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Hell A Final Word

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The discussion of the afterlife has become a very popular subject. Recent books like Rob Bell's Love Wins followed by Francis Chan's Erasing Hell have brought this topic to the "front burner." Believers and non-believers alike are re-evaluating their understanding of heaven and hell. "No doubt about it ... HELL is a hot topic" (p. 11). With that opening line, Edward William Fudge joins the conversation with an unparalleled mastery of this subject. In Hell A Final Word: The Surprising Truths I Found in the Bible, Fudge steps onto the stage of this discussion as a maestro--a master director. In fact, if Fudge's scholarly, 500 page work The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment was like Beethoven's 5th symphony, his latest project is like "Ode to Joy." With a hopeful, good-natured, and sometimes playful tone, Fudge articulates the Bible's message. It is this: God offers eternal life to everyone, but those who reject God's offer will be completely destroyed in hell. The Bible does not teach a hell of endless conscious torment, nor a hell of purification where everyone ends up in heaven. The voice of the author often sounds like he has a gracious smile, and a knowing twinkle in his eye. This especially comes through when he discusses the apostle's message in the book of Acts. Some advocates of the traditional view think that the fear of an endless hell is needed for successful evangelism or missionary work. Fudge shows that the evangelists in Acts focus on the resurrection of Christ, and never mention hell. With that knowing smile, he says: "One begins to suspect that the apostles motivated people with something better than fear" (p. 120). Thoughout the book, Fudge weaves the events of his personal life between chapters that teach the Scriptures. We see Fudge as a child, struggling with the death of a friend. We move through his early Christian education, his masters in Biblical languages, and two other seminary opportunities. He even humbly reveals how his thinking had changed as he studied, being refined as he embraced the clear message of the Bible. He says: "What a mess I made. But as my friend Jeff Walling says, if there were no mess, we would not need a Mess-iah!" (p. 38). Fudge's love for the Bible and his devotion to God is evident on every page of this book. His father taught him, "If the Bible says it, it's true, no matter what any person may say" (p. 148). His writing shows that he is f Type: Paperback () Category: Books > Theology ISBN / UPC: 9780891121497/0891121498 Publish Date: 6/1/2012 Item No: 313075 Vendor: Leafwood Publishers/ACU Press

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