A little girl, being asked by a priest to attend religious service, refused, saying that it was against her father's wishes. The priest said she should obey him, for he was "Father."
"Oh, no, for Jesus said, 'Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your father, which is in heaven,' "the girl replied.
The priest was not anxious to lose a religious discussion with so small a girl, so he said, "You have no business reading the Bible."
"Then why did Jesus tell me to search the scriptures,' "she said.
The priest answered, "That is only for clergy. You understand that a child cannot know the scriptures."
"Then why," she asked, "did Paul tell Timothy that 'from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation?'"
"Timothy was being trained to be bishop and was being taught by church authorities," the priest countered.
"That cannot be," the girl replied, "for he was taught by his mother and grandmother, Eunice and Lois. At least that is what Paul wrote."
The priest turned away, and someone heard him mumble something about "that girl knows enough about the Bible to poison a whole parish."