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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards in his sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God transforms how the congregation sees their relationship with God Edwardss purpose is to show the sinners an opportunity to obtain salvation 104 He adopts a cynical tone in order to save the otherwise damned and helpless souls 104Edwards immediately starts his sermon by evoking fear and solicitousness into the congregation He achieves this by appealing to ethos presenting God and himself as an authority figure Edwardss purpose by doing this is to help the sinners in the congregation come to realization that they are held in the hand of God 102 and it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds them up 102 Like many other devises Edwards uses ethos is present throughout his entire sermon For example imagery and metaphors are Edwardss strongest rhetorical strategies He hopes that by continuously painting these vivid pictures that the congregation will run to God who has flung the door of mercy wide open and stands in the door calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners 104 Edwards states that in Gods eyes we are all worthless creatures who deserve nothing but to be cast into the fire103 just as one might hold a spider over the hungry dancing flames that are waiting to engulf our empty souls Gods wrath is bent and the arrow made ready on the string and justice bends the arrow at your heart and strains the bow 103 Only God controls it only he keeps the arrow one moment from being made drunk with your blood 103 Furthermore Edwards shifts his tone at the very end from damnation to salvation He tells the sinners that if
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