“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was a sermon given during the Great Awakening. This sermon was written and delivered by Jonathan Edwards in 1741. The sermon was given after the time of the Salem witch trials in order to revive their misguide beliefs. This sermon was based on judgement of the people, God’s wrath and power and the free choice that God has of his mercy on people. Jonathan Edwards delivered this message in order to serve as a wakeup call to those whom undermined God’s divine power and majesty. The sermon was full of vivid metaphors of Edwards’ soul and his ways of thinking of how God would treat people based on the Bible. It was preached that the judgement of God would be awaiting us when everyone is dead. God’s salvation to people’s souls, His repeated love/forgiveness, and an individual’s religious duties are all discussed in the sermon. The damnation and the actual “destruction” someone put on themselves is what Edwards targets most. The seriousness of every individual’s sin is heavily harped on for the people to truly understand the wrath God will bestow upon them. God is “angry” because people are full of sin and act in their evil ways.
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” have many qualities such as faith, evil, the devil, and rebuttal of the Lord. In the sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonathan Edward’s main purpose was to point people back to God before they faced eternal damnation because of their evil ways of living. The sermon was written around the time of the Salem witch trials in order to convert people back to Christianity.