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30 June, 2006

Apocryphal Matthew

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And he that not even heareth these sayings of mine, and shutteth his ears to them, shall be likened unto a mad man, which built his house upon the sand and the rocks that he put in the middle of the ocean:

29 And the storms descended, and the wind blew, and the tides came and washed away the sand and rocks from under that house, and it fell: and not unexpected leastsoever was the fall of it

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11 Comments:

Blogger Minkey Chief said...

Amen.

30 June, 2006 08:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any takers for my property on the Palm? Don't wanna be caught with my pants down in a pile of sand and rocks in the midst of this watery all :-(

30 June, 2006 10:04  
Blogger ReginaFilangee said...

A bluddy Men! i knew there was something in the bible about building house upon the sand!

30 June, 2006 13:22  
Blogger Dani said...

Alleluia.

30 June, 2006 14:05  
Anonymous sheep O_O said...

This one would have made a great video
:-/

01 July, 2006 06:56  
Blogger el condo said...

What honestly amazes me is the almost total concurrence of people from all walks of life on this issue. Virtually everyone (experts or not) are saying the same thing...it's an apocalypse in the making. This right from housemaids up to affluent Westerners who once used to call this place a paradise on earth.

Yet the building goes on. Obviously there's someone (qualified we presume) who still says these things are tectonically viable.

When it happens, let's just remember there was plenty of warning.

01 July, 2006 10:16  
Anonymous Cassandra said...

I've been telling people this for ages. Not that anyone believes me...

01 July, 2006 13:38  
Blogger DesertNorm said...

I don't concur on this issue at all. In fact I'm not even sure what the issue is. If it rains a lot, all the sand will be washed away and our houses will fall down ? Good job we don't get much rain then isn't it ?

And I think that several people, some of them qualified, do believe that this thing is tectonically viable but I think that you are referring to earthquakes there.

There are much better examples of mankind choosing unsuitable locations for making homes: active faults, flood plains, in forests that regularly burn down. Dubai is, as far we can tell from studying history, at relatively low risk from natural disasters.
I believe that the Bible stories were to be taken less as a kind of building regulations manual and more as a collection of metaphors. This one meaning there's no point in building a fancy house unless you put in good foundations, something which the huge number of piling rigs you can see about town are working on as we speak.

01 July, 2006 15:02  
Anonymous Aro said...

"Dubai is, as far we can tell from studying history, at relatively low risk from natural disasters."

I wouldn't be that positive. It seems to me that there is not much written history about the tectonic activity in the region. So it is quite hard to tell.
Furthermore, presuming that the most devastating earthquakes are those which are better remembered, and given the fact that until recently the native population of the region was not clustered in relatively dense cities, but was rather scattered in very small towns, villages and moving camps, then how could a major earthquake in say 1760 be remembered until now?

01 July, 2006 18:01  
Blogger rummyjohn said...

The apocrypha is a questionable source of parables, let alone architectural guidelines

02 July, 2006 07:28  
Blogger DesertNorm said...

then how could a major earthquake in say 1760 be remembered until now?

You're right, but the same could be said probably of Auckland or San Francisco, er, no, wait...

The way risk is evaluated is based on the number of small and recent earthquakes in a region and the reasoning that the more small earthquakes you have near to your house, the more likely you are to have a massive one some day.

Check this out, they're happening all the time.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/

02 July, 2006 13:14  

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