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  1. Camus

    Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God
    Jonathan Edwards
    Enfield, Connecticut July 8, 1741

    Their foot shall slide in due time. Deuteronomy 32:35

    “….The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. — `There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God.’….

    There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men’s hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands. — He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God’s enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames. We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that any thing hangs by: thus easy is it for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell. What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down?

    They deserve to be cast into hell; so that divine justice never stands in the way, it makes no objection against God’s using his power at any moment to destroy them. Yea, on the contrary, justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree that brings forth such grapes of Sodom, `Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground?’ Luke 13:7. The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God’s mere will, that holds it back….”

    The American Tradition in Literature, 3rd ed, ed. Sculley Bradley, et al, New York, 1967 (1956), pp. 57-71. Also, see: USHistory.Org Historic Documents.

    Edwards delivered the sermon on July 8, 1741, at Enfield, Connecticut, at the height of the Great Awakening.

  2. Spirit of Pierre Boulle

    Camus,

    You have provided us with an excellent oratory on the power of God. Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of God and morals in the sustenance of the liberties and happiness of the American people.

    We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments. James Madison

    The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it. James Madison

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