Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards Essay

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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards grew up in an atmosphere of strict puritan discipline. He became a very religious and devout believer at an early age, and excelled in academics, entering Yale University at the age of thirteen. Many years later he became the pastor of a church that grew with his teachings. His lifestyle reflected his teachings and was a well respected man. His sermons spoke directly at many people and he impacted many lives despite the monotone he used when delivering his sermon. He had a strong desire to revert back to the old strict puritan ways of living, and took part in leading a spiritual revival called the Great Awakening.
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He also uses personification to further illustrate hell by describing the wrath of God as "hell's wide gaping mouth open" (pg. 72), or describing the greatness of our wickedness that "the world would spew you out" (pg. 72). He also uses repetition when describing God's wrath. He mentions is over and over again throughout the entire sermon, giving it different horrifying descriptions each time, enough to instill fear in the hearts of his audience.

Even though Edward did not include any biblical references to his sermon, he did use some biblical allusions, partly was because the puritans during that time grew up memorizing and studying the bible and did not need another reminder of certain references. Such allusions include "the most hateful venomous serpent" (pg. 73), which represents man's first sin, where the serpent in the Garden of Eden tempts Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good an evil. Another example would be "washed them from their sins in his own blood", which refers to Jesus' blood when crucified on the cross that took the punishment for our sins.

Another effective way that Edward structured his message was the progressive use of similes. He starts off with describing the
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