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Sidewalk art


My neighbors drew this wonderful art on the sidewalk on our block. It's one of my favorite stories from the Old Testament, I guess because it involves animals. The short of it is that the Creator feels the need to start fresh, and gets one human and his family to round up representatives of all the animals onto a giant boat. Then the Creator kills his creation with a massive storm and flood that lasts more than a month. The 40 days and 40 nights on the floating zoo must have been a terrible ordeal. The Creator thought ahead to order Noah to bring more of the animals that were considered clean for eating--have to feed those big cats something!

When it was all over, the Creator produces a gorgeous multicolored band of light across the sky--a rainbow--and declares that it is his sign that the deluge is over, and that it will appear again when ever it rains, as a symbol of the agreement not to destroy the world again.

(Probably this story came up because of all the flooding that happened last week!)


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Mar. 20th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Makes me think of this:

And the rainbow was a only a promise not to destroy the world again using water. The Big Guy still has a few apocalyptic arrows in his quiver. Some people see the rainbow as a menacing reminder that It can wipe us out any time It pleases.

Edited at 2010-03-20 03:35 pm (UTC)
Mar. 20th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
what do you think are the creatures getting onto the boat? i like to think that those are stick people and a cthulhu (or fsm?) behind them.
Mar. 20th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Seven years of catholic school, plus 4 more years of weekly catechism classes and I swear I never heard the bit about the rainbow. But I do recall the release of a dove and it bringing back an olive branch. And something about a promise to destroy the earth with fire "next time."

Looking back, I wonder why it took so long for me to discover agnosticism. . .
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