What does the spider's web image mean in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?

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Edwards' use of the spider's web imagery is designed to highlight the fragility of the individual in relation to God. Ultimately it is God's decision as to who goes to heaven and who is damned to the fiery pit of hell for all eternity. It doesn't matter how prudent, or careful, or self-righteous we may be in our daily lives. If God has decided that we're going to hell, then that's where we're going, and there's absolutely nothing we can do about it.

In carrying out good works, and behaving in a righteous manner, the individual believer creates his own little moral universe, in much the same way that the spider generates a web from inside itself. Yet such a world, like the spider's web in relation to the forces of nature, is vulnerable to the will of God. His decision to consign sinners to hell smashes the complacent believer's smug little world to pieces, like a rock tearing through a spider's web. Instead of relying on ourselves and our inadequate attempts to achieve salvation on our...

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