“And then there is the question behind the questions, the real question: What is God like? Because millions and millions of people were taught that the primary message—the center of the Gospel of Jesus—is that God is going to send you to hell, unless you believe in Jesus. And so, what gets, subtlely, sort of caught and taught is that Jesus rescues you from God. But what kind of God is that; that we would need to be rescued from this God? How could that God ever be good; how could that God ever be trusted? And how could that ever be good news?” (emphasis mine) [CLICK FOR VIDEO]
Then, by God’s grace, I thought…THERE’S NOTHING “SUBTLE” ABOUT ROMANS 5:6-11!
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
(Romans 5:6-11 ESV, emphasis mine)
We can trust Paul’s good news about this good, gracious, saving, faithful, merciful, consistent, compassionate, trustworthy, promise-keeping, reconciling, just, and justifying God!
For a compilation of resources relating to hell, divine judgment, and the Rob Bell controversy, see my earlier post: HELPS ON HELL