Richard Bauckham writes, "Since the publication of its first edition in 1982, Edward Fudge's book...has been the fullest and most thorough exposition and defense of the view that the fate of the unsaved will be final destruction, not (as in the traditional doctrine of hell) eternal torment...the view that Fudge advocates is undoubtedly now favored by more Evangelical Christians than ever before. Some prominent Evangelical leaders have endorsed it and there is a widespread sense that this is an issue on which discussion and disagreement among Evangelical Christians is entirely legitimate." 2011
F.F. Bruce states, "...What is called for... is the fellowship of patient Bible study. It is the fruit of such study that Mr. Fudge presents here... It gives me pleasure to commend Mr. Fudge's exposition of this subject. All that he has to say is worthy of careful consideration, but there is special value in those chapters where he examines the testimony of successive sections of the Holy Scriptures." (underline mine) 1982
John Wenham concludes, "Fudge believes in the inspiration of the canonical scriptures of the Old and New Testaments without reserve and has researched the whole subject with painstaking care, trying to extricate the pure doctrine of the Bible from the accretions of later centuries. Fudge's clear-headedness and fair-mindedness are apparent throughout. He rejects the notion that humans have immortality without new birth, they gain immortality by becoming partakers of the nature of the God 'who alone has immortality.'" (underline mine) 1994I just have to say that I love this guy. Can you imagine the relief and joy I felt when I found this author? I had been praying that God would show me if I was the only one with these biblical conclusions. I mean, if I had found these truths in the Bible and error in our tradition, could it be possible for me to be the only one? Was I just crazy - or worse, in line with the cults? I didn't go looking for someone to validate my findings. In a way, Edward Fudge found me - his book did anyway. I give thanks to the Lord for him and others that have studied deeply and have spoken out about their findings.
|Edward W. Fudge|
Mr. Fudge is humble. That's another thing I love about him. He is wise and gentle when he teaches on final punishment, recognizing the entrenched teachings throughout Christianity. When I really started digging into the subject and realizing what God's word plainly said, I was quite indignant. I would say to myself, "What is wrong with everybody? Don't they read the Bible? How could they believe such horrible teachings about our just and loving Father?" So, I've learned more than just historical facts and Hebrew definitions from Mr. Fudge. Just listen to his dedication in the book: