*Literal hell is a gruesome place, a worm-infested trash heap where children are sacrificed to the flames, according to the Bible, and for those who don’t accept salvation or who sin against God, it’s forever.
But now, Rob Bell, a young, charismatic pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., suggests that hell doesn’t mean eternal damnation. In other words, sinners would get a second chance to weasel their way into God’s good graces.
As the last day of Passover and Easter coincide on Sunday, Bell’s new book, “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived,” has ignited a firestorm in the evangelical world among those who believe that the hell of a wrathful God is the foundation of Christian faith.
“Nothing in the New Testament would suggest that hell is a place where people get more chances,” said Scot McKnight, a professor of religion at North Park University in Chicago.
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