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The Story of Jonah in the Bible: Three Reasons to Believe

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Many people find the story of Jonah in the Bible very hard to believe because of what might be called the climax of the story: Jonah, a servant of God, lived for three days and nights in the belly of a whale (Matthew 12:40, Old Testament book of Jonah). How could he have breathed under water for that long (not to mention the fact that he was inside of a whale under water)? While some people ask questions like these simply because they do not want to believe the Bible; others ask because they honestly just don't see how the story of Jonah in the Bible could be true. There are three compelling reasons to believe that Jonah literally survived three days and nights in the belly of a whale.

The Fish Was Prepared!


The scriptures plainly tell us, "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" (KJV, Jonah 1:17). Note that the scripture says that God PREPARED a fish to swallow Jonah. Since the Lord had already made all of the animals of the world, according to the book of Genesis, we know that there was something very special about the fish in this Bible story. He or she had to be PREPARED. That is the key word and point. God's word does not reveal to us whether the Lord made that fish "from scratch" for the sole purpose of housing Jonah in its belly or whether he altered a type of fish he had already created.

We do not have to know which he did. What is important to realize is that the fish that swallowed Jonah was not an ordinary animal. Why do the scriptures specifically tell us that the Lord PREPARED a fish? The answer should be obvious: we are not being told to believe that the story of Jonah in the Bible involves a man that lived inside of an ordinary fish or an ordinary whale--at least not without divine preparation to preserve life.

Jonah in a Whale, Worms in a Man


Divine intervention created survival conditions that allowed the story of Jonah in the Bible to take place. Cannot tape worms as well as a host of other parasites live inside of a person much longer than three days and three nights? Yes, they can, because the condition of their bodies and that of their host (the person in which they live) allow for their survival.

Let us keep in mind that man says that according to the laws of aerodynamics, it is impossible for the bumble to fly. Yet we all know that bumble bees fly. This is because God, not man, made them. Their behavior, abilities, and survival conditions are not subject to man's laws or understanding but to God's. Likewise, both Jonah and the fish or whale that swallowed him had the behavior, abilities, and survival conditions necessary for the story of Jonah in the Bible to take place.

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The Bible teaches hard and soft sciences, history and pre-history with astounding accuracy. Biology, physics, hydrology, meteorology and even psychology are taught in scripture long before text books were ever written. Hundreds of prophecies have been fulfilled in every detail--prophecies concerning not only Jesus' birth, but many others that can be verified in our modern times. The scriptures even speak of the technological advances that the world has seen and that it will see in the near future. Please see links at the end of this article to the information that proves these amazing statements.

In light of these truths, as well as the other facts we've pointed out, belief in the veracity of the story of Jonah in the Bible has overwhelming and undeniable support. If the Bible is true when it comes to science, history, pre-history and prophecy, why should we doubt that it is true when we read of Jonah in the belly of a whale? Our God is awesome!
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