13 February 2013

Rob Bell's New Book "Tackles Misconceptions about God"

Rob Bell is back with a new book. What We Talk About When We Talk About God is set to release in March 2013. The publisher of the book, HarperCollins, says that in this book, Rob Bell "does for the concept of God what he did for heaven and hell in his book Love Wins."

Well, that sums it up. If Bell's new book "does for the concept of God" what Love Wins did for Heaven and Hell, then this new tome must completely distort the truth about God that He has revealed to us in His Word, thereby blaspheming the very One Who gives us breath. Of course, the publisher has a different view:
Pastor Rob Bell explains why both culture and the church resist talking about God, and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future. Bell uses his characteristic evocative storytelling to challenge everything you think you know about God. What We Talk About When We Talk About God tackles the misconceptions about God and reveals how God is with us, for us, ahead of us, and how understanding this could change the entire course of our lives. (Source)
One wonders: did anyone ask Rob Bell to "challenge everything" we thought we knew about God? It seems that the Bible, the place where Christians go to learn about God, does not stutter when it addresses this subject. Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) offers a helpful, but certainly not comprehensive, list of verses that answer the question, "Who is God?"
  1. God Is One - Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4
  2. God Is Truth -Psalm 117:2; Jer. 10:10
  3. God is Light - 1 John 1:5
  4. God is Love - 1 John 4:8,16
  5. God Is Infinite - Jer. 23:24; Psalm 147:5
  6. God is All Knowing - 1 John 3:20
  7. God is Everywhere - Psalm 139:7-12
  8. God is All Powerful - Jer. 32:17,27
  9. God is Unequaled - Isaiah 40:13-25
  10. God Is Perfect - 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 139
  11. God Is A Most Pure Spirit - John 4:24
  12. God Is Invisible - 1 Tim. 1:17
  13. God Does Not Have A Human Body - Luke 24:39; Deut. 4:15-16
  14. God Does Not Change - Num. 23:19; Mal. 3:6; James 1:17
  15. God Is Without Limit - 1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:23-24
  16. God Is Eternal - Psalm 90:2; 1 Tim. 1:17
  17. God Is Incomprehensible - Rom. 11:33; Psalm 145:3
  18. God Is The Almighty One - Rev. 1:8; Rev. 4:8
  19. God Is Most Wise - Rom. 16:27; Jude 1:25
  20. God Is Most Holy - Isaiah 6:3; Rev. 4:8
  21. God Is Most Free - Psalm 115:3
  22. God Is Most Absolute - Isaiah 44:6; Acts 17:24-25
  23. God Works According To His Will - Eph. 1:11; Rom. 8:28
  24. God Receives Glory - Rom. 8:36; Rev. 4:11
  25. God Is Most Loving - 1 John 4:8-10
  26. God Is Gracious - Exodus 33:19; 1 Pet. 2:3
  27. God Is Merciful - Exodus 34:6; Psalm 67:1; James 5:11
  28. God Is Long-suffering - Psalm 86:15; 2 Pet. 3:15
  29. God Abounds In Goodness - Psalm 31:19; Psalm 52:1; Rom. 11:22
  30. God Is Forgiving - Dan. 9:9; Eph. 1:7; Psalm 86:5
  31. God Rewards Those Who Seek Him - Heb. 11:6
  32. God Is Just In All His Judgments - Neh. 9:32-33; 2 Thess. 1:6
  33. God Hates Sin - Psalm 5:5-6; Hab. 1:13
  34. God Is the Creator - Isaiah 40:12, 22, 26
  35. God Is Shepherd - Gen. 49:24
Nevertheless, it is quite kind of Rob Bell to help us "tackle" these outdated and fallacious ideas about the Almighty. After all, what kind of naïve, unsophisticated people would we be if we actually trusted God and His Word?

As Carl Trueman so aptly stated, this forthcoming book of Bell's looks to be
its own refutation and should be called out for what it is: laughable, self-important gibberish. To build on a phrase from Niebuhr, for these chaps "A God of their own invention brought people just like them into a kingdom without clear definition through the ministrations of a Christ who looks like an over-indulged American thirty-something." So, yes, people will take it seriously and the book will no doubt sell in vast quantities. As the old song has it: Find out what they like and how they like it and let them have it just that way. (Source)
And as Owen Strachan projects:
It looks like it will be another epistle for the “spiritual, but not religious” crowd, and at least the book trailer is–well, confusing. I’m guessing the book will be about getting in touch with God without all the trappings of organized evangelicalism, all the unpopular stuff. (Source)
Yes, I'd say that just about sums it up.

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Further Reading
Even the Demons Believe
The Authority of the Apostles
No Compromise Ever: Episode 2


  1. Boombox,snail,volume, further, closer? I don't even want to know where he's going with that. I'll just wait for the reviews to be shocked.

  2. I shake my head with the self-centered delusional "books" Bell continues to put out mangling Scripture to fit his bizarre ideas. Rob Bell is up to his no good typical postmodern gobbledygook and guess what? People are so gullible, they will continue to read and believe it at face value --Ohhh but not God's word-even though it's more SURE-2 Peter 1:19....

    After all these centuries oh no what did God do without Rob Bell? Poor Christians God has been holding out on you all this time... Rob Bell is truly a legend in his own mind.

    2 Timothy 3:13 "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."

  3. Maybe I'll really sacrifice for this Lent and pray for Rob Bell. Painful, and against my flesh nature. But God loves him and no doubt grieves for this lost lamb. I'm not convinced Rob intentionally deceives. He's just "sharing in the conversation" about his own deception. Hmmm.....yes, will pray for him.


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