In Rob's trailer the only thing that concerned me was when he asked why God would need to send someone (Jesus) to rescue us from Him. That kind of God wouldn't be a good God. When Rob said this I was upset that he would even phrase it that way. Well of course if you're going to put it that way, it's going to make God sound mean. But God isn't mean. He is perfect and perfect in his love; which is why He sent us a Savior. He did rescue us from himself because He wanted us to be reconciled to him; not because he wanted to massacre us and had to prevent himself from doing so (which is what I feel Rob was implying in his question).
Rob's reasoning is what concerns me. I feel, at times, that Christians can get too caught up in worrying that God isn't going to be appealing to those who don't know Him, so they panic and leave out the messy parts involving God's character, and write books about how loving He is, never addressing that He is also a God of justice and judgment. We (yes I include myself) get SO caught up in trying to win people to "our side" that we forget we don't need to do anything other than show God's love, and model Christ through our actions. God didn't call us to defend Him to others. I think God can take care of Himself, He's done it from the beginning of time, so IF Rob Bell is a false prophet or just doesn't know what He's talking about, God will take care of Rob (and I don't mean in a fire and brimstone kind of way).
Getting riled up over a book no one has read is not fair to Rob and honestly, shows the world that we can't get along as Christians. That makes me sad. I just don't want Jesus to be left in the dust because of a book that may or may not make Rob Bell a universalist. Rob may have just been addressing a question most people have, and not asking the question for himself. I don't know with what attitude he was asking this question, I can't judge something I've never read. And I have no desire to.
What is at the heart of my concern is that a human (Rob) can be so popular (and I've gotten caught up in Bell Fever myself) that people would make him the be-all and end-all on Christian spirituality. He is a human, he does not have all the answers. If he is nuts, that doesn't rock my faith in the One who SHOULD have my attention. The only man I want to be popular in my life (and that I do follow no questions asked) is Jesus.
A lot of Christians say Harry Potter is from the devil and they've never read a page. I can't blindly believe what others are saying about this book without reading it for myself, just like those who haven't read Harry Potter can make any decisions either. Yes. I just compared Harry Potter and Rob Bell. Wait... does that mean I don't know Jesus?