Rob Bell left Mars Hill, and Mark Driscoll is now the pastor there. He seems to repudiate Bell's teaching in this column.
No one was created by God to endure unendurable agony in Hell for all eternity. The idea is a smear on the character of our Loving God.
Go ahead and dump 50 random Bible verses on me. You are just wrong.
“Hell is other people.”
I’m a huge Mark Driscoll fan. He’s at the Mars Hill in Seattle, though, not Michigan. I was out there last spring in his church on Palm Sunday.
Mark Driscoll and Rob Bell’s Mars Hill Churches are totally unrealated.
Actually, you are only partly correct. Driscoll is a pastor at a church in Seattle called Mars Hill, not the one Bell led and left in Michigan.
 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
I'm curious as to how you all went about about selling your possessions and giving it to the poor.
Was there a service which assisted you with that? Did you need an attorney to handle the paperwork? What were your taxes?
Rob Bell left Mars Hill, and Mark Driscoll is now the pastor there.
Different Mars Hill. Same name, different parts of the country.
I have thought of hell from this angle.
1) When David sinned against Uriah, he in fact confessed “against thee only have I sinned”.
2) God requires punishment to be proportional to the offense. “An eye for an eye.
3) God is perfect in glory, majesty... this is what trips up soul death arguments, a low view of God.
4) If we reject Christ’s perfect punishment for our sins, we are stuck with trying to atone with our very imperfect punishment. How long will it take? We never finish trying to pay. How bad will it be? You don’t want to know.
God rules as God rules. I’m satisfied with that.
Like our president (who's scampaign website claimed was a LIFELONG Christian).
2004 Interview: Obama Talks about Jesus, Heaven and Sin (June 3, 2008 CBN)
GG: Whos Jesus to you?
OBAMA: Right. Jesus is a historical figure for me, and hes also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. And hes also a wonderful teacher. I think its important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.
GG: The conversation stopper, when you say youre a Christian and leave it at that.
OBAMA: Where do you move forward with that? This is something that Im sure Id have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and prostelytize. Theres the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people havent embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they're going to hell.
GG: You dont believe that?
OBAMA: I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I cant imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. Thats just not part of my religious makeup...
GG: Do you believe in heaven?
OBAMA: Do I believe in the harps and clouds and wings?
GG: A place spiritually you go to after you die?
OBAMA: What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I dont presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.
When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like Ive been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that theyre kind people and that theyre honest people, and theyre curious people, thats a little piece of heaven.
GG: Do you believe in sin?
GG: What is sin?
OBAMA: Being out of alignment with my values.
GG: What happens if you have sin in your life?
OBAMA: I think its the same thing as the question about heaven. In the same way that if Im true to myself and my faith that that is its own reward, when Im not true to it, its its own punishment.