What is the only thing stopping someone from being dropped into the pit of hell at any moment?  

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In Jonathon Edwards' sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" there is only one thing which he states keeps a person from being dropped into the pit of hell at any moment.

Reminding his parishioners the God is the one who holds each and every person over the pits of hell, Edwards states that it is God, alone, who can keep mankind safe. Edwards states that God looks upon mankind as being worth nothing. This imagery used to detail God's hold on man is demeaning:

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.

Edwards goes on to state that mankind has repeatedly offended God and that

yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment.

Edwards, again, make the point that it is only God's hand which keeps mankind from suffering:

And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God's hand has held you up.

Therefore, the only reason that mankind has not plummeted into the pits of hell is because of God's hand.

There is no other reason to be given why you have not gone to hell, since you have sat here in the house of God, provoking his pure eyes by your sinful wicked manner of attending his solemn worship. Yea, there is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell.

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