Created Dec. 10, 1999 - Updated

A CHRISTIAN TEST


Sub-headings:
Source of Authority - Part 1
Everyone Is Different - Part 2
Who's Conscience? - Part 3
Accepting Help - Part 4
Justice and Fairness - Part 5
Free Moral Agency, Nothing To Hide - Part 6
Love Thy Neighbor - Part 7

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This test was originally designed to be printed out and answered in hand writing. You can still do that. The main purpose is to discern how the test taker thinks about the 7 topic sub-headings. I do not supply answers as that might bias the true beliefs of the test taker. Try it and email me with it if you like.

Source of Authority - Part 1
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Is what is said in Bible the basis of your beliefs?

 

Is the Bible the primary authority and source of guidance and accepted truth for you?

 

If there is an unreconcilable conflict between the Bible's explanation of something and a scientific/academic's explanation would you accept the Bible's view over the other view?

 

If an Apostle, a spirit messenger, or an Angel out of heaven were to declare something contrary to the Bible, would you believe them instead of the Bible? (1 John 4:1)

 

When you encounter an apparent (not confirmed) contradiction between the Bible and another source do you automatically assume the other source is wrong?

 

When you encounter an apparent contradiction between the Bible and another source, do you carefully check the Bible to make sure that you have understood it correctly (2 Cor.13:5, 1 Thess.5:21)?

 

Would you check the Bible to see if what an angel or apostle said was really backed by the Bible?

 

Is it proper to want to confirm or be certain about what an apostle, an angel, or a spirit might say?

 

Wasn't the Apostle Paul double checked by the Beroeans? (Acts 17:11)

 

Were the Beroeans acting properly in trying to confirm what Paul was preaching?

 

Is it ever permissible to take someone's word for something and not double check it?

 



Everyone Is Different - Part 2
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Does everyone grow up with the same circumstances and the same experiences as everyone else?

 

Do they grow up with different circumstances and experiences?

 

Do our circumstances and experiences affect how we think, feel, and believe?

 

Is our knowledge and understanding of things influenced by our circumstances and experience?

 

Do all people have the same knowledge and understanding as everyone else?

 

Do people's knowledge and understanding differ from one another?

 

Can knowledge or understanding of something affect one's conscience?

 

Does exercising your conscience sometimes require you to think?

 

Do different people have different consciences?

 



Who's Conscience? - Part 3
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Is there any circumstance or position in which it is proper or at least allowable for one to disregard or disobey one's conscience?

 

If you let someone else do your thinking and decision making, are you not allowing them to be your conscience as well?

 

Do you consider it important to exercise your own conscience and intellect in your service to and worship of God?

 

Do you believe you are capable of sound reasoning or thinking?

 

Do you trust your ability to reason, think, and make decisions?

 

Does God want everyone to be able to know and understand Him for themselves?

 

Would God try to make it easy to know and understand Him and His will?

 

Did Jesus try to make himself understood by the masses and give everyone a chance to hear the word of God and understand?

 

Do you believe that God wanted the Bible to be hard to understand?

 

Would you sign a contract or agree to something that you did not understand?

 

Should you trust or believe something that you do not understand?

 

Would you feel safe making your own decision about something, based on your understanding, even though others might disagree with your understanding and decision?

 

Is it allowable/wise to disregard or ignore what we know or have learned to be true, in favor of something we do not understand?

 

If you hear something new that makes sense, something you do understand, and it contradicts what you thought was true, would you change your thinking or belief?

 

If you hear something new that makes sense, seems logical, but is different than what you had believed, would you not pay any attention to it and just continue in your former belief?

 

Do you believe an idea is bad simply because it conflicts with or is different from your current thinking or beliefs?

 

Does God's acceptance and approval mean more to you than the acceptance and approval of your family or friends?

 

If you found that what you had believed was wrong and decided to change your beliefs and it upset your family or friends, would you switch back so as not to upset them anymore?

 

Is it important for you to know the truth and follow what is right, regardless of what anyone else thinks?

 



Accepting Help - Part 4
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Do you object to receiving help in general from other people?

 

Do you object to hearing or knowing how other people think and reason?

 

Could other people's thinking and reasoning be helpful in coming to understand (not necessarily believe) something?

 

Have you ever received help from a teacher in school in understanding a subject?

 

Would you object to receiving help in understanding the Bible?

 

Consider Proverbs 15:22 and 11:14 and answer: Would you think it wise to limit who or how much help you receive in studying the scriptures?

 



Justice and Fairness - Part 5
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Do you think it is important to hear both sides of a story before making a judgment about something (Prov.18:13,17)?

 

Do you think it would be fair to make a judgment at a trial if you had only been at half the trial and missed the other half (Prov.18:13)?

 

If you could be shown from the Bible that you were somehow in error about something, would you change and correct the error?

 

(Consider 1 Cor.8:2) Do you think that you know and understand the Bible perfectly, without any errors or misunderstandings, and will never need to change any of your ideas or beliefs ever again?

 


 
Free Moral Agency, Nothing To Hide - Part 6
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Does God always force people to do things against their will?

 

Does God often let people do what they want, even if it means breaking His laws and displeasing Him?

 

Were Adam and Eve free to obey or disobey God in the Garden of Eden?

 

Was Satan allowed to disobey God?

 

Was Satan allowed to question God?

 

Were there any witnesses to Satan's challenge to God?

 

Was Jesus afraid to be questioned by His enemies?

 

Did Jesus ever answer his enemies challenges or try to refute their accusations?

 

Were there any witnesses to Jesus replies to his enemies and detractors?

 

Have either Jesus or Jehovah ever had anything to hide or be ashamed of?

 

Were trials in ancient Israel held in secret?

 

Were trials in ancient Israel carried out in public view for all to hear?

 

Should followers of Jesus run from and avoid questions or accusations?

 

Should followers of Jesus be willing to explain themselves to any who inquire?

 



Love Thy Neighbor - Part 7
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Would you convict a person of a crime without giving them a chance to explain and defend themselves?

 

Would you reject a person's ideas or beliefs without allowing them a chance to reveal their reasons why they believe the way they do?

 

Is it respectful or compassionate to deliberately reject an opportunity to understand how another person thinks or feels?

 

Is it possible to "love your neighbors" or show them care when you do not care about how they think or feel, or do not want to understand them?

 

Do you want others to understand you, how you think and feel about things, why you do what you do, and what your opinions might be?

 

Would you want other people to respect you even if you thought, felt, and/or acted differently than they did?

 

Do you believe that you should love your neighbor as you would yourself?

 


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