Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Essay

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“If God should withdraw his hand, by which they are restrained, they would in one moment fly upon their poor souls. The old serpent is gaping for them; hell opens its mouth wide to receive them; and if God should permit it, they would be hastily swallowed up and lost.” (Edwards 3) People tend to forget consequences after a long period of time, like a child would forget to wash his hands before dinner. Using words that are impactful and descriptive, will make the consequences more clear, and instil a picture in the listeners mind. In the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” He uses three specific writing tools that get his point across. Though imagery, similes, and metaphors, the qualities of his sermon are shown. “That world of misery, that lake of burning brimstone, is extended abroad under you. There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God; there is hell’s wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor anything to take hold of, there is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.” (Edwards 5) When children are taught about Jesus, they are not taught about his wrath and anger towards sin, but are instead taught about his love and affection. Love is an important tool to the Christian faith, but a child does not learn from his mistakes by being treated with love, but rather by being treated with punishment. When a parent does not punish their child, the child will do the same thing again and again until you show that there is punishment. It is the same thing with Christians and their relationship with God; Christians forget about the just aspect of God and only focus on his amazing love. Johnathan Edwards uses graphic images to frighten the listeners and remind them of the punishment for their sins so that the people would repent of their sins, and
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