The Jesus Ultimatum?

An ultimatum (Latin: the last one) is a demand whose fulfillment is requested in a specified period of time and which is backed up by a threat to be followed through in case of noncompliance. An ultimatum is generally the final demand in a series of requests. As such, the time allotted is usually short, and the request is understood not to be open to further negotiation.

John 3:16-17  (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Understanding these verses as an Ultimatum is the great travesty of Fundamental Christian Thought!


2 thoughts on “The Jesus Ultimatum?

  1. The question raised in the second paragraph is a huge question, and one that is very dividing for many Christians. Brian McLaren weighed in his opinion this year in A New Kind of Christianity , and ends up with a lot of different answers than I would cite (despite me still deeply appreciating him and his heart). I’m not sure if Rob is going to take it as far as “hell is non-existent”, but the one thing that Bell seems to do well is walk the line of controversy, yet remain a consistent voice that challenges the Evangelical community. The best example of this is in Velvet Elvis where Rob Bell uses the example of questioning the Virgin birth to make a case for deconstructing one’s faith, even though he doesn’t actually make the claim that Jesus was not born of a Virgin. Since this is a pillar of faith for most Christians (myself included), this (of course) stirred controversy in the ole blogosphere (love this word), and Rob Bell blew up with a Christian bestseller. Bell’s like the Kanye West of Christian authors, minus the arrogance and annoyance factor…so I guess not much at all.

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