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The Story behind Hell and Mr. Fudge

Will God keep millions of men, women, and children alive in a place resembling a fiery furnace? I needed to know.

By Edward Fudge

When I was ten years old, I decided to be baptized. Despite a godly upbringing in a truly devout Christian home, it was not love for God or His love for me that dragged me down the aisle to do this. It was raw and naked fear. 

I knew that someday my final destination would be either heaven or hell. By hell, I mean the traditional view of hell that included conscious, unending torment. The very thought of hell sent chills racing down my spine. As the invitation song played, I pushed my way to the front and blurted out, “I do not want to go to hell. I want God to forgive my sins. I want to be baptized.”

On that Sunday in 1954, I could not have known that a quarter century later I would be hired to research the final fate of the wicked, culmina

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References

  1. All verses are in the NKJV, unless otherwise noted.

  2. Ps. 9; 21:4–10; 36:9–12; 49:8–20; 52:5–9; 59; 73; 92.

  3. Prov. 2:21, 22; 10:25; 12:7; 24:15–20.

  4. Gen. 19:24–29; Deut. 29:23; Is. 1:9; 13:19–22; Jer. 49:18; 50:40; Lam. 4:6; Amos 4:11; Zeph. 2:9; Luke 17:28–33; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 7, 23.

  5. Zeph. 1:14–18; Is. 66:16–24; Eze. 39:9–22; Dan. 12:2.

  6. Is. 1:31; 34:10–11; Jer. 4:4; 7:20; 17:27; 21:12; Eze. 20:47, 48; Amos 5:5, 6.

  7. Ps. 58:10; 91:8; Eze. 39:9–22; Mal. 4:1–3.

  8. Matt. 8:11, 12; 13:40–42, 49, 50; 22:13; 24:50, 51; 25:30; Luke 13:28.

  9. Job 16:9; Ps. 35:16; 37:12; Lam. 2:16.

  10. Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 15; 21:8.

  11. Rom. 6:21, 23; 2:12; Gal. 6:8; 1 Cor. 3:17; 2 Thess. 1:9; Phil. 1:28; 3:19.

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About the author

The late Edward Fudge was a Bible teacher, preacher, and licensed attorney living in Houston, Texas. The story behind Edward’s original research project inspired a full-length feature movie released in 2012. To learn more and see a trailer, go to www.hellandmrfudge.org.

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