Bible Trivia: We Got Some Learnin’ to Do

By John Stonestreet

Jeff FoxworthyThe words “Bible” and “trivia” should never be used in the same sentence. And I’ll tell you why…

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has proved to be a pretty good game show host on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,” though at times what the show reveals is no laughing matter. Too many contestants, who’ve already received high school or even college diplomas, demonstrate ignorance of the basic facts of geography, math, and English literature.

Well, Foxworthy’s new game show may well reveal biblical ignorance. It’s called “The American Bible Challenge,” and it will test contestants’ knowledge of biblical topics. It’s going to be interesting to see how people do on the show, especially Christians who claim to take the Bible so seriously. But I’d hope they would do quite well if they were to compete against some of the delegates at the recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

According to various blog reports, delegates were discussing a resolution to add the English Standard Version of the Bible to the list of officially approved versions for the denomination. Then someone discovered that the ESV rendering of 1 Corinthians 6:9 clearly includes those who unrepentantly practice homosexuality as among those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Well, immediately a new vote was called, and the resolution on the ESV was, in essence, tabled. But then someone got around to reading the other translations and were shocked to discover that essentially the same wording is found in the RSV, the NIV, the CEV, and several other versions already approved for use in the Episcopal Church…


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