Sinners in the Hand of the Angry God

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In the 18th century, the Puritans lives were all about God; they praised Him for everything. In this piece “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” John Edwards wanted to change the worshippers’ fate because they were going against God and sinning, so he toughens up his sermon by frightening the worshippers with his word. Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” uses startling images, comparisons, and diction to make clear the awesome power of God and the weakness of mankind. God, possessing unlimited power, has grown furious and he has watched mankind grow increasingly sinful his fury is reveled in frightening images, for example “the wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present” which shows God anger is fierce and grows more and more intense just as a large body water grows larger and larger. Also he says “you hang by a thread with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it and it and ready every moment to singe it” meaning that if sinners keep sinning the flames of hell will burn the only string they have to righteousness. He also tells them that if they keep disobeying God that he would “withdraw his hand, they would avail no more to keep you falling than the thin air” and at any moment that God feels as though you do not deserve to be in heaven he will drop you to the pits of hell. In addition, Edward also uses powerful diction that emphasizes God’s power. For example, he is a “sovereign” and has complete control over mankind. God is also very “discontent” he sees that mankind is not following the puritan community and feels as though they shall be punished by not being accepted into heaven but sent to hell, lastly God was “inconceivable”. Mankind did not know what God was going to do next to the sinners. In conclusion Edwards shows that God is all powerful and has total control over mankind
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