“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.
“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 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.
Protesting Religion through Prayer John Donne is directly speaking to God in Holy Sonnet XIV. This kind of direct communication can be classified as a type of prayer because it makes direct references to religion, religious texts, and also includes direct requests aimed towards God. Donne is basically a daring sinner pleading with God for redemption in a risky way. He doubts his existence and is therefore using clever literary devices such as paradoxes and extended metaphors to protest and criticize purity and the rules of religion as well as to showcase his complex frustration. Donne is challenging God and testing his tolerance by speaking with him and using words such brutal and unpleasant words as “batter”, “overthrow”, “bend”, “burn”, “imprison”, “enthrall”, and “ravish”.
The consequences of the sin of Adam, was that all humans and angels fell and became separate from God and Adam’s sin is seminally present in all humanity, because we all originate from him. Also because of the angelic fall, natural evil was created because of the disharmony created in nature from some Angels going against God .Augustine says that the only solution to come back to God and remove original sin is to follow Christianity. This is where humans have a choice to accept Christ and God or reject it, this is a soul deciding choice. If humans choose to reject Christ then they will go to Hell and are morally evil because they have a lack of good in them to follow Christ. If humans choose to follow Christ they will go to heaven.
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.
Comparison of Flood myths Flood myths have been accounted in many different religious stories from Hebrew bible to Mesopotamian religion. Although they are two different religions, their situations about flood appeared to have similar versions of each other. In Hebrew bible, God “saw that the wickedness of man was great on Earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Men became sinful and started to worship other gods; in their heart, they no longer thought of their only God, but themselves instead. God felt sorry for he made man on the Earth, so he decided to destroy human kind. However, Noah found favor in God’s eyes.
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.
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.
At last, Faustus's soul was taken away by the Devil. This paper aims to analyse the motivations of Dr. Faustus desire. Dr. Faustus's desire was motivated by the constraint of the Christianity, the temptation around him and the influence of the Humanism. The first kind of motivation was the constraint of the Christianity. Everyone does not like the constraint, including Faustus.