When we think about suffering, we are prone to think about how bad it feels, to become inward focused, to ask “Why me?”. When we actually experience suffering, we flesh out the values that we really hold to be true: whether we really believe that God is of first importance, or if we naively believe that the world should revolve around us. We rarely ever stop to think about anything outside of ourselves. We often don’t stop to realize there’s a bigger picture, and a purpose behind the pain.
I love movies, especially movies with epic battle scenes. Movies have the capability of communicating either very direct messages, or very subtle messages, and it still be enjoyable to the movie watcher. Many times, we don’t even realize that the movie communicates a message; it’s just a story. Depending on the message communicated, this could be good or bad. One of my favorite movies of all time is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it now. Seriously, this blog will be here in 9 hours when you’re done watching.
Well, Rob Bell certainly stirred up a lot of commotion very quickly with his promo video for, and the release of, his book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. The conversations and blogs about his book, and the topic of Universalism overall, exploded overnight, and then seem to have died out just as quickly. Pastor David Platt, author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, offers a different perspective, and a strong challenge to those who profess Christ as Lord, Savior, and Treasure.