The Puritan theologian, Jonathan Edwards, illustrates how he believes God views humans in a graphic excerpt from his Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Edwards explains how God can destroy any man with the extension of a finger or with a hand movement. According to the passage, the ruler of heaven and earth takes pleasure in inflicting his wrath upon his "sinful" subjects. He Jonathan claims that one sin in a person's name equates to God's eternal hate. The Puritans' harsh belief that one was predestined for damnation or salvation supports this portrayal of God in that a person's good deeds are irrelevant factors in deliverance to heaven.
Christianity is based on the beliefs of redemption from sin and of the inconceivable love God and Christ have for humans. It is my opinion that God would never condemn his beloved creations to eternal agony and suffering as depicted in Jonathan Edwards sermon. He would allow sinners to redeem themselves through recollection, acceptance and forgiveness. Why would God allow us to sin if he wanted us to enter heaven? Are we really “ten thousand times so abominable in his eyes as the most hateful and venomous serpent is”? If God has such an enmity towards the human race, then why hasn't He dealt out with all of us? Jonathan's theory concerning certain damnation doesn't bear semblance to the "forgiving" God mentioned in the New Testament. Edwards's tactic appears to be to instill fear into its readers causing them to lead better lives and be free of Puritan restrictions.