From: Jay Willingham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Sep 18 2002 - 23:22:42 EDT
From: "Jay Willingham" <email@example.com>
To: "John Burgeson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 7:14 PM
Subject: Re: The Flood Hoax
> I have been dreadfully busy and have missed so much but my eyes fell on
> message so I respond....
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Burgeson"Subject: Re: The Flood Hoax
> But both Jonah and Job read like literature -- not as history. To hold
> they are
> > -- either of them -- actual literal history seems no more likely than if
> > someone were to tell me to take CINDERELLA as literal history.
> Burgy, I heartily disagree that the portions of the Bible that read like
> excellent literature cannot be taken literally. I find far more credence
> in Job and Jonah's stories than in Cinderella or any of the other
> fairy tales. Jay
> I see no theological message in either book that is dependent upon either
> being literal history.
> Burgy, without a literal source, the God of both stories is as
> as a fairy godmother. Jay
> > The basic theological message of Jonah is that God reaches out to those
> who are "not us."
> Burgy, that is part of the message. Also key in Jonah is God's
> sovereignty, the result of ignoring God's directives and God's quickness
> forgive and restore the repenatent heart. Jay
> Both the ancient Jews and we modern 21st century "good guys"
> > need to apprehend that. Here in Denver, some of us are making a feeble
> > effort to do that with Habitat for Humanity. Eleven faith communities,
> > including a Catholic, Unitarian, and Jewish, are working together to
> > home for a Muslim. Reaching out to "the other" is, in my mind, the basic
> > behaviour all Christians should be about.
> Burgy, Amen to that. My experience with such service brings the lesson
> Joanh to mind again. The "other", Nineveh, repented in ashes and sachcloth
> when they heard Jonah's message, God's call to change. God had prepared
> their hearts. Looking to Job, sometimes we throw pearls before swine and
> get gored for our trouble, leaving us trying to decide when to treat the
> other "like the heathen". Jay
> > Burgy
> > www.burgy.50megs.com
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