That question always seems to catch everyone’s attention and raise curiosity.

The popular game show entitled “Who wants to be a Millionaire” which originally aired in August of 1999 with Regis Philbin as the show’s first host, seemed to do just that. The game was the first US game show to offer a $1,000,000.00 top prize, so it soon became one of the highest rated TV game Shows in the history of American television.

The show features a quiz competition in which contestants attempt to win a top prize of $1,000,000 by answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. To become a millionaire a contestant must correctly answer 14 questions. The result of a single incorrect answer leads to elimination. To help answer these questions each contestant is given three lifelines to aid them in revealing the correct answer.

The show’s original three lifelines were:

  • “50:50” in which the computer eliminated two of the incorrect answers;
  • “Phone-a-Friend” which allowed the contestant to make a 30-second call to one of a number of friends (who provided their phone numbers in advance) and read them the question and answer choices, after which the friend provided input.
  •  “Ask the Audience” in which audience members use touch pads to designate what they believe the correct answer to be, after which the percentage of the audience choosing each specific option is displayed to the contestant.

This show continues to remain very popular today.

Another popular question that always seems to catch everyone’s attention and raise curiosity. What Must I do to go to Heaven?

In Matthew 19:16-26 we read of a young man commonly referred to as the “Rich Young Ruler” who asked Christ about attaining eternal life, but didn’t seem to accept the answer that was given. We find many today seeking the answer but perhaps are looking in the wrong place or looking for an answer that pleases them.

In seeking the answer to this all important question, many seem to use a similar strategy as playing the “Millionaire Game” using the lifelines or helps of the “50:50” just guessing or perhaps “flipping a coin” being content that there is a 50% chance of getting it right.  Many choose to use a strategy similar to the “Phone-a-Friend” seeking the advice of a friend or family member, while others rely on “Asking the Audience” in other words relying on popular opinion rather than seeking and accepting answers from the Word of God.  Salvation is in Christ, the Inspired Word is where we learn of Him.

        John 5:39   Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

        2 Timothy 3:16-17   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

By: Scott Jacques

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