An exaggeration of biblical proportions
by: John Tyrrell
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One of the most shared stories on the Internet this week had to be the tale of Tony Perkins, head of the infamous hate group Family Research Council, who got flooded out of his home by a storm described by meteorologists as "essentially a hurricane without high winds."
Only a year ago, Perkins was reported as saying while “those on the left like to mock these things, American leaders throughout history have viewed hurricanes as signs that God is trying to send us a message.” And in the case of last year's Hurricane Joaquin - the event was linked in his broadcast to "America’s legalization of gay marriage, legal abortion and the United Nation’s treatment of Israel."
Initially, Perkins said he was unsure why God had chosen to destroy his home. However, on his broadcast, he called it "a great opportunity for the church to minister." Later in the broadcast, it became an incredible, encouraging spiritual exercise to take him to the next level in his walk with an almighty and gracious God who does all things well.
- When natural disasters happen to other people, they are God's punishment for "America’s legalization of gay marriage, legal abortion and the United Nation’s treatment of Israel."
- When natural disasters happen to Tony Perkins, they are opportunities for his church to minister and for him to achieve personal spiritual growth.
What a self-centered ignoramus!
But that isn't even what I wanted to focus on here.
Perkins - an ordained minister who takes a fundamentalist approach and a literal view of the Bible - described the flood that hit him as "a flood of biblical proportions."
A flood of biblical proportions!
Well, by his own description, the water was ten feet deep in his driveway. He and his family escaped by canoe. Just like the tale in Genesis.
Current news reports indicate 13 deaths, and thousands homeless. Three parishes (the local equivalent of a county) out of 64 in Louisiana declared disaster areas.
I don't want to minimize this tragedy, especially given there are many victims, but in terms of major flooding in the world in recent years, this flood is small beans. Comparatively insignificant in terms of victims and comparatively insignificant in area flooded.
But Perkins, who was in the middle of it called it "a flood of biblical proportions."
He should know. After all, besides being a self-centered ignoramus, he's a minister of god. And if Perkins can describe the flood that hit him as "a flood of biblical proportions." -- then Noah's flood was in reality not much different than that currently in southern Louisiana.
That's what I have long considered the true source of the Flood of Gilgamesh on which the story of Noah was based. Some pre-historic guy escaped a local flood with his slave-girl and a couple of goats in his fishing coracle. And over the centuries, the story grew and grew. Until, we end up today with Ken Ham's Ark - the result of a fool believing an exaggeration of Biblical proportions.
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