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Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity, and the Things We Made Up [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Francis Chan
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5 July 2011
n this groundbreaking new book, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle take on the topic of hell and our eternal destiny, with a sense of humility and a deep respect for the inspired Word of God. They will address questions such as "Will everyone be saved?" and "Does God Get What He Wants in the End?" as well as reviewing in depth, everything Jesus said about Hell. However, the authors warn that we have to guard ourselves against "a heartlessness" when we talk about this theology and this doctrine, because ultimately this about people. Chan and Sprinkle lay all the evidence on the table and present all the facts from Scripture, so that people can decide what to believe for themselves.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (5 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613750285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613750285
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 16.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erasing Hell 11 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I found Erasing Hell to be a well throughout, easy to read, bible study on hell. In an age of political correctness Hell is a very unpopular idea - the idea of God eternally punishing and rejecting people doesn't sit easily with anyone. But the choice that we have is to either reinterpret what the Bible says about Hell to make it more palatable and God more understandable or we can accept what the Bible says about hell being a real place. Erasing Hell is not just a book that sets out to defend the existence of Hell in the light of Rob Bell's assertion that the only hell we face is hell on earth, but instead it is a very thoughtful book looking at what the bible says about hell and also asking the hard questions of what hell says about God.

I had expected this book to be more defensive, after all it is largely a response or reaction to Bell's book `Love Wins' but yet this is not a book of gloating - Chan and Sprinkle find no joy in the existence of hell. Instead they invite us to allow God to be bigger than we can grasp or limit and spurs us on to action - if people really do face hell what are we going to do about it? Chan's book restores a reverence for God's word, awe of God's character, wonder at His grace and a call to evangelism. This is not only a book on doctrine but a call to believers to share God's grace.

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Erasing Hell on Universalism
"No passage in the Bible says that there will be a second chance after death to turn to Jesus. And that's frightening. It's frightening because the idea of an after-death conversion is the most important ingredient for the Universalist position. It makes or breaks this view.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the right tone 13 Aug 2011
By Bryan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Who would have thought that the 'hot topic' (pun intended) of 2011 would be that of Hell? After Bell's 'Love Wins', it was only a matter of time until a respected Christian leader wrote a rebuttal and eased themselves on to the NYT bestseller list. It would have been easy for Chan to write a harsh critique of Bell's book. It would have been easy for him to stir up even more debate and division. What he did, however, was something that required a huge amount of skill and is a testimony to his talent as a writer: he humbly and straightforwardly communicated his view of what the Bible says to the topic of Hell in a way that made clear the areas of disagreement but showed grace toward those with whom he disagreed. The tone of this book alone is worth the 4 stars I have given it!

As to the content: Chan has clearly carried out a huge amount of research into this topic and has put forward the biblical position on hell in detail and with clarity. To avoid writing a somewhat dull bible commentary, Chan suffuses his prose with enough anecdotes and personal pleas to make the reader feel as if they are going on the journey of discovery with Chan, rather that sitting in a lecture given by Chan. This is a very different approach to Bell's book which is brash and defiant in its tone - and which raises lots of questions without many answers. Chan's book raises the questions - with fear and trembling - and then goes on to provide coherent answers from the Bible. Two totally different styles - both valid in my opinion.

It is very difficult to argue with anything that Chan writes - he backs up every point with clear examples from the Bible.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An exercise in how not to do theology 6 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
I read this in the hope of understanding a little more about the theology of hell. I would assume that's probably why you're reading this review. The book is predominantly written by Francis Chan, as is stated fairly early on. Preston Sprinkle did some more of the research that went into the book, but Chan's voice is the one that dominates the narrative.

The opening of the book is an odd mixture of both the sound and the conservative. The authors seem cautious about embracing tradition for the sake of tradition, yet they also seem to make quite a lot of unjustified assumptions, such as biblical infallibility. What also emerges fairly early on is that this is largely, though not wholly, a reaction against Rob Bell's Love Wins. At the time of writing this review, I have not read Bell's piece, though I might recommend that you read that first.

The authors start out, then, by looking at the idea of universalism. They quickly come to the conclusion (if they hadn't already reached it before starting) that universalism is not an idea consistent with christian theology. However, they play a sleight of hand here, by use of the following piece of flawed logic:

A) Universalism stands in opposition to the traditionalist idea of hell as physical place of eternal torment and punishment.
B) Universalism is false.
C) Therefore the correct picture is that hell is a physical place of eternal torment and punishment.

Anyone who has studied logic will be able to tell you from the above statements that A & B, even if proved correct, do not logically lead to C. The authors seem to ignore this however and proceed onwards down what I think is a path that keeps good biblical study in sight, but at arm's length.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thought provoking.
Published 24 days ago by GordonD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent, well written and challenges your long held 'holy cows'.
Published 26 days ago by j rowland
1.0 out of 5 stars this book won't change your view on eternity - it will simply...
Why do I say it won't change your view? Why are you reading this review? This book seems to have been written as a very hasty response to an altogether different book by Rob Bell... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DGB Street Angel
3.0 out of 5 stars Postal god contents unfinished
The title is off-putting as the real debate is not about erasing hell but is about the nature of hell! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr Kenneth Mc Auley
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much substance.
I've read the book but there is actually very little answers to difficult questions. I have not benefited or learnt from it anything. Really not much substance.
Published 15 months ago by Bookman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as far as it went, just wish it had gone further!
This book was strong in dealing with the universalist points, but pretty weak regarding annihilationism. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul, Northern Ireland
4.0 out of 5 stars A very challenging issue
One of the most controversial and debated topics among theologians and lay people alike,is the nature of Hell and its existence.Francis Chan explores this hot (no pun intended! Read more
Published 21 months ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
disturbing and unpleasant. But Chan tackles debates head-on, while being honest about his own natural distaste for thinking anout Hell. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JB
1.0 out of 5 stars Well intentioned but ultimately toxic rubbish
Francis Chan blows the gaff on his depressing and utterly misguided view of God and scripture early on in this book in the section subtitled 'Let God Be God'. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2012 by The ghost of Raymond Chandler
3.0 out of 5 stars Chan, Sprinkle, and Hell
Here is another contribution to the "why you should believe in hell genre. In every case the rationale seems to be the same: the Bible speaks of hell - the Bible is God's word -... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2012 by S. H. Smith
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