Posted by Paul Younan from ? (188.8.131.52) on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 1:51AM :
In Reply to: Ba'oota D'Ninwaye posted by Tiglath from 093.a.011.mel.iprimus.net.au (184.108.40.206) on Monday, February 10, 2003 at 4:16AM :
: Khizma, perhaps it's about time we start becoming just a little more critical of our religion?
Khizmie, I have to totally disagree with your opinion about the story of Jonah and the basis of our holiday.
The story is about God's love for the Assyrians, and how he spared them after they repented (to the dismay of the Hebrew prophet.)
It is a story of God's universal love and mercy - even to the bitter enemies of the Jewish people.
No other nation besides Israel in the OT is mentioned as having a prophet sent to it, other than the Assyrians. I think that says alot.
No matter how many negative things are written in the Old Testament about the Assyrians - multiply it by 1,000 times and that's how many negative things are written about the Israelites themselves!
Besides, there are many places in the OT (besides the book of Jonah), that speaks positively about the Assyrians.
This is not to mention the NT when Meshikha speaks of the "Men of Nineveh" who will stand in judgement against the Jews of his time.
Why do you guys only consider the negative statements, and not the positive?
Like I said, for every 1 negative statement about Assyrians in the OT I can point you to 1,000 negative statements about the Israelites!
-- Paul Younan
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