Hell and Mr. Fudge

Hell and Mr. Fudge

DVD - 2014 | Widescreen edition.
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Edward Fudge, as a child, loses a rebellious friend in a car accident and the question arises - is his friend burning in hell? Fudge faces prejudice and injustice as he challenges long-established traditions and narrow-minded critics. Things heat up when he's hired to research the topic of hell, and his conclusions ignite a fiery debate that continues to this day.
Publisher: Rock Rapids, IA : Bridgestone Multimedia Group, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9781563713521
Branch Call Number: DVD HEL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, 5.1, rda
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Jun 30, 2016

First of all I want to clarify that this is based on a true story and Mr. Fudge is a very real person and this is a very real story, contrary to what the other reviewer seemed to think.

This is a slow-moving film that I think would be uninteresting to anyone watching it that was not interest in the subject matter, and although it plays out like a biography of Mr. Fudge (which it is, at least in part), the main purpose of the film is the CONTROVERSY in the church regarding HELL.

Let me put that another way. It may not be fair to say "controversy," because there are so many traditionalist Christians who refuse to EVER question traditional interpretation of scripture and accuse anyone who does as being somehow apostate.

Most Catholics would not like this film because they are just supposed to believe whatever their church tells them to believe, but I hope some will check it out anyway.

Protestant Christians can be just as closed off from reviewing traditional beliefs as Catholics, forgetting that the early Reformers ENCOURAGED reform and back then it was understood we SHOULD question traditional interpretations.

And that is what Mr. Fudge did. It wasn't really his idea, and he never would have questioned hell (of all things!) but the fact is he was approached by a man who was an ex-Seventh Day Adventist who continued to wonder if the Adventists might not have been correct in their belief that hell is not a conscious suffering for eternity but DEATH as in ceasing to exist altogether. He hired Mr. Fudge, who was known to be a diligent Bible scholar, to research the Bible and tell him what was the truth about hell.

Mr. Fudge went into that project thinking he already knew the answer, but the fact was he needed the money and he was willing to go through the motions. What he discovered caused HIM to change his mind, when his many, many hours of study and research (over a period of a year I believe it was) brought him to the clear conclusion that according to the Bible the end of the wicked is DEATH.

This is a big deal, because some very influential Christians in the first centuries A.D. came from other than Christian backgrounds and had been taught--before becoming Christian--that the human soul is immortal. Thus Augustine of Hippo and others made a lot of presumptions which simply are not true when you check their beliefs with the Word.

Edward William Fudge would prefer to be remembered for other things he did, some of which are also in the film--but his books alliterating what the Holy Bible has to say about hell is perhaps the most controversial and exciting.

I have bought two copies of this film already. One I gave away, and then I got myself another, because it is one of those movies where I learn something new every single time I watch it.

Regarding the quality of the film itself: the actors were very good, and I was especially charmed by the woman that played Fudge's wife. (She kind of reminds me of Renee Zellweger.)

And Bravo, Mr. Fudge. I know you are right: the end of the wicked is to PERISH. The Bible told me so.

Admittedly, this is a film that for the most part is only going to be of interest to Christians. However, I know that there are more than a few people who will not even consider Christianity MAINLY because of the traditional Christian belief that God is going to torture people forever in agonizing pain, the intensity of which no one wants to imagine. I myself rejected Christianity as a youth much for that reason (as well as my dad).

It is an important issue, and it's a good film. I highly recommend it.

May 22, 2015

When a movie is rated as being a "Family" film by a soap company pandering to the US religious- right ..... that is the first warning. This movie postulates two alternatives, the traditional version of hell and a "nicer" non-traditional version. If it was a serious investigation, the 3rd obvious choice, that this is all made up would have been included. Maybe that came up later but I could not stomach watching the whole film.

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