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 God’s Word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They’ve asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don’t 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. It’s a book about what God says. It’s not a book about impersonal theological issues. It’s a book about people God loves. It’s not a book about arguments, doctrine, or being right. It’s 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.
The book is an answer to the universalist error of Rob Bell's popular 'Love Wins'. 'Erasing Hell' shows you that universalism, that everyone eventually gets saved, is clearly against the Bible. If you read the Bible, you should already know that.
Clearly there is a hell and everlasting punishment, and there are people who will go there.
Unfortunately, there is not much more in this book. The authors should have examined if everyone who does not believe in Jesus goes to hell for eternity. Does the Bible really say that? The authors assume that all unbelievers go to hell without questioning it. For example they say that the sheep and goats in Matthew 25 are believers and unbelievers, but the text does not say that.
Preston Sprinkle is supposed to be a scholar on Jewish beliefs, but he misses the fundamental belief of Judaism on this subject. The Old Testament teaches that some Jews will have eternal life and some eternal shame. Likewise some gentiles will have eternal life and some eternal shame. In the next age there will be Israel and there will be the nations. A fundamental Jewish belief is that the righteous of all nations will inherit the earth and this is evident in Bible prophecy as we see Israel and the nations in the next age. The church is the continuation of Israel and will be part of the New Jerusalem. Who are the nations outside the New Jerusalem who bring their offerings there?
- A thoughtful and careful handling of this difficult topic
Hell isn't an enjoyable topic, but I want to know the truth whether it's what I want or not.
Francis and Preston did a lot of research and handled this difficult topic with sensitivity and care.