Traditionally, leaders have asked their questions in private, while publicly sharing and disseminating only their authoritative answers, whether written on clay tablets, parchment, or stone tablets. The job of the people in traditional organizations was not to ask but to listen and obey. Challenging that passive role was perilous. In the Old Testament, for instance, Korah and other concerned Israelites challenge Moses with two simple but earth-shaking questions: "Why do you lift up yourself above the people? Aren't we all holy in the eyes of the Lord?" (Numbers 16). Korah gets a swift, decisive answer: The earth opens up and swallows him and his companions. Message: Don't question Moses. Yet 25 or so centuries later, when Martin Luther asked essentially the same questions of the Catholic Church, it proved unable to silence him, and the result was the Protestant Reformation, a vast disordering of Christian faith, but also a vast unleashing of creative spiritual energy.