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The Puritan man must tread lightly and avoid sins in order to enter the good graces of God Otherwise the undeserving man will plunge by Gods own hand into the pits of hell Mercy is not easy to come by and those sinners who are not embraced by the kingdom of Heaven will live in eternal painful misery Jonathan Edwards sermon was obviously not intended to encourage his congregation but to frighten them into good pure submission He sears his point onto their brains by using extensive figurative language including multiple gothic metaphors and similes For example Edwards repeatedly preaches about how each man walks on Gods thin hand which is all that holds the man above the fiery lakes of Hell If the man becomes or is a sinner God releases the man into Hell not because of His wrath but because the man has chosen his own path by his sins Edwards God seems in fact to be somewhat indifferent towards the fate of each human and only releases or embraces the man when his actions warrant it God plays no part in the fate of men Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards Hell Edwards implies that no matter how righteous or healthy a man is wickedness counts for more in the eyes of an angry God Each transgression adds weight to the sinners shoulders and when God releases the man to Hells fiery depths his good qualities weaken under the burden of the sins and can no longer hold him out of the pits of Hell Edwards compares the fragility of a mans righteousness and the weight of his sins to a spiders web trying to hold up a heavy rock Both are futile attempts that will only end in the rocks fast descent to the earth Whatever the situation no man wants to suffer the wrath of
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