Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this "good... read more
“"... eternal life is less about a kind of time that starts when we die, and more about a quality and vitality of life lived now in connection to God." (p. 59)”
Often the people most concerned about others going to hell when they die seem less concerned with the hells on earth right now, while the people most concerned with the hells on earth right now seem the least concerned about hell after death.Highlighted by 2594 Kindle customers
To say it again, eternal life is less about a kind of time that starts when we die, and more about a quality and vitality of life lived now in connection to God.Highlighted by 2361 Kindle customers
Eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts now. It’s not about a life that begins at death; it’s about experiencing the kind of life now that can endure and survive even death.Highlighted by 2324 Kindle customers
Jesus did not use hell to try and compel “heathens” and “pagans” to believe in God, so they wouldn’t burn when they die. He talked about hell to very religious people to warn them about the consequences of straying from their God-given calling and identity to show the world God’s love.Highlighted by 2263 Kindle customers
The problem, however, is that the phrase “personal relationship” is found nowhere in the Bible.Highlighted by 1873 Kindle customers
He’s alive in death, but in profound torment, because he’s living with the realities of not properly dying the kind of death that actually leads a person into the only kind of life that’s worth living.Highlighted by 1867 Kindle customers
There is hell now, and there is hell later, and Jesus teaches us to take both seriously.Highlighted by 1810 Kindle customers
It often appears that those who talk the most about going to heaven when you die talk the least about bringing heaven to earth right now, as Jesus taught us to pray: “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” At the same time, it often appears that those who talk the most about relieving suffering now talk the least about heaven when we die.Highlighted by 1633 Kindle customers
Our eschatology shapes our ethics. Eschatology is about last things. Ethics are about how you live. What you believe about the future shapes, informs, and determines how you live now.Highlighted by 1072 Kindle customers
Hell is our refusal to trust God’s retelling of our story.Highlighted by 958 Kindle customers
Preface: Millions of Us
Chapter 1: What About the Flat Tire?
Chapter 2: Here is the New There
Chapter 3: Hell
Chapter 4: Does God Get What God Wants?
Chapter 5: Dying to Live
Chapter 6: There Are Rocks Everywhere
Chapter 7: The Good News is Better Than That
Chapter 8: The End is Here
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