Book Review – “All You Want To Know About Hell” by Steve Gregg
Hell… no word in the English language elicits more negative and bone chilling responses. Hell is the one location that no one ever wants to visit, its images in our minds eye are the stuff of horror movies and nightmares, a place of desolation, darkness, fire and brimstone, it’s the worst part of the bible, but the question arises, what exactly is “Hell.” This is a question that preachers, theologians, and the common man and woman in the pew have wrestled with for generations. It’s one that goes all the way back to the earliest days of humanity, and it’s one that isn’t going away. So we as the Church and as members of a broken and fallen humanity have to figure out what exactly we’re going to do with that mean, evil, bad and nasty place…
Through the years gallons of ink has been spilled on forests of trees in an effort to show us exactly what exactly Hell is, and in each of these one of three primary views has been expressed,
1) Universal Reconciliation – in the end all humanity will eventually be saved, including those in hell who are purified by their suffering
2) Conditional Immortality (aka Annihilationism) – those who suffer in hell will pay for their rejection of God for a season and then God will destroy them along with hell itself.
3) Eternal Torment – those who reject God will suffer for all eternity in Hell
Exponents of all three views hold to the reality of hell, what separates them is the question of the duration of hell’s existence and the final destination of its inhabitants. When trying to sort through the competing views one can easily be overwhelmed by information overload, this is where the latest offering by Steve Gregg steps in to assist. In his most recent book “All You Want To Know About Hell,” he succinctly takes the reader through each of the primary views, examining the primary texts supporting each position, and said positions strengths and weaknesses. The book isn’t an exhaustive study of the subject matter, it’s an overview, giving the reader the most applicable information available, and inevitably Steve will be criticized for leaving “something out.”
If you happen to be looking for a book that will give you a definite answer to the question, this book isn’t it. This book is one whose intention is to get us to think about the question, to question what we’ve been sold as truth for generations, and search out the Scriptures for the answer. This book isn’t about toting a party line, or pressing personal beliefs on the subject, it is in fact what I believed it was designed to be, a fresh look at a question that will not go away, a question that each of us must ultimately answer for ourselves.
This is an exceptionally well-written and informative book on the subject given the unpleasant subject matter. It’s clear that Steve has done his “due diligence” and has spent a great deal of time over many years researching and considering the issues involved. I appreciate his approach to the subject, and for the average person in the pew, or outside the church for that matter, no finer treatment of the subject of hell is available on the market today. I give it 5 stars!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their “booksneeze program.” I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions and views expressed here are my own.
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