[dangerous beauty]

[dangerous beauty]

I saw this picture at my friend Tanya’s Facebook and marvelled at the beauty of this. I have never witnessed a true ice-storm, but my mom shared a lot of stories about them in Kansas City where she went to the seminary.

Dangerous beauty.

It seems so attractive. If the sun will shine upon the ice, it will sparkle and look incredibly beautiful.

However, this is destructive for the trees (or whatever else gets covered in ice like this). Broken branches, torn power lines…

A couple of friends mentioned a new book that is coming out soon. Rob Bell, the one Time magazine named “a singular rock star in the church world,” wrote a book on Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

As I watched the promo video, I couldn’t help but feel like I am travelling back in time, to my university years when I would argue with a professor of mine about the existence of hell (he doesn’t believe that hell exists). Rob Bell seems to follow the same theological movement, using the principle of “Love Wins” – if God is love, there can’t be no hell.

It’s an incredibly tantalizing notion. No hell, just love.

However, as much as I am tempted to give into that thinking, I cannot understand… How on earth would Rob Bell explain evil’s presence in the world then? I mean, either God is a God whose Love is a fluffy one that never really cares what we do, simply loving us no matter what… or hell is a very real place where those who don’t want to be with God go.

Maybe my point of view on hell differs from the standard one… but I think that hell is rejecting God and then fully REALIZING what you’ve done. The realization that you have rejected being with the One who cares and loves, that you have consciously made yourself an absolute orphan… that must be hell.

So seriously… if one follows Rob Bell’s logic, even those who did not want to be with God, will be with Him in the end? Those who claimed to hate him and those who claimed that they don’t want to worship Him but rather worship His creations – will they be with God (i.e. in heaven) too? Boy… that would probably be hell for them as well – being where you did not want to be for eternity… surrounded by people whose only aim is to bring Him praise and glory. Either way, hell is a very real thing.

Here’s the video for your judgement. All your comments are welcome.

What do you think? Dangerous beauty that has the potential to destroy or a real deal?

(Featured photo: courtesy of Tanya Cantarella, a pastor of the Moscow First Church of the Nazarene)

  • First, if Rob does believe this, then it is nothing more than universalism (which he has been accused of anyway). Second, I am very poor at making a comment on this because I will probably not read his book. I have tried to read Velvet Elvis and was bored to death. I can honestly say that I have only seen clips of his NOOMA videos so can't make a judgment on that. All that being said: if RB does believe in universalism (which his video hints at) then he is a false teacher who should be avoided. However, I have read elsewhere on this where people are saying it is a good marketing ploy. Time will tell.

    • I haven't read any of his either – watched a couple of NOOMA videos, but haven't gotten my hands on the actual books. I am wary of ideas like this due to the fact that they almost destroyed my faith a few years ago (and I still have issues)… That trying time ended up helping me figure out what I really believe in, but it wasn't easy. The ideas were all too alluring, like a flame attracting a butterfly.

  • that made me think – kinda like you know when you like a song or something, and you listen and listen and listen to it… but then there's a moment when you realize you listened to that song SO many times that you start to hate it….

    maybe hell is indeed like that – doing thing that you thought you liked only to discover that it doesn't bring you any pleasure actually…
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  • (bummer… i didn't think there was a limit to the comment… need to check ID's settings)

    no one would be a Christian – there would be no point, indeed. and as to "caring to live right" – my prof explained it that "it will bring us happiness, peace, and joy"….

    however, he still couldn't answer my challenge when i said that "well, can we just kill each other then? no judgement and we will end up with God." he said that it won't bring us happiness. so i countered with "i can go outside and kill myself – no time for unhappiness, i won't face any judgement and i will finally be in perfect union with God without all the interruptions." considering that i asked that question in the middle of a class where about a hundred people were gathered, he stumbled with his answer, saying that killing myself won't do…
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  • One thing that stood out for me in that promo video was "Jesus rescues us from God." Wow. What a thing to say. While he was saying it, I thought he was going to say "Jesus rescues." He doesn't rescue us from God, but for God.

    When I think about "Dangerous Beauty," I think of Satan. The most beautiful of God's creation become the Father of Lies, who wants to drag us into hell. By the time the video was over, I had almost forgotten my outrage. Doesn't Satan work just like that (not saying that Rob Bell is Satan, or the Antichrist, or anything but deceived)?
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    • By the way, one of the things I have learned about mercy is that it cannot exist without justice. Without justice, mercy is anarchy. One of these days, I am going to put that into some profound quote so that children will quote me in school projects…
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      • mercy without justice is anarchy – that's a good quote, J. i like it, it makes sense.
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