Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"
"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is a sermon delivered by Jonathan Edwards on July 8th, 1741. It is on of the most famous sermons delivered in America. Many are stricken with terror with Edwards sermon on the wrath of God. The sermon is known as the "sermon for which New England never forgave him". Was the source of great controversy, and began a fire known as the great awakening. The great awakening was a spiritual revival, that left an imprint on American life. It breathed in a new life to Christianity, which pulled it away from European Christianity. It also gave an understanding for the need for salvation.
This sermon struck so much fear into the people because the sermon was vivid and full of imagery. It made hell seem real, and made the colonist reexamine their lives, and see if they were worthy of salvation. After this, salvation became a must, for Edwards made it seem like a desolate place, that no one would want to go to. The sermon could make people of this era shudder with fear, and this era is much more relaxed than the Puritans of that time, so the fear instilled into them was very great. The people felt as if they could have gone on with their whole lives without knowing what Edwards had to say, so they were also angry with the fear that he put into them. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is a sermon that puts fear into all of its readers.