Edwards, a preacher during the Great Awakening, is highly religious, if you will, and speaks intending to move his audience. By 1739, word spread throughout the colonies of a young Anglican minister named George Whitefield. The idea of this sermon by Johnathan Edwards is that if you provoke God the slightest bit you will drop into the fiery pits of hell to burn eternally. The point of view is of a man very fervent in his beliefs and very determined to gain converts and renewed, strengthened faith in his followers. Jonathan Edward's main point was to tell, more like scream and yell, about how we all are dangling over the flames of hell and the only thing keeping us from falling in is God's merciful hand.
He describes even the greatest, most powerful rulers in the world as 'feeble, despicable worms of the dust' and as 'grasshoppers. His point of view is that all people need to be born again Christians and that we're only worthy of being thrown into the fires of hell, but his hand is the only thing keeping us from it. One of the most important things to understand about the real Puritanism of this period, rather than the religious practice that came later in the early 1700s, is that Puritan religion was very intellectual. A traditional Puritan sermon was rationally developed, with a specific theme and reason. I would have immediately converted if I had heard such sermons as these during the 1730s and 1740s. I believe that old Jonathan Edwards here exaggerates just a little bit too much.
It makes the religion seem almost entirely selfish, with everyone out to save themselves. Nothing about this sermon is very confusing to me, but i do think its funny to picture someone doing a sermon such as this. This sermon is super fierce. Only those who continued in sin were alienated, blinded to the truth of God, and deprived of the joy that so many others are experiencing. Instead of preaching to people of how they could change their life he yells and says God will drop them into hell without the slightest bit of care. Not too fun to listen to, although they are interesting to evaluate. They saw it as a fixed doctrine, set for the ages.
This sermon most definitely would convince many listeners to convert. In my belief, what he is saying is true. Revival had once again come to Northampton. I have learned that preachers back in the day were really serious about their religion, a lot more so than many of people I know. But Edwards's view of sin is that it's an active force in the world that's ultimately controlled by the devil.
I agree with Taylor that everyone sins so what is his point. The point of view is of a preacher who is trying to hit people emotionally, in an attempt to convert them and save them from the fires of hell. This makes me relate the sermon type to my last preacher's sermons. According to this particular sermon there is really only suffering, and no concept of a paradise or heaven was presented. In my belief, I don't find this true. .
Simultaneously a conservative and a revolutionary text, the sermon hangs between the new and the old, science and Scripture, individual freedom and sovereign authority. This tells whoever has not repented from their sinful ways needs to do so. 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; his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times so abominable in his eyes as the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. We cannot all be the same. He was the only son of eleven children. As news of Whitefield began reaching Edwards, he wrote to the famous preacher and invited him to preach at Northampton. He makes God out to be this cruel, evil man.
This document really doesn't link to any other documents I have read. The main idea or theme of Jon Edwards sermon is that non-born again christians will withe in agony for all eternity. It would make me feel horrible and would not cause me to want to repent. He uses an angry and threatening tone throughout the sermon. I sort of disagree with Taylor, though, because all of the sermons I've ever heard have been this extreme, so I guess I'm used to it and actually find it amusing.
This persuade colonist to be mindful of whatever they do. Jonathan Edwards was just trying to say in simple that those who do not ask forgiveness of sin will be punished eternally in hell. This included threats of eternal life in Hell, to drive sinners to repentance Cadwell. Jonathan Edwards was a very smart man who enjoyed learning. He positions God in His anger holding man over a pit of flames as man dangles uncontrollably, hoping God will not release His grasp of man. An important detail that I have learned from the document is the severity with which Edwards viewed hell. John Edward's main idea was to basically scare those that are sinners to repent immediately so that they could escape their horrible fate in hell.
The church these people created in the New World came to be called Congregational, because each individual congregation was completely autonomous—there were no bishops and archbishops assigning ministers and dictating doctrine. He pleaded with his congregation to heed the warning and turn to God. The movement of religious revivalism that occurred in part because of Edwards caused the Puritan society to think of God as a vengeful, torturous God, of whom to be afraid. However, by the end after sitting through 38 minutes of language suggesting that man will burn in hell forever he offers the hope of God's salvation which only comes through belief in Christ. He tries to scare people from sin. I might have been mortified and been careful not sin, so I wouldn't burn forever in the fires of Hades. This reading is an example of the impact that one man and his message can have upon a large group of people; when a person can affect other people in a drastic way, it can have a massive impact on the larger majority.