Here are the Questions from the Pew Forums’ Survey about Christianity

Here are the questions from yesterday’s article, “Actually Bible Reader and Bible Class Attenders Scored Highest on Pew Forums’ Religious Knowledge Test“.

  1. Will you tell me the names of the first four books of the New Testament of the Bible, that is the Four Gospels?
  2. What is the first book of the Bible?
  3. Where, according to the Bible, was Jesus born? (a) Bethlehem, (b) Jericho, (c) Jerusalem, or (d) Nazareth
  4. Which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments (a) Do not commit adultery, (b) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, (c) Do not steal, or (d) Keep the Sabbath holy?
  5. A. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with remaining obedient to God despite suffering? B. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with leading the exodus from Egypt? C. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with willingness to sacrifice his son for God?
  6. What was the name of the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation? (a) Martin Luther, (b) Thomas Aquinas, (c) John Wesley, or (d) Don’t know
  7. Which one of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening? (a) Jonathan Edwards , (b) Charles Finney, (c) Billy Graham, or (d) Don’t know
  8. Which of these religious groups traditionally teaches that salvation comes through faith alone? (a) Only Protestants, (b) Only Catholics, (c) Both (Protestants) and (Catholics), or (d) Neither (Protestants) nor (Catholics)
  9. Which of the following best describes Catholic teaching about the bread and wine used for communion? (a) The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ, (b) The bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, (c) Other, or (d) Don’t know.

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4 Responses to Here are the Questions from the Pew Forums’ Survey about Christianity

  1. flippertie says:

    “There are no higher or purer morals than that of Christ and the Bible. ”

    The Bible stands against segregation and the NT spends numerous verses against such

    Here you run again against the dilemma of the contradictions between the Old and New testaments.

    Christ may have had the highest and purest morals, and been against segregation as you say.

    But the bible as a whole has a multitude of verses that support segregation, slaughter and slavery – none of which represent the pinnacle of morality.
    e.g.
    Leviticucs20:24 “I am the Lord thy God, which have separated you from other people.”
    Ezekiel 9:5- As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. 6 Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.
    DEUTERONOMY 7:3 “NEITHER SHALT THOU MAKE MARRIAGES WITH THEM: thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.”
    Nehemiah 13:23-30 In those days also I saw the Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they could not speak the language of Judah, but only the language of each people. And I confronted them and cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their hair. And I made them take oath in the name of God, saying, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.

    The old testament is undeniably full of commandments, injunctions, actions and laws that any civilised person today must find wrong and immoral.

    Acts 17:26 (KJV): “And [God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” This verse is extracted from Paul’s Sermon on Mars Hill, and is normally interpreted as a declaration of Christian universalism; indeed, it was commonly used in the nineteenth century to refute racist theories of polygenesis. But the phrase “bounds of their habitation” was used to claim that segregation, as an existing “bound,” must ipso facto be divinely ordained.

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    • Ezekiel 9 is symbolic of an angel! This did not take place. This was a vision. This shows your bigotry. Everyone who treats these passages fairly and keeps them in context sees clearly that these are not what you make them out to be. As for segregation, the Jews were to segregate themselves from the Nations before Christ to keep them pure from false gods and sins.

      Your very statements are prejudice. You try to segregate people based on the Law of Moses, a law to bring the Jews through idolatry to Christ. You’re not illiterate. You can read Romans and Galatians and see that races and sexes are all united in Christ as God’s people. The Law of Moses are not the sublime morals that I speak of but rather the teachings of Christ.

      You are ignorant of the laws regarding “slavery” or rather indentured servants while slavery was for criminals. “What You Probably Do Not Know about Biblical Slavery”

      You are ignorant that God only treated one group of evil people so as to wipe them out. These were the Canaanites who were than the Nazis.

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  2. Christianity is inherently bad in it’s teachings. Yes, there are good, albeit common sense aspects to what it says (it wouldn’t have got off the ground otherwise but for the main part it promotes segregation and ill-feeling in society backed up with entirely unverifiable claims about something which exists ‘unknowably’. Pointless. Silly.

    Survey Example

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    • There are no higher or purer morals than that of Christ and the Bible. The Bible stands against segregation and the NT spends numerous verses against such. Ill-feeling comes from consciences and so the unbelieving society lashes out against Christianity.

      The New Testament was written to legally verifiable hence the numerous witnesses to be examined. In the court of law, the witness of two or more still affirms events to be true.

      Your comments are silly and pointless.

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