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Believing the Bible
Keywords: Belief; Bible; Children; Inspiration of Scripture; Ministers; Miracles; Supernatural Occurrences
Filters: Humor, Youth & Children, Christian Culture, Weekly Updates, Stories
References: Jonah 1Look up Scripture; Jonah 2Look up Scripture; Matthew 19:26Look up Scripture
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A certain pastor observed a little girl standing outside the preschool Sunday school classroom between Sunday school and worship, waiting for her parents to come and pick her up for "big church." The pastor noticed that she clutched a big storybook under her arm with the title "Jonah and the Whale."

Feeling mischievous, he knelt beside the girl and asked, "What's that you have in your hand?"

"This is my storybook about Jonah and the whale," she answered.

"Tell me something," he continued, "do you believe that story about Jonah and the whale?"

The girl said, "Why, of course I believe it!"

The pastor inquired further, "You really believe a man can be swallowed up by a big whale, stay inside him all that time, and come out okay?"

She declared, "Yes! This story is in the Bible, and we talked about it in Sunday school today."

Then the pastor asked, "Can you prove to me this story is true?"

She thought for a moment and then said, "Well, when I get to heaven, I'll ask Jonah."

Finally the pastor asked, "What if Jonah's not in heaven?"

The girl put her hands on her hips and sternly declared, "Then YOU can ask him!"

Citation: Rich Tatum, Carol Stream, Illinois; source unknown