About a year ago I was visiting a church I had not been to before. I found myself sitting in on the youth Sunday school lesson and had witnessed an exchange that I will probably never forget.
The previous week the teens had taken a quiz on the Old Testament and this week they were going through their answers to see how they did. As the Sunday school teacher was going through her answer sheet, she came upon a question dealing with who wrote the Old Testament. The answer, according to the Sunday school teacher, was “God.”
One of the students, who had gotten this answer wrong, spoke up and asked, “But didn’t Moses write some of it?” Having a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, I felt that this was a good question for a teen to ask that could lead to some interesting conversations. Before I could try and engage the students in discussion, the teacher turned to the student and sharply said, “The answer is God.” The teen changed her answer, put her head down, and remained quiet for the rest of the morning.