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Many Christians today struggle with the biblical teaching on hell and judgment in our increasingly universalistic culture. How can we navigate these difficult questions?
Universalism is the belief that everyone will go to heaven to be with God. Rob Bell recently wrote a book that promotes a universalistic perspective, stating that in the end “love wins” and everyone will be OK.
Jesus himself taught that the only way to heaven is through trusting in Jesus – and that those who reject him will die in their sins and spend eternity separated from God. This is a hard teaching that goes directly against today’s universalistic culture.
Two simple options
So there are two simple options. Either (1) everyone will experience God’s everlasting love in heaven or (2) some will experience God’s everlasting wrath in hell. The Bible makes it clear: universalism is a lie. For Christians, intellectual universalism is dangerous, but functional universalism is even worse – believing in a hell but not doing anything about it.