The Hands Of An Angry God By Jonathan Edwards

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For the sinners who fail to cleanse their loathsome, tainted souls, angering the omnipotent God whose hostility is presented in an infinite wrath, only a painful, torturing hell is held in their destinies. This terrifying, ominous threat, presented in “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards, amplifies the power of God, and renders a profound hatred toward impure sinners. Accordingly, through his usage of the powerful rhetoric exposed by allusion, imagery, and metaphor, Edwards produces a dangerous scene which effectively contributes to his formidable assertion regarding God’s animosity toward those who sin, and his capacity to inflict vengeance upon those who are suspects.

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The glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened its mouth under them” (Edwards 1); this resolute description provides readers with an intense mental image which cements the idea that God has every capability to enforce a hellish punishment upon those who sin.

Additionally, it is not only true that God wishes to inflict punishment which is inconceivable without the reference provided by Edwards, but that God loathes the sinners within a deep and profound standard, projected by the dramatically detailed metaphor promoted by Edwards. In his metaphorical message to the “unconverted” sinners, fit for the “pits of hell”, Edwards clarifies God’s hatred toward these accusers, stating that “his wrath towards you burns like fire...he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince” (Edwards 2). This comparison of hatred to the extreme, and agreeably odious actions and creatures, effectively describes the rivalry between God and those who commit acts of sinning.

As presented by Edwards, sinning, an evil, and illicit religious act, prompts violent actions by the powerful, exasperated God as a method of punishment to those who are loathed convicts. To
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