What is Edwards' purpose in writing "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

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Jonathan Edwards' purpose in delivering "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is to warn his congregation of the dangers that they face if they fail to repent for their sins and follow Jesus. He wants to communicate to them his conviction that they are currently surviving only at the mercy of God and that if they do not repent that God will gladly and easily cast them into hell. He argues that, because of God's power, there is no escape for the wicked no matter how wise or powerful they are. Edwards wants his listeners to understand that their only hope if they wish to avoid eternal torment is to repent for their sinful ways and turn to Jesus. Ultimately, Edwards tries to paint the most vivid and convincing picture of the dangers of hell so that his congregation will fully understand and appreciate the choices that they are making.

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