Klassen is to be commended for writing this book.
What he has done so well is examine carefully all
significant references to hell in the Old and New
Testaments and shown that none provides clear evidence of
the existence of the commonly held view of hell.
Readers will be
encouraged to focus on the grace of Jesus Christ, a grace
not complete until the last sheep is found (Matt. 18) and
the lost son comes home (Luke 15).
resourcefully speaks to the fundamental questions that
quite likely will draw readers to it, and in the process
shows us all how serious and useful biblical
interpretation can be done.
As always in
Klassens work, the note of hope sounds clear and
there is logic in the approach, buttressed by his
searching of Scripture. There is also a boldness about it
which is a great gift to the church: he presses readers
to deal with the issue, whatever they may conclude.
Every affirmer of
a traditional hell must contend with Klassens
statement that there would no victory of Gods
love if most people are left screaming in the flames of
Is hell real?
Klassen has provided a response to this challenging
question in a manner that steers clear of a pat
. . .
Market: Church leaders; students; discussion groups (who will find study guide and extensive, diverse responses); all interested in a careful yet accessible exploration of what the Bible says about hell.
Shelving: Biblical interpretation; TheologyAnabaptist-Mennonite; HellChristian views of; Evangelism. BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.
The Author: For the past forty years, Randy Klassen, San Andreas, California, has served established churches and developed new ones, written many articles and books, including Jesus Word, Jesus Way (Herald Press, 1992), and done seminary teaching. He has painted many watercolors, some award-winning. As one who has known both failure and success, his greatest joy is sharing the gracious love of God
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