The Effects of Bible Quizzing
I was in Spanish class at my Christian school on a Tuesday when Ms. Lawrence, my Spanish teacher, mentioned something about the oneness of God. So the class started a great discussion on the Godhead.
About 20 minutes later, a fellow student asked, “Why do some religions believe the Godhead is three in one as opposed to some of us who believe the Godhead is separate?” Ms. Lawrence then said she would like the class to have an open discussion on that topic so a couple of students raised their hands and gave their responses.
I did not really want to argue so I just sat back and listened as they gave their answers. Towards the end of the discussion, Ms. Lawrence stated, “Well, I’m not exactly sure why some believe the Godhead is three in one. Not to offend anyone in here, but if they would just read the Bible, none of this nonsense would be going on.”
I raised my hand and calmly stated, “Nonsense, nonsense? Offence taken. In all due respect, if you would read the Bible, you would understand. In Mark 12:29, the Bible clearly states, “And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.’” The Bible also says in I Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
She didn’t have anything to say about my response so she simply replied, “See me after class.” After class, I came up to her having plenty more verses in mind to share with her, such as Isaiah 42:8, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Or maybe I would even quote Ephesians 4:5-6, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” But once I reached her after class, she said, “Oh, sorry. I’m busy.”
Even though I wanted to share more of the truth with Ms. Lawrence, I was thankful I decided to speak up in the class and declare my beliefs to the entire class. Without Bible quizzing, I would not have been armed with the right words to say or even the courage to say it–just two of the amazing effects of Bible quizzing.
J.J. is a member of Youth Ablāz Student Ministries in Jacksonville, FL. He is a Boy Scout, Bible quizzer, and all-around amazing guy. Oh, he’s also a Gator fan…but we won’t hold that against him.
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