Saturday, November 30, 2013

To Believe the Story of Jonah

Milky Way Galaxy
Questions about the believability of the Bible sometimes end up  at the story about Jonah. God got Jonah's attention by allowing a large, whale-like sea creature to swallow and hold him for three days.  
Jonah's experience fits faith and reason when looked at through a lens of science about Planet Earth, on which both Jonah and the sea creature dwelt, one on land, one in water. 
Jonah, like us, had an address: Planet Earth within Milky Way Galaxy (see graphic here). Earth's galaxy has been described as a "barred spiral galaxy that measures about 100,000 light-years across, and is thought to contain between 100 and 400 billion stars."
A healthy sense of wonder helps when considering those few facts, since we don't feel Earth turning, orbiting the sun, and we don't get dizzy because of it, although Earth is turning at 1,040 miles per hour. For every second, Earth is moving almost half a kilometer through space, and who feels it?

After Jonah completed his job in Nineveh, I wonder about his reaction if he could have learned what humans have since learned about this planet, her earth and seas. 

About his three days in a large fish, I can imagine Jonah saying something like this: "Man, three days in the belly of a big fish are nothing compared to trying to comprehend that this Earth is an orb and it is continually traveling within something called a galaxy!" 

I think Jonah might have felt ready for a long nap to settle his whirling thoughts.

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