Monday, April 04, 2011
Love Wins chapter 2
However popular this notion might be in Christian circles, this is not the Scriptural position (again, as Bell correctly observes). Instead, eternal life for believers starts right here, right now; on earth. Unfortunately, Bell says very little, if anything, about the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) and its connection to the kingdom. If the kingdom of God is coming to this earth (Matthew 6:10), then we should live in accordance with this reality; not in terms of living out a so-called "social gospel," but actively proclaiming the good news of eternal life and what one's must do to enter (Matthew 7:21).
Though it may be premature for me to say at this point, I anticipate a reason for which Bell will not speak too much about the exclusive nature of the kingdom; that is, if he believes it is exclusive at all. The next chapter is on "hell." I'm very curious to see how Bell views this difficult subject.