Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Post

           Once upon a time, specifically on July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards gave a sermon. However, this sermon was not one that would put a churchgoer to sleep on a Sunday morning. This particular sermon,  titled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, is still remembered today. Just an example- it is the only religious text that is included in multiple books about the most important pieces of American literature. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God is so powerful, that people today still cower at the thought, but much less than they did in the 18th century. In fact, New England never forgave him for giving it. The sermon resounded in people's minds, and created much controversy. Perhaps most importantly, it gave Christianity in the colonies a deep revival.  

I believe that Edwards sermon was revolutionary to the world of Christianity for two reasons. One, I believe that he was either a very persuasive actor or he very much believed in what he believed. Two, his message itself. I think that Edwards either preached a very dark sermon. If it was a dark sermon, the following could be mentioned. Perhaps he mentioned Hell on Earth, or that we in fact were all sinners, and had to pray and atone to wash our sins away.  Or, maybe he told of an angry God, that would unleash his rath upon the world if his followers did not appease him with prayer. It even could have been a combination of all three. That is what I believe.

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