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Jonathan Edwards was a major agitator of the Great Awakening the rebirth of Protestant faith in North America in the middle of the 18th century His sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God was delivered before a congregation of Protestants as well as unconverted persons The timeliness of Edwardss sermon was impeccable It was delivered when the fear of hell was predominant in the minds of Christians Edwards acknowledged this vulnerability which is why he chose to play the hell card and focus his sermon on the threat of eternal damnation Early in his sermon Edwards establishes that God is supreme and that the actions of men are nothing compared to Gods will If God should let you goall your righteousness would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell than a spiders web would have to stop a fallen rockhe said In essence the audience is given a terrifying image of a sovereign God who will not forgive those who have sinned but will cast those sinners down into the pits of hell without regret The theme of Gods supreme will seemed to emanate throughout the sermon as did the theme of Gods anger The way in which Edwards described Gods anger might have confused a member of the audience as to the difference between God and Satan Edwardss sermon could be considered the mascot for all the bad parts of the Bible The Lord will come with fire and with his chariots like a whirlwind to render his anger with fury and his rebuke with flames of fire he says employing such vivid descriptions to send the congregation an image of the ferocity of Gods wrath His images of Gods anger and supremeness along with unbalanced biblical quotation made his central assertion seem valid Edwardss central assertion is his philosophy that no mortal can control his or her own judgement He proclaims that confessions and
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