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One percent

It’s all going a bit biblical.

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A plague on all your houses. xD

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6577871/Huge-swarm-locusts-descends-Mecca.html#reader-comments

The holiest site in Islam has been hit by a plague of locusts, forcing cleaners into action to drive the insects out. 

Footage shared on social media showed the insects swarming around the Great Mosque in Mecca, which hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims every year. 

 

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14 minutes ago, One percent said:

A plague on all your houses. xD

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6577871/Huge-swarm-locusts-descends-Mecca.html#reader-comments

The holiest site in Islam has been hit by a plague of locusts, forcing cleaners into action to drive the insects out. 

Footage shared on social media showed the insects swarming around the Great Mosque in Mecca, which hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims every year. 

 

It is actually a very good example of how the Bible and other holy books need to be interpreted* into the time/place/circumstances they're read.

Swarms of locusts happen there.  They've always happened there.  When early Jews (and later, early Christians and early Muslims) read Exodus (say), they understood what 'plague of locusts' meant.  Later, when northern Europeans started reading the Torah they responded to the plague of locusts with horror, as it was outside of their experience.

All of these holy books are full of this sort of thing -- the problems always come when they're interpreted literally.  Sadly, 'interpreted literally' happens all the time, because one of the core messages in all of them is 'interpret all the stuff in this book literally'.

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On 11/01/2019 at 09:06, MrPin said:

Look, I really can turn grape juice into wine. A miracle!xD

Pah, beginner stuff, , I can turn wine into a golden stream which sparkles in the sunlight.

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The Ten Plagues in Exodus are interesting.

Those of you who point at them and say, "These are merely natural phenomena," are correct on one level; but completely miss the point.

One crucial aspect is timing. With the swarm of locusts in Mecca, I would be more impressed if a TV evangelist had been reported as calling down God's judgement on the Kaaba the week before. But that's not enough.

The other aspect is the symbolism at play. The Ten Plagues were crafted to systematically tear down the key pillars of the Egyptian pantheon, demonstrating that they were powerless against Yahweh. Starting with the Nile itself, and Hapi - finishing with an impotent 'divine' pharaoh who could not protect his own son from death - a cruel parody of Osiris.

Hubris comes in many flavours. The demise of Daesh immediately springs to mind as a much more potent object lesson for our muslim friends.

 

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