Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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Whether or not there is a doomed afterlife in which is called “hell”, everybody has their own perception of what their “hell” would be like. Rather your view of hell is eternal detonation or a place consisting of deathly flames and Satan’s head down in a bucket of ice, most people do not wish to be summoned into the depths of hell. However; Jonathon Edward’s sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” portrays briefly the vivid imagery of how hell was represented during the Second Great Awakening. In addition, Edwards aim was to teach his listeners about the horror of hell. Thus, Edwards’s dramatic interpretation of hell frightened the people who followed by God’s word and urges those who don’t to call upon Christ to receive forgiveness.

Jonathon Edward’s briefly described hell in his sermon. His justification regarding hell was a “lake of burning brimstone,” (Edwards 98). Edward’s "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", emphasized the belief that hell is real and he did not tolerate the voices of opposing opinions, urging that they had a “black cloud of God’s wrath now hanging directly over your heads…” (Edwards 98). Edwards anticipated that the imagery and the message contained in his sermon would instill the reality of being doomed into hell if they did not take the step into following Christ. Therefore, the preaching’s made by Edwards were not sympathetic toward the nonbelievers, and infused the believers with terror of being summoned to hell.

"There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of Hell, but the mere pleasure of God" (Edward 100). Edward’s words represented God’s power in being able to cast wicked people in hell at any moment. The people sitting in the pews of the Church were most likely coped with fear as a result of Edward’s harsh speech. He further warns the people of the only thing keeping them from hell is the thin air which God creates as a barrier. According to Edward’s, God would have no pity for those people casted...
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