Asked by Anonymous at 10:56 PM on Jun. 17, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
When you read the short book of Jonah you will see it's Prophetical Book. God wanted him to go to Niveah to preach against their sins. Jonah said no. He went against God. Thus the Storm and him ending up in the water and the belly of the large fish. For three days. Three days in a fish three days with dead. After three days he was in Niveah. After three days he was resurrected. Then he Told them that in forty days if you don't repent God will destroy your city. That line is the past and future. The story of the flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. The forty days in the desert and the forty days He walked the earth. After listening the Nivenites repented. This Story is prophetic that Christ came not only for the Jews but also for the Gentiles. Did it happen it's possible. I do know that this story was one that the Jews who knew their stories did know what Christ was talking about. He was the Messiah they were waiting for.
Answer by oldermomof5 at 7:05 AM on Jun. 18, 2009
Answer by mybella81 at 11:01 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
The bible says a "great fish" not necessarily a whale, though common usage seems to point to the whale. However if you consider the bible full of instructional morality legends with a point to them, it is a fantastic story.
Answer by Anonymous at 11:06 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:13 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:19 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
I agree with the previous posters. Do I think it is possible? Absolutely. I believe that with God, all things are possible. Do I think that this story is literal rather than figurative? I think neither because I don't have to form an opinion about it. Believing in literal vs. figurative on stories in the Bible like this one is non-vital to my salvation. I can glean the same moral of the story regardless of deciding on whether or not Jonah survived in the stomach of a fish. The moral(s)? You cannot hide from God. God's purpose intertwined with human will and choice. God seeks after those he loves. Our sins affect those around us. God loves all his creation, even those who are not following the Christian/Jewish religion (Jonah was being sent over God's concern for the people of Ninevah).
Answer by NovemberLove at 11:23 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
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Answer by Laura1229 at 11:26 PM on Jun. 17, 2009
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Answer by thehairnazi at 11:47 PM on Jun. 17, 2009