Arguing with children can be risky

In an elementary school lesson, a

One little girl in the class raised her hand and said: “I just learned that Jonah in the bible was swallowed by a whale.”

The teacher explained that it is physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it is a very large mammal, its throat is very small.

The girl did not believe him and replied, “I am almost certain Jonah was swallowed by a whale.”

“I am telling you, it is not possible,” replied the teacher.

The little girl raised her hand again. “My Sunday school teacher told me Jonah was swallowed by a whale and she would not lie to me.”

Frustrated, the teacher replied, “That is a ‘story’ from the bible, it is not factual, and I will not argue with you anymore.”

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

In an attempt to fluster the little girl, the teacher replied, “What if Jonah didn’t go to heaven?”

The girl quickly responded, ” . . . . . ok, then YOU ask him.”