Today’s Blessing (4.14)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You seek our reconciliation and redemption. That You pursue us through our brokenness. That You see past our imperfections.

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that You view us as a potential bride. That You seek a oneness with us. That You are our kinsman redeemer, rescuer, and savior. You are good!

I’ve been feeling a little unsettled lately as the arguments rage in the media over the reality of hell…as if, a G_d-life is not worth pursuing in its own right – without some threat of eternal torture for denying it!

I’m not trying to enter the debate over hell – rather I want to begin the discussion about the beauty, peace, and love that IS a G_d-life. I don’t need a shotgun wedding to Jesus – Jesus is worth marrying because of the beauty of life that He offers…not because if I don’t marry Him the coroner’s office will be digging hell pellets out of my corpse.

Do you find the G_d-life good, wonderful, beautiful, and full of peace? Or do you only live it because the alternative smells of sulfur?

Universalism and Billy Graham?

In all this talk about Rob Bell’s theology…I find it fascinating in this 2006 interview by Newsweek that Billy Graham sounds like he’d agree with Bell’s book!

“A unifying theme of Graham’s new thinking is humility. He is sure and certain of his faith in Jesus as the way to salvation. When asked whether he believes heaven will be closed to good Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus or secular people, though, Graham says: “Those are decisions only the Lord will make. It would be foolish for me to speculate on who will be there and who won’t … I don’t want to speculate about all that. I believe the love of God is absolute. He said he gave his son for the whole world, and I think he loves everybody regardless of what label they have.” Such an ecumenical spirit may upset some Christian hard-liners, but in Graham’s view, only God knows who is going to be saved: “As an evangelist for more than six decades, Mr. Graham has faithfully proclaimed the Bible’s Gospel message that Jesus is the only way to Heaven,” says Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross. “However, salvation is the work of Almighty God, and only he knows what is in each human heart.””

What do you do with that? Is Billy Graham a heretic?