"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"-English textbook pages 87-91
Example of text (quote)
What does the example means and how does it help with Edwards' purpose?
Emotional, Logic, Ethics, none
Restatement, Repetition, Parallelism, Antithesis, Rhetorical Question, none
"â¦you find you are kept out of Hell, but do not see the hand of God in it;â¦If God should withdrawal his hand, they would avail no more to keep you from falling than the thin air to hold up a person that is suspended in it."
God is the only thing keeping the people from falling into Hell and nothing else is stopping the descent
Edwards' purpose is to convince the listeners that they cannot do anything themselves to stop from going to Hell, only God can; this example provides a visual for the people to see that only God has the power to save them from Hell
"The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher till an outlet is givenâ¦the waters are constantly rising , and waxing more and more mightyâ¦"
God is VERY angry and as time goes on he is getting more and more angry
This helps with Edwards' purpose because it provides a simile for the listeners to picture the vastness of God's anger
"â¦and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one momentâ¦"
The listeners can do nothing on their own to save themselves from Hell or God's anger