Unbiblical Quotes from Rob Bell
(From KarensFaith on YouTube)
Cameron Buettel exposes Rob Bell’s “Dust” Video
Rob Bell is the teaching pastor at Mars Hill Church (not to be confused with Mark Driscoll’s church). He is author of such books as the very popular Velvet Elvis, and the creator of a popular series of videos geared especially for youth, called NOOMA. He is very popular with youth, and therefore is of great concern because of young impressionable minds which are not necessarily mature in their knowledge of the scriptures. Many of his NOOMA videos tend to twist scripture and casts doubts on the reliability of scripture.
WHOSE FAITH SHOULD WE PUT OUR TRUST IN?
(Regarding when Peter tries to walk on water to Jesus) “Who does Peter lose faith in? Not Jesus; he is doing fine. Peter loses faith in himself. Peter loses faith that he can do what his rabbi is doing…. They don’t realize what they are capable of….God has an amazingly high view of people. God believes that people are capable of amazing things. I’ve been told I need to believe in Jesus. Which is a good thing. But what I’m learning is that Jesus believes in me….God has faith in me.”
ON THE WORD OF GOD:
The Christian faith is mysterious to the core. It is about things and beings that ultimately can’t be put into words. Language fails. And if we do definitively put God into words, we have at that very moment made God something God is not.
“the Bible is a product of human work, not divine fiat”.
ON THE SUBJECT OF HELL:
Heaven is full of forgiven people. Hell is full of forgiven people. Heaven is full of people God loves, whom Jesus died for. Hell is full of forgiven people God loves, whom Jesus died for. The difference is how we choose to live, which story we choose to live in, which version of reality we trust.
“When people use the word hell, what do they mean? They mean a place, an event, a situation absent of how God desires things to be. Famine, debt, oppression, despair, loneliness, death, slaughter-they are all hell on earth. Jesus’ desire for his followers is that they live in such a way that they bring heaven to earth. What’s disturbing is when people talk more about hell after this life than they do about hell here and now. I want to do what I can to resist hell coming to earth.”
ON THE RELIABILITY OF SCRIPTURE:
This is part of the problem with continually insisting that one of the absolutes of the Christian faith must be a belief that “Scripture alone” is our guide. It sounds nice, but it is not true.