In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,"  what additional traits does Edwards attribute to God towards the end of the sermon?

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It is hard to see anything attractive in the presentation of God that Edwards presents us with in this sermon, and the techniques that he employed have been parodied so many times that in some ways it is difficult to read his words without thinking of hellfire and damnation preachers and their ilk. The many images that Edwards employs presents God as a figure full of wrath and hatred towards us. Note, for example, the following rather distasteful image that comes towards the end of this sermon:

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: His wrath towards you burns like fire.

Thus Edwards stresses and develops God's wrath and the fact that he is quick to anger. His hated of anything that is sinful and the ferocious nature of his wrath is likewise emphasised. Later on, Edwards comments on God's purity and how this means that he cannot even bear to look at us. Above all, God is presented as having nothing to do with the image of love that so many of us associate with him.

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