To Edwards, God is perfect and cannot stand sin. Edwards refers to sinners as being lowly creatures, like spiders, whose lives are only preserved through God's grace. This is not to deny that God is loving; rather, it is to say that God's perfection cannot stand man's imperfections. One pictures God as a stern judge who does not play favorites when reading the sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
Edwards's view on humanity is that a human's life is rather fragile and is only preserved through the mercies of God. Edwards believes that if humanity received what it deserved, then all humans would be damned due to their wickedness. One views mankind as being one breath away from damnation when reading the sermon.
Edwards's view on Christ is that Christ's grace and mercies are the only way into Heaven. Christ offers the only way to salvation, and it is only through his purity and sacrifice that humans can escape judgment. Edwards calls upon his listeners to accept salvation, to turn...
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