So this little Christian girl said to her Atheist dad, while her Christian mum was out of the house :
"What's the point doing Maths homework; Jesus could come back tomorrow"
Atheist Dad's brain turned to mince. It churned slowly through the following possible answers :-
(1) "Don't be daft - there's no such thing as Jesus - and even if there were, he's never coming back"
-- Not nice to belittle anyone's faith; not least the faith of his little princess. Also it's not a provable statement - just a belief of Atheist Dad's.
(2) Use the Bible back at her
-- His knowledge of scripture isn't up to scratch - and little Christian girl knows it pretty well. And anyway he doesn't believe that book can be used to prove anything.
(3) Victorian father : "Because I am your Father, and you will obey my commands ! For I am wise in the way of the world, and you are but an infant."
-- Puh-leez !
(4) Sit there with mouth hanging open and mind doing loop-the-loops
He opted for option 4.
When Christian mum came back, she compiled half a dozen decent quotations where the Bible is down on laziness, lack of pride in your work etc.
It figures : the stereotype of Jewish children being pushed so hard to study must have had some basis in the Old Testament. Most people I know who are serious about their religion also take immense pride in their non-religious work.
Christian Girl was obviously just trying to wind up her dad, which is natural and BOY did she ever succeed.
Any advice gratefully received !