Arguing with children can be risky

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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