How would you describe Johnathan Edward's view of God, Christ, and humanity in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

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Edward's intent in his sermon was to portray God as "angry" because of the depraved and completely sinful nature of humanity. The "wrath of God" burns against people, but God has not yet called down destruction, punishment and eternal damnation upon humanity. "God stands ready to pity you; this is a day of mercy; you may cry now with some encouragement of obtaining mercy."

God "is dreadfully provoked" by the evils

in the souls of wicked men...that would presently kindle and flame out into hell fire,...There is laid in the very nature of carnal men, a foundation for the torments of hell. There are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hell fire.

Edward portrays humans as being oblivious to their sinful and vile natures, continuing in their evil ways regardless of the condemnation awaiting them.

Jesus is the Savior, the One able to prevent people from being sent to the depths of hell.  Edward portrays people "flocking to Jesus" and being saved from eternal agony by their belief in Him.

Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God.


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