The Bible teaches that everyone who has not trusted in Christ for salvation will experience eternity in hell, separated from God. But many Christians today struggle to stand for this truth in an increasingly universalistic culture.
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.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Describe universalism in your own words. Why is it so popular today? Do you agree with it?
- Describe the biblical teaching on hell. (Need help? See link below.) What is your reaction to it?
- If the biblical teaching is true, how should that practically affect our lives today?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.