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.
©2011 Francis Chan, Preston Sprinkle (P)2011 Oasis Audio
Francis Chan does what few authors are capable of doing: responding to a heresy without overcompensating to the opposite extreme. Chan rightly points out the theological vacuum that under girds Rob Bell's intellectual exercise, "Love Wins", but refuses to go the extreme of being a hell celebrator or fire and brimstone preacher. He insists on a genuinely Biblical conclusion that ought to drive us to love our neighbor more completely, rather than seek to scare them into an apparent conversion. He puts firm intellectual bounds on what the reality of hell might be based on scripture (the main thing lacking from Bell's approach) and puts a strong focus on God's incomprehensible mercy without skipping over the inescapable reality of hell.
This is similar to "Love Wins" in what it seeks to cover, but addresses the topic of hell in a way that is more scripturally honest, intellectually rigorous and ultimately spiritually challenging - asking the reader to throw himself into the merciful hands of God rather than trying to mold God's nature to fit a form of mercy we can comprehend.
I liked the entire second half of the book. I was prepared for a purely intellectual rebuttal to Rob Bell, and was reading through with my expected nodding along with points I agreed with wholeheartedly. Then the author took a turn demanding of the reader to self-evaluate how these known truths were impacting daily living. I was genuinely challenged not by verbose wording or intellectual prowess but by the simple word of God in context to evaluate how I was loving my neighbor and what I was doing in response to the reality of heaven and hell.
I was extremely convicted by the second half of the book. I read it wanting an intellectual exercise and affirmation, but I got that and a spiritual challenge to live more lovingly.
All the passages that gave the truth about what the Bible says about hell.
Jesus & God
At first i was worried, but then he seemed to get more comfortable. Seemed convicted.
Believe it or not
This was a fantastic book that I would highly recommend to anyone. If you call yourself a christian this is definitely a punch in your gut. If it doesn't affect you then I would suggest hitting your knees soon.
Audiobooks while I drive, nothing better.
I enjoyed the scholarly approach that was taken with this book and yet it was down to earth enough for the average folk to enjoy (me). Lots of stuff for thought here.
Yes, It gave an honest, complete analysis of what the Bible says about the subject of hell, not from a horror story, entertainment value perspective but one that came from a need to uncover the truth of the reality of Hell, and the dire need for christian acknowledgement of it's existence and how that should continue to grow our hearts for people who haven't confessed with their mouths, "Jesus is Lord," and believed in their heart that God raised him from the dead.
Francis Chan gives a full, fair, biblical account, with the desire to see people saved from hell through the Love and Life of Christ rather than the fear of hell. While lighting a fire under the butts of the christian reader!
Thank you for this work!
Adherance to Scripture
The caring motive
get it! listen to it! read the bible! think about it! respond to it!
I do! I love Audible..Listen to this book while your in the car, on an airplane you wont be disappointed..
Teh quoting of Scriptures and proving what the Bible truly says about heaven and Hell!
The quoting of Scriptures and what the Bible truly says about heaven and hell! Hell is the best kept secret kind of like its father, Satan. by saying it they dont exhist, many are truly decieved! WAKE UP CHRISTIANS this book is a wake up call for many who are calling themselves Christians..to God be the Glory amen!
The contents of the book could be interesting if someone with more pep was reading it. I tried several times to listen, but gave up before listening to an hour. And probably didn't listen to much of what I did hear because I couldn't dedicate myself to the dull voice.
Unfortunately, the arguments used were neither convincing nor argued well. They ignore the main arguments of the Evangelical Universalist movement while using Straw Man arguments which really don't apply. Certainly they honestly seem to believe what they say, but they do little to convince a reader that's well versed in scripture and logic of their position. Those who simply want to feel better about their position will enjoy this book as it gives some plausibility to the idea of an eternal hell, but they raise more questions that they answer for the serious investigator.
The logic and exegesis in this book are very inconsistent. Two Views of Hell put out by InterVarsity Press is much better (Although it is not on audiobook).
Yes, but I enjoy listening to Francis Chan better than Sprinkle.
Not as much story/personal experiences that I could identify with. I was expecting another Crazy Love.
Too much anecdotal content of a personal nature that makes the narrative twice as long as it needs to be. The author's subjective, personal feelings are also irrelevant to the topic. For example, I couldn't care less about how the author grieved, when his grandmother died; and yet, he discusses it at length.
Too much emphasis on the Christian bible without reference to non-Christian sources. Would prefer a more scholarly discussion of Hell from the perspective of how the subject might be taught by a college professor. This author, instead, sounds too much like a preacher in a pulpit, relying solely upon the Christian bible as his authority.
If a Christian sermon is what you want, then you will love it. But if a scholarly discussion is what you expected, then you will want a refund.
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