No one likes to talk about it outrightly, but deep down we all have some doubtful opinions on the subject. Especially within the past decade the question of Hell has become quite controversial in popular culture and within the church. Many have either tried to redefine it, rethink it, or repaint it altogether from the traditional stance. Some have outrightly denied its existence because of its incapability to reconcile with God’s characteristics of being benevolent, loving, forgiving, and all merciful. Still, others hold on to their unchallenged view that stands to be “what the Bible teaches,” without any further or need of continual quest to reread scripture on the subject. Bestselling author Francis Chan with co-author Preston Sprinkle takes on the touchy subject hiding in the closet.
“Let us be eager to leave what is familiar for what is true.”
― Francis Chan, Erasing Hell
Erasing Hell was such a good book about Hell & Eternity because it did two things for me. First, it was very truthful in looking at all the perspectives and contrasting them to the narrative of what the scriptures teach within their context. Secondly, Erasing Hell was also very honest as the heart of the author Francis Chan is laid out in wanting to know the truth, but not wanting to condemn but rather free people by knowing the truth. One of the sincerest things Francis Chan says in the book,
“In my desire to distance myself from sadistic Christians who revel in the idea of wrath and punishment, I may have crossed a line. Refusing to teach a passage of Scripture is just as wrong as abusing it. ― Francis Chan, Erasing Hell.
I think many of us feel the same way among congregants and clergy. But what Erasing Hell sets out to unveil is to get down to the heart of what a view of Hell would look like if we simply read to understand the topic through the narrative of the Bible. Reading Erasing Hell will challenge everyone’s views and be an eye opener for both traditional and liberal-minded thinkers. It’s the best book on the subject, so jump in and find out why Erasing Hell is a must read.