From: Howard J. Van Till (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Dec 04 2002 - 08:12:56 EST
> The Bible presents a lot of its heroes "warts & all" - Abraham trading his
> for his own safety, Jacob the swindler, David the adulterer, &c. There is no
> reason to claim that these behaviors are being approved. Israel is simply
> being honest
> about who it is. Thus your last sentence - with its implied criticism of
> the canonical
> text - quite misses the point.
George, I think we're on the same page on this one. My hypothetical
interpretation was, in part, a reaction to the original post that suggested
biblical approval for the idea "that cunning [in the form of trickery &
theft] is favored in God's eyes."
I was also saying that not everyone who claims divine approval or
instruction actually has it. The comparison to some of the claims associated
with 9/11 make that obvious.
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