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Story Of Jonah Truly Real

Is the story of Jonah for real? Should I take this story literally? Did he really get swallowed by a big fish and live in it's stomach for a while then fish spit him out?

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 ---sue on 4/24/06
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The bible says God prepared a big fish. That sounds like real to me. If God said it, I believe it.
---shira on 5/8/08


The Bible gives no indication it wasn't real, so that's good enough for me to believe it was real.
---WIVV on 8/27/07


greetings,we all have been eaten by the big fish of sel'fish'ness.after examining our sorry condition we ask God to spew us upon fertile soil.we all were once jonahs.is this not jonah reborn?
---earl on 10/25/06


Do you beieve in the word of God? Why do you doubt if its a true story? The fact of the whole story is, its teaching us to have faith in God and not be like doubtful and no confident Jonah. Just Dont be a Jonah. Have faith in God all the way
---mmadm on 10/24/06


Yes, and so was the story of Jacob who put striped sticks before Laban's cattle and they reproduced stipred offsprins, so was Samson, so was Adam and Eve in the garden. I am saying this because some Christians have trouble believing these portion of the bible including Jonah's as literal.
---Okebaram on 10/22/06




Yes, and so was the story of Jacob who put striped sticks before Laban's cattle and they reproduced stipred offsprins, so was Samson, so was Adam and Eve in the garden. I am saying this because some Christians have trouble believing these portion of the bible including Jonah's as literal.
---Okebaram on 10/22/06


The fact that Jesus believed that Jonah was an actual person who was swallowed by a great fish is good enough reason for me to believe it as well.
---Kay on 10/22/06


For all I know there is no other historical evidence of Jonah. Now, he could be a real person, I know Nineveh, Joppa were real cities. And also people had to memorize these stories. So it makes sense for them to summ up Jonah's experiences into a great story. But at the same time, I agree with Jack, It doesn't matter if he really was in the Fish/whale or not, the point is that God is all forgiving and love.

"If we cannot question or test our faith, do we really have faith?" -Anonomous
---Angela on 10/21/06


Yes the story of Jonah is true... God never lies. It is much easier to just simply believe what the word of God says. When we try to work it all out we can easily step off into unbelief.
---Helen_5378 on 5/16/06


Mima, I've heard a similar story.

While the Jonah can be read and understood on many levels, the main significance Jesus Himself put on it (which closes the issue for me) is as a figure of His death, burial, and resurrection.
---Jack on 5/16/06




Here's an interesting story in connection with this. Some time around 1870 a whaling expedition pulled a whale from the water and while cutting him up saw something moving in his stomach sac, which turned out to be one of their own men. He was alive, had been missing for over an hour, and he was bleached totally white. This man returned home to Bedford Massachusetts and live for some 15 years afterwards. The story is from strange happenings by a Mr. and Mrs. Wallace.
---mima on 4/29/06


A Christian is a person who follows the teaching and example of Jesus. Jesus believed the story of Jonah was real (also the 6-day creation, the flood, the full 10 Commandments, etc.). How about you? Are you a follower of Jesus, or are you smarter than Him?
---jerry6593 on 4/29/06


It IS interesting that those gastric juices would have bleached Jonah out and he would have come up white instead of dark. Even that sounds like the work of Christ...a dark man went down and a white, righteous man came up.
---Linda6563 on 4/29/06


In the Hebrew (this is in the Jerusalum Bible to) Jonah goes 'to the bottem of the sea to the people of the past.' (metaphor?) Where did Jesus go during the time between his death and ressurection? This is metaphor, another prefiguring of Christ, "The sign of Jonah."
---MikeM on 4/29/06


(just a thought) The people of Ninivah worshiped Dagon, a half man fish deity. If little Johah had survived in the Whale(fish) the gastric juices would have bleached his skin. (Note the scripture says Jonah WAS the sign) This scary looking 'bleached out man would have inspired dread in the Ninivites. As the sign he got their attention, and they listened. Yahweh used their own false deity against them.

Moderator - Interesting.
---MikeM on 4/29/06


#2. Matthew 12:40(etc). It is clear that Jesus accepted it as true story. A historical fact. Those who say otherwise (skeptics) must agrue with Jesus. He accepted it as real.
---Ramon on 4/29/06


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Sue.Yes it real. Its not false. Christ mention it in the NT.If he believe, so do I!.
---Ramon on 4/29/06


Further evidence to me of its actual happening is found in the words of Jesus when He refers to it as an actual event. Matthew 12:39-41, 16:14, Luke 11:29-32.
---Wayne87 on 4/29/06


I believe God's word is true and factual. I believe in miracles, for I believe in God. There is no indication in scripture that the call, experiences, and preaching of Jonah is not factual. Someday we may find historical records of the work and effects in Ninevah of his preaching, but since God has preserved it in His word, I believe it to be true, even without any other proof.
---Wayne87 on 4/29/06


God said it, that settles it, Praise God I believe it too!
---wes on 4/27/06


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Yep, it sure is real. God says it and I believe it.
---Helen_5378 on 4/26/06


God said it I believe it. I had a friend get saved after reading the story of Jonah. He recognized that Jonah was just like us, stubborn, wanted to disobey God. Sat all puffed up and angry. But in the end God still loved him and forgave him. Its a great story about salvation and forgiveness.
---NV_Barbara on 4/26/06


Jesus refered to Jonah therefore I believe it literally happen.
---mima on 4/25/06


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