I know about the Nooma videos with their super cool style and cosy chats about religious stuff. I have not watched many of them, in fact I have only seen one of them right through to the end. I had always assumed they were harmless and meant to be good discussion starters to provoke people to explore spiritual issues.
What I did not know is that Bell, the chap that speaks on them, denies a number of Biblical truths. ‘No Hell Bell’ I will now think of him, as the existence of hell is one of the Biblical truths he denies.
If he does not believe there is something people need rescuing from he must be uncomfortable with attempts to help people find rescue in Jesus. After all ‘Jesus Saves’ is meaningless if there is nothing to be saved from. I presume he will not refer to non-Christians as lost. If the Gospel is the means of personal wholeness then no one is lost, they are only just not yet reaching their potential.
I did watch a remarkable clip of Rob Bell saying that when Peter walked on the water it was because Peter had faith in himself, not because of his faith in Jesus. Remarkable in that there is no biblical foundation for his speculation.
I watched this video with interest.
The more I have searched for information about Rob Bell’s beliefs the more alarming I find them.
People can believe what the want, but I think many church leaders would be horrified to know that their young people are watching this stuff and not knowing that it is not biblical Christianity.
Sadly, I think some Christian young people would not even care whether Nooma is biblical or not. Perhaps “Cool is more important than Truth” would be their slogan. Some young adults will prefer a ‘Christianity Lite’ they are not embarrassed about rather than the Truth that may offend their friends or make them look uncool.
If only there was something like Nooma but a bit more theologically savvy.