I was raised as a Catholic, and, though I have since parted ways with Catholicism for personal reasons, I was taught to believe in a God that was loving and merciful, ready to forgive if only I would ask. There were rules, to be sure, that must be followed—i.e., The Ten Commandments—but, even if I broke the rules, God's forgiveness was always possible, always reliable, always available if my repentance was sincere. Rather than this kindly and optimistic God, one who is always ready to forgive and hopeful that I will ask, Jonathan Edwards's God seems always ready to let people
fall into Destruction; as he that stands in such slippery declining Ground on the Edge of a Pit that he can't stand alone, when he is let go he immediately falls and is lost.
According to Edwards, when God's appointed time is reached, God "won't hold them up [...] any...
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