Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

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“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was a revival sermon written and preached by Jonathan Edwards. It draws up the three basic tenets of Puritanism which are original depravity, limited atonement, and predestination. Most Christians in today’s world do not quite agree with this view. Edwards preaches that it is only by the hand of God that people are not cast into hell giving the impression that anything a person may do to keep themselves out of hell is futile. 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. However, most people will agree that newborn infants are innocent and if they were to die at a young age they would not be cast into hell. Puritans also believed that no world ritual or prayer will ensure salvation or God’s response (limited atonement). This is different from today’s view that if you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, pray, and try to follow God’s commandments then you have a good chance of escaping the fires of hell. The last of the three basic tenets was that God has chosen his elect before they are born (predestination). The bible describes the story of God’s chosen people the Israelites and most Christians will agree but

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