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Suffer the Little Children...

by Edward ODaniel / July 2, 2004 10:06 PM PDT

A little girl was talking to her teacher about Jonah being swallowed by a whale. The teacher laughed and said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that the Bible said Jonah was swallowed by a whale so it must be possible.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah".

The teacher asked, " What if Jonah went to hell?"

The little girl replied, "Then you ask him".


A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."

The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."


A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honor" thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"

Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, "Thou shall not kill."


One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"

Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"


The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'

A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher, She's dead. "


A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.."

"Yes," the class said.

"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?"

A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty."


The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: "Take only ONE. God is watching." Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples ."

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Re: Suffer the Little Children...
by R Bibb / July 2, 2004 10:37 PM PDT
This is one of the Bible stories most ridiculed by people who consider themselves sophisticated and intellectual. Skeptics say that no whale could swallow a man in the first place, and, even if he did, the man would certainly never survive three days and three nights in his belly, as the Bible claims.

The "great fish" may have been either a whale or a shark or even a fish specially prepared by the Lord for this purpose. (The Hebrew and Greek words that are used merely mean "a great aquatic animal.") Some species of whales and some species of sharks are quite capable of swallowing a man whole. Among these are the sperm whale, the white shark, and the whale shark, all of which have been found with whole animals as large or larger than a man in their stomachs.

How could Jonah survive three days in the belly of a "whale"?
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Re: Suffer the Little Children...
by gearup / July 2, 2004 10:50 PM PDT

Interesting that anyone who doesnt believe this story is "an atheist" as per the url. I wonder what else they threaten children with or is atheism equal to hell and perdition?

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Re: Suffer the Little Children...
by Diana Forum moderator / July 2, 2004 11:20 PM PDT

I was always taught that the Bible is a book of faith, not science. There are a lot of scientific impossibilities in the Bible besides Jonah. If God made the world, he can definitely mess with it when the need arises (for instance, Joshua making the sun stand still).

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Or perhaps, Gearup...
by J. Vega / July 3, 2004 5:18 AM PDT

Or perhaps they are linguists. I have seem more than one reference by one saying that in ancient Aramaic swallowed by a great fish was slang for faced with an impossible task. BTW trivia, many of them also say that turned to a pillar of salt was ancient Aramaic slang for forever made barren, which would be a terrible punishment for a woman back then.
Language is quite interesting, especially some slang.

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(NT) (NT) Thanks Ed. Good timing. I needed that for some emails.
by crowsfoot / July 3, 2004 4:16 AM PDT
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You are welcome Bob...
by Edward ODaniel / July 3, 2004 4:34 AM PDT

please use them conservatively... Wink

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Re: You are welcome Bob...
by Mark G / July 3, 2004 4:41 AM PDT
In reply to: You are welcome Bob...

thanks ed and safe 4th of july my friend

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Never give a inch or let slide a good double entendre,
by crowsfoot / July 3, 2004 6:33 AM PDT
In reply to: You are welcome Bob...

ya' old (fellow) crab! :-))) Happy 4/th!

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(NT) (NT) btw: PEACE!!!
by crowsfoot / July 3, 2004 7:05 AM PDT
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Re: Suffer the Little Children...
by John Robie / July 3, 2004 7:42 AM PDT

Some more Ed that I received in a email:

"This comes from a Catholic elementary school. Kids were asked questions about the Old and New Testaments. The following statements about the bible were written by children. They have not been retouched or corrected (i.e.,incorrect spelling has been left in.)

1. In the first book of the bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world, so he took the Sabbath off.

2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals come on to in pears.

3. Lot's wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.

4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with the unsympathetic Genitals.

5. Samson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.

6. Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.

7. Moses led the hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread which is bread without any ingredients.

8. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten ammendments.

9. The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.

10. The seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.

11. Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the hebrews in the battle of Geritol.

12. The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.

13. David was a hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finklesteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times.

14. Solomon, one of David's sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.

15. When Mary heard she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.

16. When the three wise guys from the east side arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.

17. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.

18. St. John the blacksmith dumped water on his head.

19. Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you. He also explained, "a man doth not live by sweat alone."

20. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.

21. The people who followed the lord were called the 12 decibels.

22. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.

23. One of the oppossums was St. Matthew who was also ataximan.

24. St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.

25. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.

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