The Flood Hoax

From: Jay Willingham (jaywillingham@cfl.rr.com)
Date: Wed Sep 18 2002 - 23:22:42 EDT

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    From: "Jay Willingham" <jaywillingham@cfl.rr.com>
    To: "John Burgeson" <hoss_radbourne@hotmail.com>;
    <asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu>
    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
    this
    > message so I respond....
    >
    > Jay
    >
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "John Burgeson"Subject: Re: The Flood Hoax
    >
    >
    > But both Jonah and Job read like literature -- not as history. To hold
    that
    > 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
    simplistic
    > 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
    meaningless
    > 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
    to
    > 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
    build
    > a
    > > 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
    of
    > 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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