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Rob Bell Quotes on Heaven: 10 Memorable Statements From Evangelical Leader

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 01:29 PM

Heaven is a frequent topic of conversation for Rob Bell. He’s voiced his opinions about heaven in his many books, including “Love Wins,” and during his lectures when he was preaching at the Mars Hill Church Group.

It turns out that the afterlife is a hot topic, as Bell’s controversial perspective has elicited outcries from evangelicals. “He raised eyebrows in 2011 with his book ‘Love Wins,’ which questioned the existence of hell. Since then, he’s slowly drifted away from his evangelical roots,” reports The Huffington Post.

A lot changed with the publication of “Love Wins,” where he voiced his newfound perspective on the afterlife. “In 2011, his book ‘Love Wins’ pushed the evangelical envelope on the nature of heaven, hell and salvation,” reports Religion News Service.

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Here are 10 quotes from Bell’s writings about his beliefs on heaven and hell:

1. “With every action, comment, conversation, we have the choice to invite heaven or hell to Earth.”

2. “If we want hell, if we want heaven, they are ours.”

3. “Often the people most concerned about others going to hell when they die seem less concerned with the hells on earth right now, while the people most concerned with the hells on earth right now seem the least concerned about hell after death.”

4. “For Jesus, the question wasn’t, ‘How do I get into heaven?’ but ‘How do I bring heaven here?’”

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5. “A Christian is not someone who expects to spend forever in heaven there. A Christian is someone who anticipates spending forever here, in a new heaven that comes to earth.”

6. “Suffering is traumatic and awful and we get angry and we shake our fists at the heavens and we vent and rage and weep. But in the process we discover a new tomorrow, one we never would have imagined otherwise.”

7. “What we believe about heaven and hell is incredibly important because it exposes what we believe about who God is and what God is like.”

8. “I’ve heard pastors answer, ‘[Heaven] will be unlike anything we can comprehend, like a church service that goes on forever,’ causing some to think, ‘That sounds more like hell.’”

9. “In a letter, Martin Luther, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, wrote to Hans von Rechenberg in 1522 about the possibility that people could turn to God after death, asking: ‘Who would doubt God's ability to do that?’”

10. “One of the great ‘theologians’ of our time, Sean Penn, put it this way: ‘When everything gets answered, it’s fake. The mystery is the truth.”’

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