What are the symbols of God's wrath in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"?
God’s wrath is a central focus of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The word is used about fifty times in the sermon. In a nutshell, the sermon is about how God is really angry at the sinners of the world; it suggests that God should throw us into hell immediately. Stated like that, the sermon isn’t all that scary; however, Edwards’s sermon is one of the great examples of a fire and brimstone sermon. He uses graphic imagery to describe God’s wrath toward his followers. The goal is that terrified sinners are repentant sinners and better Christians because of it.
What’s nice about this sermon is that the images that Edwards chooses are familiar images. He gives the congregation concrete examples of God’s wrath so that the people can better understand the image. In 1741 America, colonists had a lot to worry about. Two of their major concerns were fire and flood. Fire, flood, and violent storms could destroy homes and/or entire towns. They were a...
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