The most popular quiz show on television is Jeopardy!, where the most quick-witted and knowledgeable contestants respond to hints that confound most home viewers.
However, one seemingly simple clue regarding the Lord’s Prayer baffled all three contestants in a recent episode, much to the surprise of several Christian fans.
The $200 clue—the smallest and often easiest amount on the board—was read during the June 13 program by host Mayim Bialik in the category “Dadjectives.”
“This “Be Thy Name,” says Matthew 6:9, ‘Our Father Who Art In Heaven.'”
Anyone who remembers learning the Lord’s Prayer in Sunday school will be familiar with the answer, which is “hallowed” (or rather, “what is hallowed,” per Jeopardy! regulations).
It happens frequently on Jeopardy! solutions to baffle the competitors, even those that seemed simple, but the fact that no one understood the answer to one of Christianity’s most popular prayers seems to have touched a chord among the faithful.
“On Jeopardy last night, not a single contestant understood the solution…Are you awake yet? a Twitter user questioned.
Knowing the Lord’s Prayer as a child was similar to learning the Pledge of Allegiance. You simply did,” reads one tweet.
Although it might not be a sign of the end times, another commenter said that it “definitely speaks volumes about Americans and their faith…or lack thereof.”
Some viewers interpreted it as a sign of waning confidence in the US, while others were simply surprised they failed to recognize a fairly obvious indication.
One Twitter user said, “I’m an atheist yet even I knew the answer to the lord’s prayer question.
“My 4-year-old niece correctly answered this Jeopardy question! Could it be that the participants have never heard of The Lord’s Prayer? another composed.
What kind of Jeopardy! Nerds wouldn’t know the solution. Are they unfamiliar with Iron Maiden? In jest, another user alluded to the Iron Maiden song “Hallowed Be Thy Name.”
Some observers were astonished to find that every competitor was baffled by an apparently simple question, but others showed greater composure. Due of their low scores, two of the competitors may have chosen to play it safe rather than risk falling farther behind.
It’s also important to note that Jeopardy! routinely asks questions on Christianity and the Bible, and participants frequently get answers right to problems that even ardent churchgoers would find difficult. In fact, it’s such a typical area that some have complained that the show features too many Christian-related inquiries.
Additionally, Jeopardy! accepts contestants from diverse backgrounds and religious beliefs; it is very likely that these three contestants did not grow up in the same Christian environment as many viewers.
The Final Jeopardy answer was, “He starred in the 2 films whose soundtracks were the top 2 bestselling albums of 1978.” Despite the fact that the competitors were baffled by the Lord’s Prayer, they did a little better when it came to ’70s movies.
The appropriate answer? Travolta, John (The soundtracks included Grease and Saturday Night Fever). Suresh Krishnan, who was competing, won, extending his winning streak to six games.
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