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Rob Bell Quotes on Faith: 8 Memorable Statements From Christian Evangelist

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 12:57 PM

Rob Bell is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan, as well as a prominent author of numerous books on religion, including “Love Wins,” “Velvet Elvis,” and “Sex God.”

According to Marshill.org, the group boasts membership totals close to 10,000 yet started as a small gathering of friends in a vacant strip mall. “So our community began gathering on Sundays in an old anchor store, with kid’s rooms just down the hall from where the food court used to be,” Bell writes.

A controversial figure, Bell can be divisive but also inspirational, impassioned, and talented. Churchleaders.com writes, “It’s clear that [Bell’s] charismatic, funny, and adept at making complex realities simple to understand.”

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Here are eight inspiring quotes about faith from Bell’s own writings:

1. “Everybody is following somebody. Everybody has faith in something and somebody. We are all believers.”

2. “Love demands freedom. It always has, and it always will. We are free to resist, reject, and rebel against God's ways for us. We can have all the hell we want.”

3. “What is fascinating to me is that at the center of the Christian faith is the assumption that this life isn’t all there is. That there is more to life than the material. That existence is not limited to what we can see, touch, measure, taste, hear, and observe.”

4. “Times change. God doesn’t, but times do. We learn and grow, and the world around us shifts, and the Christian faith is alive only when it is listening, morphing, innovating, letting go of whatever has gotten in the way of Jesus and embracing whatever will help us be more and more the people God wants us to be.”

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5. “Questions are not scary. What is scary is when people don’t have any. What is tragic is faith that has no room for them.”

6. “If your faith is threatened by something that’s true, then it wasn’t much of a faith to begin with, was it?”

7. “Take faith, for example. For many people in our world, the opposite of faith is doubt. The goal, then, within this understanding, is to eliminate doubt. But faith and doubt aren't opposites. Doubt is often a sign that your faith has a pulse, that it's alive and well and exploring and searching. Faith and doubt aren't opposites, they are, it turns out, excellent dance partners.”

8. “This is because conviction and humility, like faith and doubt, are not opposites; they’re dance partners. It’s possible to hold your faith with open hands, living with great conviction and yet at the same time humbly admitting that your knowledge and perspective will always be limited.”

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