Jeopardy! Contestants Stumble on Lord's Prayer - Outraged Christian Community Reacts

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Both believers and skeptics have been shocked by what happened to three contestants on Jeopardy! Broadcast on June 16. The contestants were stumped when asked about the Lord's Prayer, which sparked a lot of controversy on the social media.

Mayim Bialik, the host of the show and a former cast member of The Big Bang Theory, gave a clue: "Matthew 6:9 says, "Our Father which art in heaven" this "be thy name." Despite being a $200 question, none of the competitors could give the right answer, "hallowed."

Contestants' Failure to Identify Lord's Prayer Stirs Controversy

According to, the occurrence generated a wave of surprise and discussion on social media platforms very quickly. On Twitter, Mimi Joeckel expressed her disbelief by asking, "Are you waking up yet? No one on Jeopardy last night knew the answer to this." 

The North American Mission Board's Trevin Wax, Vice President of Research and Resource Development, saw the incident as a symptom of a larger trend. According to his argument, it was a sign of a reducing society and the decline of common Christian knowledge.

Franklin Graham, President and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, expressed a similar viewpoint, affirming the significance of the contestants' inability to answer as a reflection of the wider society's increasing detachment from biblical principles. According to Christian Headlines, Graham took to Twitter to highlight the decline in biblical literacy and the general lack of awareness concerning matters related to God's Word. He cautioned that this departure from biblical values would lead to dire consequences for the nation, comparing it to facing "double Jeopardy."

Even non-believers expressed surprise at the lack of recognition for the phrase from the New Testament's Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), with one Twitter user admitting that she is an atheist, and even she knew the answer to that lord's prayer question.

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The Decline and Jeopardy of Christianity is Surfacing

According to the story in NBC News, in a survey conducted by consumer analytics platform CivicScience, it was revealed that a considerable proportion of young people are tuning in to the show "Jeopardy," but a majority of over 60% of regular viewers are above the age of 35. In the Pew Research Center survey, they discovered that young people, not just in the United States but also around the world, are showing less interest in religion lately. 

The Lord's Prayer, which remains consistent in its use of the word "hallowed," can be found in the Bible in Matthew 6:9-13. However, slight variations may exist among different Christian sects and versions of the Bible regarding certain words within the prayer.

According to the article in Fox 5, in the particular episode of Jeopardy, the Final Jeopardy clue involved actors and two out of the three contestants answered correctly. Suresh Krishnan continued his winning streak for the sixth consecutive day, accumulating a total of $96,595. However, earlier in his run, Krishnan faced criticism from fans due to his and his fellow contestants' lack of buzzing in for what fans believed to be a majority of the questions.

Following the episode, a fan expressed their thoughts on Twitter, describing the viewing experience as painful and remarking that the episode ranked among the top 10 in terms of unanswered clues.

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