Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Questions and Answers
by Jonathan Edwards

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Jonathan Edwards was one of the most famous ministers of his time; his work has lasted to the present day because of his great use of visualization and simile.  In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Edwards points out that everyone has sinned and that no one is worthy of God's mercy.  Edward points out that Hell is only a breath away and that only God's whim keeps one out of eternal fire and brimstone.  Edwards even gives the image of one being held above a bottomless Hell by a spiderweb.  Edwards points out that God is angry with sinners and that he cannot look directly upon sin without feeling anger. Edwards's examples of visualization worked—reports from that period tell of congregants weeping and fainting.  Edwards ended the message by asking his congregants to accept God's mercy and to avoid Hell, which many of them no doubt did.  Edwards was a circuit preacher, and he would preach this same sermon to many churches.  A powerful delivery combined with powerful imagery has...

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