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How do you become a Christian apologist? Simple. You just say “God did it” every time someone points out a biblical impossibility. The more fancy you make it sound, the more casually you look and speak, the more emotion you throw into your explanations, the more popular and respected you will be.

Case in point: Here’s Dr. Sean McDowell attempting to answer whether the character Jonah was really swallowed by a whale and lived inside its body for three days and three nights.

The correct answer, of course, is Hahahahahaha, of course that’s not true.

His answer is a fancy form of “God did it.”

First, he offers some factors that he claims give the story a “ring of authenticity”: Jesus mentioned him as a historical figure, Jonah’s not a typical hero, etc. (Checkmate, atheists!)

Then he gets into the bigger picture.

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… Look, if God could speak the world into existence; if God can make life from non-life; if God can come down in the person of Jesus and walk on water, heal the blind, and heal lepers, then putting Jonah in the fish for three days is child’s play.

[We have] good historical reason to think it’s authentic, but when we step back and look at the larger case for God, then Jonah being swallowed by a big fish is actually quite easy in many circumstances to believe could be true.

There you have it. I can only assume all of you are convinced. I mean, there was music in the video. What more do you need to be convinced that Christian myths are true?!

(Thanks to Kyle for the link)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.