Argumentative Essay #1
Mehrad Rajab Shabani
October 25, 2017
In the book of Jonah, God sends the profit Jonah to the land of the Ninevites in order to warn them about being destroyed as a result of their wrongful behaviour that was seen as evil to those worshipping his God (Jonah, 1:9). Though, Jonah’s actions were against god’s demand as he heads in the opposite direction toward Tarshish to escape God’s orders, and thus gets eaten by a fish and realizes he must do as God says. Ultimately, Jonah’s hateful actions towards the Ninevites was due to his strong feelings towards his God and his lack of remorse for the individuals of Nineveh as a result of their opposing warships.
One may say that the actions of Jonah prove to be wrongful not only as a human being but rather in the eyes of his God as well. The reason is that Jonah’s hatred toward the Ninevites was possibly due to the threat that the Assyrians wanted their own way of ruling and their own ways of worshipping Idol Gods. Thus, Jonah perception was that the Ninevites are enemies of his God, who is the only God to be worshipped. When examining his thoughts on the issue, one may see this to be true as he suggests that his reason for resistance in sending God’s message to the Ninevites and thus fleeing to Tarshish is that he knew the compassion of his God towards all people and that God will forgive them although they are his enemies (Jonah, 4:2).
Although Jonah’s actions may be...