“Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” In the “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” Edwards talks to the puritans in a form of imagery, stating how God has us in his hands and at one point he might just have to let us go because of our sins. Edwards tries to get his point across by stating the awful weight of sin, the wrath of an angry God, and the power of God and his ability to do horrible things to sinners. He wants to put fear into the unconverted people of the church. As he starts his sermon, he beings to talk about the unconverted people in a different way using the words “they” or “them” but the people already knew that sermon was referring to them. He uses this topic to penetrate main point inside the people’s hearts.
“The God … abhors you!” Imagine a preacher who would openly insult the congregation, tell them they were all damned, and that they could and should go to hell. Jonathan Edwards was one of these preachers. In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards uses strong imagery to “excite” his audience into stronger religious devotion and sometimes even move them to hysteria. These powerful sermons sparked the religious revival in which people lived more devoted, spiritual lives. This “Great Awakening” spread throughout New England during the eighteenth century.
Righteousness is showcased as the natural men’s sin and weakness. Furthermore, to describe hell and the merciful God to the natural men, Edwards continues to illustrate Gods’ mercy. Edwards describes Gods’ tolerance for the natural men as, “…the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood” (Edwards 10).Edwards references that God could eliminate the natural men conveniently by shooting an arrow, but God refrains from killing the natural men through his conflicting emotions of pleasure and wrath, that he allows the natural men to live. Furthermore, Edwards utilizes scare tactics throughout his metaphors, attacking the natural men emotionally and spiritually. The effectiveness of comparing the natural
Let us explore these beliefs. Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye,(62; 1) the sin of self-love a mortal sin in Christianity. He fears self-love is so deeply rooted that he will never be rid of it; And for this sin there is no remedy, It is so grounded inward in my heart. (62; 3-4) Shakespeare seems angry that he is experiencing self-love. In Sonnet 62 Shakespeare could be warning his friend to beware of self-admiration as it is mortal sin and not easy to discard.
What changed elie from the devout believer he was at the start of the text to the spiritually empty person he becomes 600 - 700 The novel night written by Elie Wissel expresses how horrific circumstances and maturity can play a role in ones opinions on religion. It speaks of how Elie whom at the start of the novel was a devout believe develops into a spiritually empty person. Through extreme conditions his opinions on his god change and as he matures his feelings and the way he thought about his god change. He doesn’t however rid god of his life and unknowingly still turns to him. Brutal and horrific sites of babies being used as shooting targets and hangings of fellow Jews lead Ellie on his path of believing his God was not stronger nor more powerful than man.
They see that their own hate for one another has ended with the death of the ones they love most, and that they cannot let this continue. This makes us think about real life situations where fighting and war can bring innocent people to their death, although they have done nothing wrong, and only want to live a peaceful live with the ones they love. The strong love between Romeo and Juliet contrasts substantially with the hate that fills Verona. Both love and hate are senseless and mysterious. The involved parties focus solely on that attribute, and therefore consequences are ignored, and thus lives can be lost.
In both Divine Things and Sinners of An Angry God was Edwards passionate and adoring of the almighty God in his writing. The malicious personality of Jonathan Edwards in Sinners of An Angry God was the complete contrary of his persona in Divine Things. In Sinners of An Angry God, I witnessed a burning passion about the fierce wrath of God. For example, Edwards said “His wrath towards you burns like fire”. Jonathan Edwards’s purpose for writing this sermon was to terrify the general public into coming to church and that would help hold his dominant position in the conjugation.
In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone, the scaffold represents the judgment of God and the Purtian Society to the sinners. Dimmesdale struggles to confess his crime, but eventually he reveals his sin because he can no longer bear the enormous pain causes by the burden of guilt. The scaffold serves as a reminder of Dimmesdale’s sin, a reliever for his guilt, and a grave for his heart. When Dimmesdale questions Hester on the scaffold knowing that he is the sinner, he wants Hester to reveal his sin instead of coming forward himeself like a man. His lack of strength to confess and the fear of revealing the sin take over his heart, and even display on his face, “Notwithstanding his high native gifts...an apprehensive, a startled, a half-frightened look - as of a being who felt himself quite astray and at a loss in the pathway of human existence, and could only be at ease in some seclusion of his own” (72).
Dimmesdale, however, as the town minister, wears his own scarlet “A” burned upon his flesh, since it is the community's rage he fears the most. Chillingworth sees the “A” as a quest for revenge to find the adulterer. Chillingworth's misshapen body reflects (or symbolizes) the anger in his soul, which builds as the novel progresses, similar to the way Dimmesdale's illness reveals his inner turmoil. The “A” also stands for "Angel" when it is seen in the sky on the night when Hester and Dimmesdale are standing on the scaffold together. One of the most complex and misunderstood characters in the novel is Pearl, the daughter of Hester Prynne.
His sermon was typical of the era and can be assumed to be quite effective. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” paints a vivid picture of Hell and informs the audience that they are kept out of hell only by the “mere pleasure of God (p 426).” Puritans had a different view of Christianity and God then most people today. They believed we are all born sinners (depravity). Modern day Christians believe this to be partially true because of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where Eve eats a fruit from the Forbidden Tree and then persuades Adam to eat too. This was the first sin and is now a part of everyone thus creating the initial need for people to accept Jesus Christ and to repent for their sins.