Biblical references

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Besides, the Bible can be interpreted different ways. Perhaps the flaming sword could be symbolic. A flaming sword is a hot weapon, like the treacherous desert. And perhaps it was the cherubims who were responsible for the men being pulled into the sand or for the water becoming sand.

I must say, although you could’ve run into trouble talking about religion and politics in your story – especially at a time like this with a nation so divided – you’ve done an excellent job of including both in a manner that I don’t think was offensive. Keep up the good work!