The Pilgrim Morals

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Piety, courage, and industry, were the Pilgrims’ most cherished values. They were thought such a necessity because of each values’ strong place in building a stable and prosperous community, as well as keeping a “morally” intact society, the “new Jerusalem.”
But “paradise” is not to be gained without challenge and great effort against the “enemy of God” and they came in the form of hardship, privation, and fear. Bradford, Winthrop, Bradstreet, and Edwards wrote of these hardships that they and their fellows faced in a foreign land, with no shelter to go to, no inns to restore their spirits and health, no familiar objects and environment of their European culture previously readily available to them, nothing but seemingly endless land filled
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“Raise up thy thoughts above the sky that dunghill mists away may fly. Thou hast an house on high erect, framed by that mighty Architect, with glory richly furnished, stands permanent though this be fled.” Bradstreet shows the courage to keep up her spirit and build again by her hardworking attitude towards her current situation, but it has affected her personally in a very moving light. She now believes more so than ever, that nothing of earthly existence truly matters, and that it is only what is above us that holds any importance. “There’s wealth enough, I need no more, farewell my pelf, farewell my store. The world no longer let me love, my hope and treasure lie above.”
And finally, from Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” is certainly one written source that emphasizes the consequences of those that are not pure and saved on not only the individual, but most importantly, on society. In the 1730’s, a resurgence of devout faith occurred after some (including Edwards) believed that descended congregations had become lapsed in faith, thus, creating a movement in both the colonies and Britain, known as “The Great
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“God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire.” He is constantly enforcing the word “wrath” to remind sinners of what is to come if they refuse to repent.
Edwards spends much of "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" depicting how his listeners are unknowingly in the wrong and full of sin. However, not all of his sermon pertains to the sinning of people and consequences from God’s anger. This sermon also presents God’s limitless mercy on his people. Edwards counteracts his imagery and hell filled wording with promises of hope if those who listen, choose to repent. Instructions are given pertaining to how to be saved. Both futures, the good and the bad are explained with such completely different imagery, that he makes the right path

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