The sermon, “from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” by Jonathan Edwards explains how sinners are going to go to hell because they have sin. Edwards is persuading his audience by trying to convert people, he explains to sinners what is going to happen to them and give examples describing how sinner were going to hell.
Edward is trying to convert people. The reason is that he wants to build a better society, trying to make people have a relationship with God and he look down to people because they are sinners. For example, states in his sermon that, “The devil is waiting for them, hell is going for them, the flames gather and flash about them,” (pg.46), which is basically explaining how sinners are going to burn in hell and they deserve it. Also Edwards states that, “the fire bent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out,” (pg.46-47), which he means that those who sin deserved to struggle in their own hell. Edward is telling the sinners to burn up in hell because they sin.
Edwards explain to sinners what is going to happen to them and he also describes how sinners were going to hell. For example, he states, “The wrath of God is like great waters that are damned for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher, till an outlet is given; and longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course, when once it is let loose.” (pg.47), he explains how sinners’ lies spread quickly and makes them sinners. Edwards also states, “The bow of God’s wrath is bent and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart,” (pg.47), which he means that God may forgive but he does not forgive every sinner. God only forgives those who try to change their life around. Edwards wants to make a better society meaning that they are no sinners in that society.
Edwards’s sermon is an example of Colonial literature because it deals with a relation with God or in a religious way. Edwards grabs his...