies the existence of hell, not simply because it doesn't like the idea, but because it refusing to acknowledge God's sovereign rule and reign over his creation. Chan and Sprinkle help guide the discussion back to where it needs to be - the authority of Scripture. ( )
  RobSumrall | Mar 15, 2017 |
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