This poem seems to combine Greek mythology and Christianity to form the imagery

This poem seems to combine greek mythology and

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god is like a prophet, he could see the future. This poem seems to combine Greek mythology and Christianity to form the imagery used to express the meaning. Wheatley expresses that her soul desires to be with God and that she adores him. Edwards is someone who believes in God and that he is the one true God. With Phillis Wheatley there seems to be a theme of the love and desire to be with God even though at times she mentions Greek mythology. Jonathan Edwards on the other hand is someone who is strong in faith and believes fully in his religion, believes fully in God. The Puritan religion, which Edwards believed, taught that everyone was a sinner because Adam, the first man, had sinned. They also believed that God is the only one who knows and decides who will be saved and who will be sent to Hell. Jonathan Edwards believed that all people were sinners and that the people living in sin will be condemned to Hell if they do not change. His main scripture is Deuteronomy 32:35 “Their foot shall slide in due time.” Edwards uses this scripture to show that people risk their lives by continuing living in sin like the risk to fall when walking on a slippery slope. This slippery slope is sin and the fall is God condemning
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the sinners to Hell. Jonathan Edwards mentions a saying in his sermon “There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of Hell, but the mere pleasure of God.” (Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Edwards). While Edwards focuses on the idea of sin being everywhere and people constantly endangering their lives with sin, Wheatley focuses on that everyone one can look they will see the unfailing and never-ending love of God. She mentions that even though God is unseen he is made manifest in the Heavens and the Earth. She talks about how the day begins and then comes the night then the light comes back to make a new day. She uses this to show the God is powerful enough to make the days happen but also merciful to let some see the beginning of every new day. These two works seem to have a different outlook on the days that God has made for them, Edwards sees the sin and the people who risk their lives by living in sin while Wheatley see all of God’s love and mercy in every new day. The sermon done by Jonathan Edwards was a powerful message with a voice of cynic.
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  • Spring '16
  • Mrs.Spiegle
  • English

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