Can You Answer These Basic Bible Questions Every Christian Should Know?
By: Tasha Moore
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About This Quiz
It's time to wipe the dust off of your Bible that you haven't opened since Confirmation. That's if you can even find this most sacred text in your book collection. (Check the back of the bookshelf...on the last shelf. It's the only book that's encased in cobwebs.) After you've exorcized the resident spiders from thy blessed tome, give it a thumb-through. Then take this basic Bible quiz to prove that you are smarter than a fifth-grade Sunday School student. Christians and non-Christians should be able to answer this celebrated Bible trivia. Recall classic holy facts about biblical heavyweights, such as Moses, Judas, Lazarus...and if Jesus hasn't come to mind yet, you are in trouble.
Come on! You remember the baby Jesus Christmas story, his epic Golden Rule interlude, the water-into-wine mega-miracle, those awkward moments from The Last Supper, and many other Jesus stories that your priest, pastor, nun or nana tried to ingrain into you as a youth. Would your former religion masters shake their heads in unison upon seeing you stumble over the most rudimentary Christian lore? Or would they rejoice and be exceedingly glad when they see you ace this quiz? Your judgment awaits, so click on!
What is the first book of the Bible?
Genesis means "origin" or "coming into being," and the first book of the Bible is a book of many firsts. In this book, the earth forms, light shines for the first time, the first people appear, and the Israelite lineage begins.
The Bible describes the serpent as "more [subtle] than any beast of the field." The serpent's words to Eve were quite enticing. He suggested that if she and Adam ate the fruit from the tree, they would be like gods and have great knowledge.
In the story of Noah, God told Noah to warn the people about what cataclysmic event?
A Flood of Waters
Within the past several years, archaeologists have suggested there may be strong proof that the Biblical account of the "Great Flood" actually happened. Researchers suspect that major activity connected to the event occurred in the area that encompasses the Black Sea along the coast of Turkey.
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
The commandments that are revealed in the Old Testament are so central to the Christian faith, that several of them and their themes reappear throughout the New Testament. Jesus echoes a similar commandment in the book of Matthew, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
In the book of Genesis, where did God place Adam and Eve?
The Island of Patmos
The Garden of Eden
God told Adam and Eve they could eat the fruit of any tree in the garden but one, and the two rebelled. Perhaps the Garden of Eden story is a commentary about human nature. The things humans can't or shouldn't have are usually the most tempting.
According to the book of Exodus, to whom did God reveal the commandments?
The first five books of the Bible are ascribed to Moses. Although it is most commonly known that Moses received the 10 Commandments, there are actually 613 commandments that mention every aspect of life.
According to the Book of Genesis, God gave Noah very specific instructions for building the ark. For example, in the sixth chapter of Genesis God says, "The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits."
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates which significant Biblical event?
The Resurrection of Lazarus
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Easter is the major Christian holiday that celebrates Jesus' victory over death and his subsequent resurrection as depicted in the Bible. Many Christians believe that these two events are the cornerstone of their faith.
What type of bed was baby Jesus placed in after he was born?
The book of Luke is the only Gospel that offers details about the humble manger in which the baby Jesus was placed. The book states that baby Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in the manger because there was no room for them (Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus) in the inn.
Many people confuse Hagar, a handmaid, with Sarah because Hagar gave birth to Abraham's first child, Ishmael. Sarah was Abraham's loyal and supportive wife who thought she could not conceive at her age.
What holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus as depicted in the Bible?
Although Christians have long celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ during Christmas time, the holiday has Roman origins. In fact, the word "Christmas" does not appear in the Biblical text, and early Christians did not celebrate the holiday.
What celestial body signaled the location of baby Jesus to the three wise men?
The Book of Matthew mentions the star that heralds the birth of Jesus, but the other Gospels do not mention it. While the star symbol made the three wise men rejoice, it angered King Herod. When Herod heard that the three wise men were looking for baby Jesus to worship him, the Book of Matthew states that Herod "was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him."
According to the Ten Commandments, Christians must honor which two people?
Father and mother
This commandment comes with a slight warning. In the book of Exodus, the commandment states, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." So, a long life is the reward for Christians who honor their earthly origins.
The Gospel of John is quite a didactic text for Christians who strive to be more Christ-like, as it explains many miracles that Jesus performed and the meanings behind the good works. It is no wonder that the word "disciple" appears in the Book of John more than in the other Gospels.
Which type of stories did Jesus use to teach his disciples?
The parables of Jesus have always been powerful teaching tools. The oral tradition from which parables evolved gave people from all walks of life the ability to learn moral codes from simplistic, clear and relatable teachings.
The Book of Revelation foretells of which major event?
Other words for Apocalypse are "Armageddon," "Revelation," "Inferno" and "Great Disaster." Since the Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible, you don't need to be a Biblical scholar to figure out that from cover to cover, the story doesn't end well for many folks.