Sunday, December 02, 2007

THE MIRACLES OF THE BIBLE

"I don't believe every single thing in the literal sense of Jonah being in the belly of the whale, or, you know, there are some things in it that I think were put there as allegorical." - Rudy Guiliani1
How come it is that people think, especially people who really want my vote, that they have the wisdom to pick and choose which miracles in the Bible are literal and which ones are allegorical? Jesus said to those who were looking for a sign, "This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah." Jesus believed in Jonah in the great fish as being more than allegory: otherwise what He said would make no sense. "Jonah was only a allegory, but my resurrection will be real?" The reality of the first miracle points to the reality of the second.

I wonder if Guiliani is truly expressing something about his personal faith, albeit arbitrary, where he may still believe other parts of the Bible? Or is Guiliani simply stating a calculated position that will get him the most votes? Both positions make me uncomfortable. The latter is deceptive, hiding his true self. The first is misled and one that might just as easily give up other important miracles when they don't satisfy his intellect. After all, what makes life for Jonah after being three days in the belly of a great fish less possible, therefore allegorical, than the resurrection after three days in a tomb? I don't think Mr. Guiliani commented on other great miracles of the Bible, like say the virgin birth, but that too is just as impossible by natural means.

When I choose a candidate, what I look for is someone who respects that our liberties are from God. I look for someone who will serve without infringing on those God-given liberties to serve and worship Him, to raise our families, and to treat all without partiality. I believe that our rights are inalienable being from God. I believe that government is not the source of my rights. My criticism of Mr. Guiliani is not an attack on someone who worships or believes differently than me. If he is elected President, he may do a fine job. I am simply calling attention to his error of judgment in the matter I have discussed. I might trust him to protect our liberties from foreign powers, but I would not ask him to teach a Bible class. That's all I am saying.

p.s. The picture above really is the Mayor. The showing of this photo is not necessarily an attack on Mr. Guiliani, but it is a public photo of the man that I find strange.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    Did you hear Giulianni's comment a couple of months ago? When asked about his faith and how it would affect him he said that his faith was private. Is that really a fith at all?

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  2. Dear Anonymous,
    That doesn't sound like much of a faith to me. I mean, it's like the faith of people who follow Jesus from a distance so as not to arouse suspicion that he might have been with Christ

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