All of that to say, if you're dissatisfied or not! As someone who holds to the second of those two alternatives — universal reconciliation, or plain ol' universalism, which says that while hell exists, its existence is temporary, and that it will end once all people condemned there have "served their time," so to speak, and are restored to God — I did not find enough evidence here to shake me of that belief.
Because Fudge, understandably, is pushing back against the more entrenched traditional view of hell, he has little to say about universalism; as a result, while the two views are allied in several respects — both rejecting the permanence of hell and the torments experienced there — universalists would argue that Fudge does not reckon deeply enough with several points, including the chronically mistranslated Greek word our translations render "eternal," the decidedly this-worldly nature of the valley of Hinnom, or Gehenna, cited by Jesus and typically translated as "hell," and the writings of Paul and others that envision the eventual reconciliation of all things to God.
Several times, in fact, it seems Fudge cannot quite break as far away from traditionalist assumptions as he believes he has. Thus the case for the annihilation, as opposed to the restoration, of the wicked is much weaker than Fudge presumes. That said, his case for the impermanence of hell is quite strong. He does a great service to many Christians who find themselves troubled by God as the eternal torturer-in-chief by showing how this notion has its roots in Greek philosophical assumptions about the immortality of the soul, not the biblical texts.
Because this is designed to sketch an overview of his own life and the journey that led him to his conclusions detailed elsewhere, Hell, A Final Word does not delve as deeply as perhaps many would like, but that's what the other book is for. This is just an appetizer, and as such, it performs that job as well as a reader can expect. Sep 13, David rated it really liked it Shelves: eschatology , theology. Edward Fudge believes that hell will end. The ultimate meaning of hell is total destruction. To speak of eternal punishment is to speak of an event in the age to come that will have never-ending results.
This event will be final and forever, and by that Fudge means that a person will cease to exist. The second death is not eternal torment but eternally ceasing to exist. He point Edward Fudge believes that hell will end. Where does Fudge get this idea?
The Bible. He seeks to understand the historical-grammatical meaning as best he can. He seeks to let the Bible speak for itself. Not only does he examine thoroughly the Old and New Testament teaching on the end of the wicked.
He looks at what was taught in the time between the testaments and by Christians after the time of the apostles. This comes later, with Tertullian and his heavy emphasis on Greek philosophy. Fudge does a great job making sense of the biblical data. His explanations are natural and make a lot of sense. Clearly, he has done his homework. This book is a summary of that homework which can be found in his much longer, more academic work The Fire That Consumes. That book is now in its third printing having been first published in The scholarship there has stood the test of time and the rigors of many challenges to its argument.
He acknowledges that Fudge has done one of the more extensive studies of the topic. It suggests that he recognizes the substance behind the argument. I heartily recommend this book to any person interested in the topic. I know of no other book that summarizes so well the case for the final extinction of the wicked. While I received this book free from the publisher Leafwood Publishers as part of their book review program, I am not required to write a positive review and make my recommendation based purely on the merits of the book.
Aug 14, Robert Durough, Jr. Some books are written to be exhaustive on a subject, and others are written to be more accessible, perhaps more of an overview. But what makes this book special is the interweaving of his personal journey with this particular doctrine, how and why The Fire That Consumes was researched and written and how he has been treated because of his perspective. It does appear, however, that the true purpose of its penning is to prime the reader for the aforementioned text and plug the recently released movie Hell and Mr.
Yet, though beginning and ending with a commercial, there is much good and convincing information in this book I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. May 30, Cassaundra Aunna rated it liked it.go to link
Hell A Final Word : The Surprising Truths I Found in the Bible
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads. I'm not going to say much about this. I never believed in any of this stuff in the first place. When I had learned that I won this book through Goodreads, I tried to keep an open mind about it. Let me first explain why I am not going to leave a full review for this book: the sole reason is because I simply do not believe in anything the Bible has to say, therefore, I don't believe that we will be damned to hell anyways.
The book is an interesting read, an I won this book on Goodreads First Reads.
The book is an interesting read, and some good points were brought up. Although I do not believe, I was raised in a Christian environment, and so have a Bible in my home that I was able to reference to. After growing up hearing that I would be sentenced to a life in hell for any sins I committed through my actual living life Although I do not believe in the Bible, it is good to know that people are becoming more open-minded about this so-called hell.
The book was interesting at best. View 1 comment. Sep 28, Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it.
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My men's Bible study read this book and it brought out a lot of interesting conversation. I have always assumed that those who were sent to hell were tormented and tortured forever.
Fudge makes the argument that yes hell is a bad place that you don't want to be sent to but that the torture and torment will last only awhile before your soul is destroyed. He uses the Bible to back up his argument. I had never heard of Edward Fudge and we might not have ever read this book in our group but for watch My men's Bible study read this book and it brought out a lot of interesting conversation.
I had never heard of Edward Fudge and we might not have ever read this book in our group but for watching the movie "Hell and Mr. Fudge" as a group mainly because we wanted to watch a Christian movie and the title intrigued us. The movie wasn't a very good movie but it did get us to think about an issue we had never really thought of before.
We had just assumed never-ending torture. I can see where this will ease the anxiety of those who have lost someone who are pretty sure they weren't a Christian. Fudge's theory also backs up a good, judicious, loving father. Quick read despite having 51 chapters they are short. It will make you examine hell in a different light. Solid scholarship and a very thought-provoking position.
Frankly, a very persuasive argument that I had not fully considered. A good first glance at the controversy. Because as God in human flesh He was only one Who had seen it! Jesus better than anyone knew the horrors of hell, and so used some very strong language to warn us away from it.
Book Review: Hell, A Final Word
Properly understood then, hell becomes the motivation of heaven in giving us salvation by grace. For without it we would all be destined to spend eternity apart from God there. Today we almost never teach, talk or hear about hell. Most Christians will go far out of their way to avoid mentioning hell to their non-Christian friends.
As a result of this rejection of absolutes we find the doctrine of hell extremely offensive. What could to more offensive to an anything goes culture than hell — which is about as absolute as you can get! The church too suffers from this. Many Christians today cannot accept the doctrine of hell and either ignore it or deny it. In the end it all comes out about the same. As a result we end up on opposite ends of the spectrum from our Lord Jesus, Who both believed in and took hell extremely seriously!
The terrible truth is that when we approach the doctrine of hell we find ourselves on what seem to be the horns of a dilemma. How can a loving God allow a horror like hell to exist? Even worse — how could He send His creations there with no possibility of parole? It is easy in such cases to produce a logical answer at the expense of one side of biblical truth, and this has often been done…we must admit that the counsels of God are past the understanding of our finite minds.
The reality and eternity of suffering in Gehenna is an element of biblical truth that an honest exegesis cannot evade.
To which I say -Amen! To deny the doctrine of hell is to deny the teachings of Jesus. He Who was incarnate love taught more on hell than anyone else in the entire Bible. It is from Him that we must develop our attitude towards hell as a terrible, horrible place to be avoided at all costs! Spread the Word is the first challenge the doctrine of hell presents us with. They don't want to go to hell, to be sure, but describe to them a biblical view of Christian discipleship or even heaven as a place of endless delight in God , and their heart's not in it.
To make matters worse, some preachers have actually fostered this fallacy by assuring their congregations in funeral sermons and elsewhere of the absolute certainty of the salvation of some notoriously immoral and godless person because he "walked the aisle" when he was ten. What better way to convince people that Christianity is all about avoiding an unpleasant end, rather than glorifying God in this life and the next? The faithful minister must be aware of and tackle this problem in his teaching on hell.
While the reality of hell and everlasting punishment has been used of the Spirit to shake many awake from a lethal slumber, there is always in the truly regenerate an accompanying set of spiritual motivations and desires. Hence, there will be times when the minister must address the misuse or misdeployment of this doctrine because it has frequently resulted especially among covenant children in the environs of nominal evangelicalism in a truncated view of what Christian salvation actually entails.
We also have need to respond to popular suspicion of and intellectual contempt for this doctrine. On the one hand, you may have intelligent laypeople in your congregation, with evangelical convictions, who have come under the influence of teachers who have unsettled them about this biblical doctrine.