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My Response to Rob Bell on Soul Sunday with Oprah (Part 2)

20 May

Here’s what I heard Bell say:  “Things are headed somewhere — and that somewhere is good.”

Oprah asked him directly, “Are we ultimately headed to somewhere that is good?”  He then refers to the Ted Conference at which only 2% of the attendeesFirefoxScreenSnapz565 professed to be religious.  Bell was struck by the fact that the speaker got a standing ovation when he said that “The moral arc of the universe is long but bends towards justice.”  Bell seems to make the point that there is within us all an intuitive impulse that life has a point — It is the sense that there’s a reason to keep going.

KeynoteScreenSnapz111My thoughts on this video:

“Things are headed somewhere — and that somewhere is good.”  Oprah specifically asks Bell, “Are we ultimately headed to somewhere that is good?  Do you believe that?” 

Bell didn’t directly answer her question.  He referred to a recent Ted Conference, that only 2% of the attendees at the Ted Conference were religious.  But the speaker made the point that “The moral arc of the universe is long but bends towards justice.” 

Bell uses that line to say that we all have an intuitive impulse that life has a point — It is the sense that there’s a reason to keep going.

MY QUESTIONS TO ROB:  But what is that “point,” Rob?  Is it self-defined?  Are there many possible answers to Oprah’s question?  What about the claim of Jesus that He and He alone is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and that “no one comes to the Father except through Him”?  What about His promise of an abundant life to all who believe in Him?

Is Oprah fine in her spirituality, Rob?  I can appreciate wanting to identify with another person’s quest for meaning and for something deeper, but where do we share the sometimes incredibly offensive truth of the gospel?   Off-camera, Rob, do you share the gospel with Oprah?

 

 
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