Jonah and the Whale – Revisited

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The OverComer: Never Argue With A Kid Who Went To Sunday School!

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

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

The little girl stated that “Jonah was swallowed by a whale!”

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 is in hell?”

The little girl replied, “Then you ask him!”

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

~ Hebrews 11:1 ~


Ed. ~ Jonah and the Whale – Revisited

Although the above Whale-of-a-Story is cute and makes us laugh, we feel obligated to tell you that it is not based on the Bible. The Story of Jonah and the Whale is (sadly) taught in many Religions and Sunday Schools. However, it is no more based on fact than Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny (two other stories I have heard being taught in Sunday School!).

The school teacher in the story is correct!  Unless Jonah was an extremely small person, perhaps a dwarf, no whale could swallow him. There is nothing in the Bible that says Jonah was an abnormally small man. However, there is also nothing in the Bible that says Jonah was swallowed by a Whale!  This mysterious mythical Jonah and the Whale verse is a favorite for atheist to “quote” saying the Bible is in error ~ and it is not even in the Bible!

It is important to read the Bible back to back, back to back, back to back, and Know what it really says.  Well, The Bible says…

Now the LORD provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah,
and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:17 NIV

Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:17 KJV

And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah 1:17 ESV

So is there any evidence that a huge fish like this ever existed? Yes! A Great White Shark is a fish (all sharks are fish). They can grow to 26 feet long (about the size of a limo) and weigh more than an elephant, and open its mouth big enough to swallow seals and sea lions (bigger than humans!). Not only that but animals who have been swallowed by Great Whites (dogs, cats, goats, pigs and sheep) have reportedly been found alive when the shark was killed and cut open!

So the next time you hear the story about Jonah, remember it was more likely Jaws that swallowed him!

One more thing, what if this girl grows up, falls in love with a marine biologist who teaches her the truth, whales don’t swallow people! And that man had left his childhood faith to become an atheist, just because he found out the Bible “lied” about Jonah and the Whale – so she also lost her childhood faith, and became an atheist?

Would the Sunday School teacher who taught about Jonah and the Whale be glad two people were on their way to hell because of her teaching?

If this sounds far fetched, let me testify that I met that atheist marine biologist and helped him restore his faith in God and the Bible. by telling him the truth about Jonah. We read the verse together and when he said, “a huge fish”, he immediately added, “A Great White Shark!”

The Bible Story is really about “Jonah and the Shark!”

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