Arguing With Children Can Be Risky

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
February 4, 2004

In a grade school lesson, a teacher was explaining a little bit about whales.

A little girl in class piped up and said: “I just learned that Jonah in the bible was swallowed by a whale.”

The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was relatively small.

The girl said: “I am sure Jonah was swallowed by a whale.”

The teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; that it was physically impossible.

The little girl replied: “My Sunday school teacher told me Jonah was swallowed and she would not lie to me.”

A bit perturbed by this, the teacher proclaimed: “That is a “story” from the bible, it is not factual, and I will not argue with you.”

After a little thought, the girl responded: “Well, when I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah.”

Now challenged, the teacher spouted: “What if Jonah didn’t go to heaven?”

Not at all daunted, the girl quipped, ” . . . . . OK,  then you ask him.”

– – “Out of the mouth of babes . . .”

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  1. Hehehe, I love this. We need this kind of faith, simple, childlike faith. Some professing to be very wise show their folly, for their truth is so limited. If God is God, if he created the universe the way the Bible describes it, then a fish can swallow a man without killing him.

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  2. That’s faith! I have 2 messages on the book of Jonah on my site, biblentsermons, and I believe Jonah was swallowed by a great fish. By the way, so does Jesus Christ, and He said so.

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  3. Good for you, little girl! I believe what you said, and so does Jesus. He’s my Teacher, and He wouldn’t lie to me either. I’ll see you in heaven! (Matthew 12:40)

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  4. Joan OF Arc 77 said:

    This was great! Yup. Out of the mouths of babies. Good for her. I bet she is ministering right now in her class!

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  5. SKL said:

    Hehehe… I love this, Get a life mate…..Due to indoctrination unfortunately the little girls scientific education has and may always be confused. This selfish attitude supports forcing ideology onto young children at all costs to sanctify your own world views.


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