Which Honorable Bible Character Are You Most Like?

By: Zoe Samuel

Which Honorable Bible Character Are You Most Like?
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About This Quiz

The Bible contains some of the most famous characters described in the written word. Some of them may have been real people, while others may have been amalgams of real people or inventions inspired by something else. There are, of course, some very famous biblical figures everyone knows, but many of them may be difficult to see in oneself.

People who proudly proclaim they identify with Jesus and see themselves as a contemporary version of him, for example, aren't usually very normal people. On the other hand, there are some figures who one could point to as being like Jesus, but who are very much like ordinary people as well. Some of them are paragons, and some are deeply flawed, but we see ourselves in them all the time.

Are you curious about which honorable biblical character you are like? You're not alone. With so many biblical figures capable of disappointing us with their behavior, it's hard to find one we can really point to as honorable, and then with such a large number of characters in the Bible, it's hard to say which ones are like us because there is so much to learn both from the biblical text and the commentaries on it. Take this quiz, and we'll do all the hard work for you.

networking How good are you at networking?
It's my strong suit!
I've gotten better at it than I was, and I was awful.
I'm very good once I'm in the room, but my friends are better at networking than I am.
I'm very good at it, once I've got something to market.

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speak your mind at work Would you speak your mind at work, even if it earned you a nasty nickname?
Not unless it was a moral imperative
Yes, of course I would!
Not unless something serious was on the line
Yes, but I might find a way to do it that spread the blame.

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willing to assert yourself Are you willing to assert yourself even when society tells you that isn't acceptable?
Yes, when I have to.
No, I pick my moments carefully.
Yes, no question about it!
Yes, but I'd better be speaking softly while carrying a big stick.

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help someone What would prompt you to go out of your way to help someone?
If I knew someone was out to get them, I would help.
I would help someone if they needed to understand something.
I would help someone if they were a relative, even one not related by blood.
I would help anyone with a disability.

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surrounding culture How plugged into the surrounding culture are you?
I am very cultured.
I stay somewhat separated from it.
I've embraced it as much as I can, and I'm not considered an outsider anymore.
I'm fully conversant in both the wider culture I live in and our surrounding cultures.

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closest relationship With whom do you have your closest relationship?
My extended family
My friends
My in-laws
My brother

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I stepped in when no one else would.
I played by the rules of the system for years.
I had to suffer through some tough economic times.
I slaved away for years to get my chance to shine.

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in your element When are you in your element?
I'm in my element when I am collecting information on evildoers.
I'm in my element when I'm raising the questions everyone is afraid to ask!
I'm in my element when I'm with people who see me for who I truly am.
I'm in my element when I'm among the elite.

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Very late in life
In the final act of my first career
After my first marriage
When I was put in charge of the family business

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how consistent has your career been How consistent has your career been thus far?
The arc of my career has been pretty consistent.
My career has been touch and go for a while.
My career is characterized by high highs and low lows.
I was down a long time, and then I shot up to the top.

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worst legal problem What's the worst legal problem you've had to deal with?
I had to content with unjust regulators.
I was subpoenaed.
I had to deal with a property rights issue.
I challenged an unjust law.

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what challenged your faith What bump in the road has challenged your faith?
God doesn't seem to step in when stuff gets really bad, and then I have to.
My faith was challenged when more than one person I really trusted seemed to have betrayed that trust.
My faith was challenged when I lost the love of my life.
My faith was challenged when I was told there was a God who had been watching me suffer and had done nothing.

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lock horns Who have you had to lock horns with in the course of your life?
Friends, mostly
The government
Family
The boss

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worst thing that happened to you What's the worst thing that happened to you?
I was nearly killed for my identity.
My best friend was horribly murdered.
The love of my life died of natural causes, but it was awful!
I had to spend decades as a refugee.

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underestimated Why have you been underestimated?
I was underestimated because I look old, and thus invisible.
I was underestimated because I kept my mouth shut a long time.
I was underestimated because of my gender.
I was underestimated because of my social status.

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I would never betray a just government.
I would never leave my friends to suffer alone.
I would never give up on my family.
I would never allow injustice to remain unchallenged.

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get along with peer group How do you get along with your peer group?
I am well respected by my peers.
While my immediate peers like me, I'm otherwise a bit of an outcast.
I am seen as a role model by my peers.
I'm seen as a paragon, almost a caste unto myself.

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move house Why have you had to move house from one location to another?
I just needed the space.
I decided to change careers.
I remarried.
If I had stayed in my homeland, I would have been killed.

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responsibility at work How much responsibility do you have at work?
More than most, less than some, but I can handle it.
Not very much to be honest.
Quite a lot, but I claim it all for myself.
Loads, but it is my duty to bear this responsibility.

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have you compromised your morals How have you compromised your morals in the past?
I've let a lot of small injustices slide.
I've kept my mouth shut when I should have spoken up.
I haven't, ever!
I accepted someone else's negative opinion of themselves and allowed them to step out of the spotlight when they should have been there.

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cast the first stone Would you cast the first stone?
Probably. Stones have to be cast by someone.
No! Of course not.
Only if it was a really big stone
No, I have people for that.

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beg for help What would it take for you to beg for help?
If my closest friends or family were going to die
Starvation
Losing everything. I've already been there, and I've already done it.
I will never beg for help. I am too proud.

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do beliefs align with religious community How much do your beliefs align with those of your religious community?
They align a lot closer than one might surmise.
They're actually a little left field.
They're very much in line with scripture, but not the attitudes of many.
In many ways, I could be the top banana in my religion.

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spread your faith How would you try to spread your faith?
I would do it by intermarriage.
I would do it by being a missionary!
I did it by converting myself.
I would do it by inspiring people to embrace it, through action!

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how good is your word How good is your word?
That depends on who is asking.
Excellent!
My word is my bond!
It's always good, but I was forced to go back on it in the past when I knew what I did was wrong.

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suffer along with a friend Would you offer to suffer along with a friend, if it came to that?
No. How else could I act to stop the suffering?
I would, and I have!
I would, to show both our bond, and shared strength.
I would if they were very close.

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stood up for what is right How often have you stood up for what is right even when it might cost you everything?
Once, and it was not easy.
I haven't ever done that.
I did it, but it cost me nothing since I had nothing to lose.
Only one time, but it was a biggie.

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will of God If you were told to do (or not do) something because it was the will of God, how likely is it that you would go against that command?
I don't know. It depends on whether it was clearly nonsense or not.
I would do it, though I might question it.
I would do it, as it would be the law.
I would do it, but I'd need to see that there was some kind of plan in place before betting everything on it.

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mistakes leave a lasting impression Did your mistakes leave a lasting impression on people?
No, and few know about them at all.
Mostly they got me a nasty nickname.
I don't believe in mistakes.
Yes, but that served as a lesson for others.

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recover from worst blow life dealt you How did you recover from the worst blow life dealt you?
I focused on my family.
I threw myself into my job.
I turned to family for help.
I stood up for justice and made a difference in the world.

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