>For all the free press Rob Bell’s Love Wins got, for all the heated discussion generated…why were people surprised?
I lost a lot of “friends” because I did not hop on the Velvet Elvis bandwagon years ago…
Read this snippet from Velvet Elvis: (gotta hand it to Bell, he writes “cute”)
“What if Jesus had an earthly father named Larry? What is the virgin birth was thrown in to appeal to the followers of Mithra and Dionysian religious cults? What if the word for virgin referred to a woman who became pregnant the first time she had intercourse?” Bell suggests that none of this would be catastrophic to the Christian faith. “What if that spring (the virgin birth) was seriously questioned? Could a person keep jumping? Could a person still love God? Could you still be a Christian? Is the way of Jesus still the best possible way to live?” (in addition to being cute, he is skilled in asking question after question, without answering any; as his “interviews” and responses have shown…he should go on “Dancing with the Stars” as he has fancy footwork to avoid answering questions)
No virgin birth, tainted with sin Jesus…and thus no possibility of atoning for sin…The virgin birth is not optional; it is crucial to the gospel.
And the bell continues to toll for all who want to Thomas Jefferson the bible…cut out that which you don’t like…