Recently someone told me I should read Velvet Elvis, so I ordered it from the library. I got it yesterday, so I’ve been dipping into it this afternoon.
Rob Bell is all about discussion and debate, so perhaps it’s intentional that I love parts of it and hate other parts.
A few ideas that I really enjoyed thinking about:
1. We hear a lot about being open-minded, and generally Christians are depicted as NOT open minded. But think about this: To a Christian, there is more to life than what we can see, and an eternity after we die. To an atheist, there is nothing beyond the life that we experience here. Now, which of those viewpoints is more open?
2. God cannot be put into words. “The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. We are dealing with somebody we made up.” God can’t be figured out–he has no edges or boundaries or defined limits. “God has no THING-NESS because there’s no end to God.” He is beyond and bigger and more.
3. It’s scary when people don’t have questions. A question acknowledges that you don’t have all the answers–it humbles you.
Does anyone else have comments on this? I’m finding that it needs talking about. Of course, I seem to find that with a lot of books…