You’ve heard of hell. What do you think?
- Just another four-letter swear word
- I want to go where my friends are, and that might be the place
- Flames tended by a mean guy with horns and a pitchfork
- I don’t want to think about it
Back in 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon on hell, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. He combined images of hell with Scripture and commentary on the state of the world. He was interrupted often by calls from his hearers, “What must I do to be saved?”
This sermon, and its unpleasant topic, holds a pivotal role in the Great Awakening in the American colonies. Thousands of hearts were turned to God.