Item description for What Does the Bible Really Say About Hell? Wrestling With the Traditional View (Living Issues Discussion, Vol. 2) (Living Issues Discussion Series) by Randolph J. Klassen & Randy Klassen...
Overview Randy Klassen studies every significant reference to hell in the Bible, seeking an interpretation that both takes the Bible seriously as the very Word of God and harmonizes with the character of the God and "Abba" revealed through Jesus Christ.
Citations And Professional Reviews What Does the Bible Really Say About Hell? Wrestling With the Traditional View (Living Issues Discussion, Vol. 2) (Living Issues Discussion Series) by Randolph J. Klassen & Randy Klassen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 10/15/2001
PW Notes and Reprints - 10/15/2001 page 69
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Studio: Pandora Press U.S.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2001
Publisher Herald Press
ISBN 1931038023 ISBN13 9781931038027
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Not Biblical Teaching About Hell May 9, 2008
This author is the typical Universalist. He pulls scriptures out of the context to prove his point. He also ignores many scriptures that contradict his opinion. The salvation that comes through Christ is available to all who will receive Him by faith and repent of their sinful life-style. The invitation is available to all, therefore it is not a failure on God's or Christ's part that they are not saved, but it is their own fault, and they have no one to blame but themselves. God is holy therefore He cannot tolerate sin which is a rebellion against His rule. Christ died to pay the price for the entire human race, but obviously many of the human race reject the Lamb. When they do this they incur the wrath of God and that is not pleasant. He has a point that the punishment may not be eternal, however the only alternative is annihilation of the rebel in the lake of fire.
Highly Recommended! Aug 28, 2007
Is it odd to you that the 2 negative reviews were posted on the same day?
Anyway, excellent book, well researched and would fit with most mainline and traditional denominations.
A minister once said "Why was it ever important to Christians that, for their own salvation to be meaningful, some others must be truly and ultimately damned?
EXCELLENT Apr 5, 2006
This book is about the best book I've read dealing with true Biblical interpretation. This is what the Fundies, that are giving it a bad rateing, don't understand. The Bible needs to be interpreted by the time and the audience and good translation. This is nothing new. Most mainline denominations teach similar views on Hell. What I think is scary is that so many Fundies want to see their friends and neighbors tortured forever so badly. If I really believed in the traditional veiw of Hell, I'd sell everything I own, go to India and beg people to convert. I find it appauling that the fundies are content with patting themselves on the back for being such good Christians and to Hell with everyone else. On judgement day, God might ask you what you did to save people. Are you going to tell God that you really didn't care about others, just youself? Very selfish viewpoint. Try reading what Jesus said again! Excellent book, please buy it.
Pretty Good Jan 9, 2006
Although Mr. Klassen is not a formal theologian (this you can tell by his less-than-systematic, slightly meandering style), he shows his heart for God, ministry and people in this excellent book. Raising more questions than he manages to answer, the author explores what it means to interpret Scripture as a believing Christian while carefully reconsidering a long-held dogma of Christianity. Taking the Gospel of Christ seriously, while rejecting outright literalism with the Bible, Mr. Klassen argues against an eternal hell and in favor of divine justice that is equitable and merciful.
While I still believe that "The Inescapable Love of God" should be the first book defending Christian Universalism that anyone should read, this title is a very worthy second book on the topic.
Not biblically accurate Oct 31, 2005
This book is about the least biblically accurate book on hell I've ever read. The author cites "facts" that any 3rd grade Bible student could tell you aren't accurate. Hell is very real. In Choo Thomas' book, "Heaven is so Real," she gives readers a glimpse of hell, which she states is "eternal." She saw her mother there and was willing to write about it! This book will just pollute your mind. If you want to know what hell is like, read the Bible. God will tell you. Folks, it ain't pretty! Don't waste your money or your time on this book.