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What keeps sinners out of the fiery pit of hell according to Jonathan Edwards' sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

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In his fire and brimstone sermon, Calvinist Jonathan Edwards tells his audience that there is nothing preventing them from falling into the fiery pit of hell except the hand of God.

At one point in Edwards's sermon, he informs the sinners that God suspends them over the pit of hell in the manner that someone might hold a spider, or some other horrible insect, over a fire because their sins are loathsome and in God's sight they are "abominable." These sinners have so offended God that their actions are worse than the act of a rebel against his sovereign, Edwards tells the congregation. Further, the minister informs his listeners,

...and yet it is nothing but His hand that holds you from...

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God's pleasure/grace.