‘Hell and Mr. Fudge’ ~ CFDb Movie Review &
Hell and Mr. Fudge –Based on a true story, Edward Fudge, a young Bible-belt preacher, gets a surprise visit from an eccentric stranger who has a bizarre request. He wants Fudge to investigate Hell.
Son of a respected church leader known for his conservative religious views, Edward is confident that whatever the Bible really teaches is right. Trained in biblical languages and theology, he finds the proposal intriguing. He agrees to take it on, not knowing where it will lead. He dedicates a year of his life to a systematic study of Hell – and his life will never be the same again.
As Fudge immerses himself in research, other aspects of his life begin to crumble. Leaders of his own denomination attack him for suggesting that members of other churches can be saved.
His own congregation – people he loves and serves – fires him after he invites a black man to pray from the podium. The publishing company he has worked for since childhood terminates his employment because he refuses to recant his liberal positions.
He becomes so committed to his research that his relationship with his wife and children begins to suffer. And, most importantly, in the course of his investigation some of his core beliefs about God and judgment and eternity are shaken from their foundations. Ultimately, Fudge emerges as a defender of faith and Scripture, and a champion for God’s love.
Today Edward Fudge is a well-respected author, lecturer, and theologian. The book that resulted from his research, The Fire That Consumes, is a compelling study on the subject of Hell and eternal torment. It stands as a testimony to a man who had the courage to search for truth and to pay the price for what he found.
What to say about this one. It was NOT what I expected and that is a good thing. This one was VERY thought provoking and since we had a screener we paused this movie to talk about what was happening throughout the film and that is VERY rare for us! Here is more of what I liked about this one:
- The unique style of the film
- LOVED the response of the dean in regards to Edward Fudge and the accusations against him. VERY Biblical and Christ-like.
- Liked the key to learning the planets (just a short part and if you blink you’ll miss it)
- How quickly Edward handled tough situations and how easily he forgave others. (A command from Jesus we sometimes forget!)
- Edward was SO eager to learn, even from a child.
Most of all, I loved the statement made at least 2 times during the film, “If the Bible teaches it, it’s the truth”…even if the whole world is against it.
No matter what we are taught as children, that doesn’t make it true…ONLY the BIBLE makes it true. Tradition is NOT truth. This film really makes you seek the Word for truth. I have to admit that when I began reading my Bible all the way through, over and over again, little by little, I realized a lot of what I learned as a child wasn’t in the Bible.
My goal is to seek and search out truth from the Word of God and follow it. As Jesus is the Word, it only draws us closer to Him when we read and follow His Word.
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