Sunday, January 22, 2006

Basic Doctrine Quiz (Part 1)

I had this quiz saved from a few years back. It used to be found on the White Horse Inn website- Enjoy. This is the first part- no time limit and no cheating. On 1/23/06 will be the Church History quiz.

ALL Questions are TRUE or FALSE

Doctrine of God and Christology

1. Jesus was fully God, but only appeared to be human

2. Jesus was created by God before all things

3. Jesus was part man and part God

4. In the Old Testament, God was known as the Father, in the New Testament as the Son, and after Pentecost as the Holy Spirit

5. Jesus only died spiritually on the cross

6. God exists in 3 separate persons, who are only one in purpose

Doctrine of Salvation

7. Our salvation is based upon perfect obedience to the Ten Commandments

8. For we know that we are saved by grace after all that we can do

9. I am saved because of my decision to accept Christ

10. People who have never heard the gospel are innocent and go the heaven

11. The Bible teaches that there is an age of accountability, that children who die before this age go to heaven because they are innocent

12. If I die with unconfessed sin, I will go to hell

13. There are certain sins that I can commit which will cause me to lose my salvation

14. The Holy Spirit living inside me enables me to live a victorious life so that I am acceptable to God

15. Justification is the process by which a person, through faith in Christ and sorrow for his sins, receives the gift of the Holy Spirit and so becomes a child of God


1. FALSE - Docetism cf. 1 John

2. FALSE - Arianism

3. FALSE - Nicene orthodoxy demands that Jesus was fully God and man

4. FALSE - Modalism

5. FALSE - Taken from Gloria Copeland, God's Will for You

6. FALSE - Taken from Jimmy Swaggart, Dake Annotated Study Bible

7. TRUE - While our salvation is not "personally" based on the Ten Commandments, it is based upon the law nonetheless. The Bible makes clear that God demands perfect conformity to his law, even though all have sinned. But all those who trust in Christ have their sins forgiven & are given the righteousness of Christ (i.e. his moral obedience) to wear like a robe. (see John 17:19, Matt 5:17 & Rom. 5). In short, we are saved by Christ's fulfilling the law in our place, as well as his dying for our sins on the cross

8. FALSE - Taken from The Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 25:23)

9. FALSE - See John 1:12-13; Rom. 11:5-8, Ephesians 2:8-10. If we our saved by our own decision, then certainly, we would have something to "boast" about, and salvation would not be by grace alone

10. FALSE - See Romans 1:20

11. FALSE - There is no such text, but David speaks of being sinful from conception (Psalm 51:3)

12. FALSE - Taken from the Roman doctrine of last rites; purgatory

13. FALSE - See Rom. 8:28-39 & Rom. 7

14. FALSE - We are acceptable to God by Christ's work on the cross (1Cor 1:30-31, Heb. 9-10), and even in our sanctification we are never victorious until we enter into glory (Phil 3:12, James 3:2)

15. FALSE - Justification is not a process, but a forensic declaration (Rom 4:5, 8:30-33). The question was taken from Kenneth Baker, Fundamentals of Catholicism, p. vol. 3 p. 57)


FM483 said...

This is a good quiz. One could take exception to your response to question 7 however. For the initial 2500 years of creation there was no written Law. During this time the heavenly doctrine, later revealed in the divine Word, was propagated and handed down without a divinely inspired Scripture, only by the living voice, by those who had been divinely called by God. Gradually the heavenly revelations and testimonies received from the patriarchs became corrupted. Eventually, God Himself became the original author of written Scripture through the Decalog. However, salvation was never dependent upon the Decalog. According to Paul's letter to the Galatians, the Law was given 430 years after the promises given to Abraham - that man's inheritance of salvation would be Christ(Galatians 3:16-17). Abraham was reckoned as Righteous through his faith alone. So, what purpose is the Law? It is a statement of the will of God, reflecting His Holiness and perfection. However, the primary reason the Decalog was given in the first place was to show man his sin and utter depravity and point man back to God Himself. It was never given as a vehicle for salvation, as your response indicated. Man is heir of the promises of God in Christ - not the keeping of the Law, which is an absolute impossibility. Consider a few Scripture verses:
Romans 4:2-3
For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. [3] For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness."

Romans 4:14-15
For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. [15] For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

Romans 5:20-21
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, [21] so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

According to Scripture, all men are conceived in iniquity, but unfortunately without the Law they are ignorant of this fact. The Law is the mechanism to increase and magnify awareness of sin. The Decalog is a mirror to show his sinfulness and to be a tutor to lead man to God in Christ.(Galatians 3:24). Hence, my answer to question 7 based upon this line of Scriptural responses, is FALSE. The Decalog never was and never shall be a vehicle for salvation.

FX Turk said...

I would disqualify any answer to #7 as the question is too vague. It's a trick question. The way it is phrased, the Mormon might answer "true"; the JW might answer it "true".

In that, it could mean anything since you seem to recommend that the right-minded 5-pointer ought to answer it "true".

Otherwise, great quiz. You should start a blog. Oh wait -- you did.