How Spiritually Mature Are You?

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How Spiritually Mature Are You?

2 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you are disqualified. "We are saved by grace, through faith, not by works, lest any man should boast. This quiz should be in no way seen as promoting legalism. When we have Christ in us, at work producing His righteousness in us, this has a real effect. Just as the presence of a virus in our bodies can be detected by our physical symptoms, so it is with our spiritual health. Do you have Jesus in You? Are you spiritually mature, or still in diapers? Come find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Easy one first: your creed. Do you believe that the bible is without error? Do you believe Jesus is God in the flesh? That He was born of a virgin? Lived a sinless life? Performs bona-fide miracles? Do you believe Jesus really died on the cross, thereby paying the price for our sins? Do you believe He actually rose again from the dead?  Do you believe He is coming back for His church someday?
    • A. 

      Believe it? I preach it at every opportunity!

    • B. 

      Absolutely!

    • C. 

      Mostly. I sometimes struggle with one or two points.

    • D. 

      Oh gosh a fundamentalist wrote this quiz. NO! Grow up and stop believing in fairy tales.

    • E. 

      I have severe reservations, qualifications, or simply don't buy several of those points, but I'm open to allowing God to show me if I'm wrong.

  • 2. 
    Do you believe Jesus is the only way to be saved? Do you believe mature adults who have had the gospel preached to them and reject it will spend eternity separated from God in Hell?
    • A. 

      Yes, and it deeply grieves me, so much I have acted on it in some way, by praying for or witnessing to at least one soul in danger of hellfire in recent memory, or have taken some other action, such as financially supporting the work of missionaries and evangelists.

    • B. 

      Yes, it saddens me greatly, but I understand God is just. I don't actively "go looking for trouble," but I do speak up when "trouble" comes looking for me

    • C. 

      I believe it intellectually, but waver around non-Christians. They believe in their faith so sincerely, it's hard to accept emotionally that they're not going to be in Heaven with me.

    • D. 

      No. We should respect the beliefs of all faiths. I trust I will share heaven with all who faithfully practice their religion of choice.

    • E. 

      Jesus died for everyone! All but the really bad people are going to Heaven! Choosing to follow Him willingly only leads to greater rewards and position in Heaven.

  • 3. 
    Do you believe in absolute truth? Are behaviors the bible teaches are wrong always wrong, or does right and wrong depend on the situation?
    • A. 

      Sin is sin is sin. Whatever the situation, if the bible says it's wrong, it's wrong. I not only believe this, I practice it and exhort others on this whenever the Lord leads.

    • B. 

      Yes, I believe it, but every once in a while I catch myself using situational ethics in practice, especially on the little things you don't think about.

    • C. 

      What? You mean the situation doesn't matter? This idea is totally new to me.

    • D. 

      I know the church teaches absolute truth, but really struggle with the application. I mostly still use situational ethics in practice.

    • E. 

      The idea of absolute truth is antiquated and irrelevant to the modern era. There are many gray areas and things the bible never considered. Besides, we're saved by grace, so it doesn't matter what you do. The bible says not to judge.

  • 4. 
    In Romans 13, Paul exhorts us that Christians should be good citizens. So let's look at that for a little while. Do you always obey the law, including all traffic laws and paying your taxes?
    • A. 

      Since coming to Christ, I obey every law that does not directly contradict scripture, for it is better to obey God than man. I may have practiced civil disobedience in protest of unjust or ungodly laws. I may also have been through the criminal justice system before I met Jesus, or at a time when I was away from Him.

    • B. 

      Mostly, but I sometimes speed a little or otherwise "cut corners."

    • C. 

      You mean God cares?

    • D. 

      You know the saying, "the rules were made to be broken." God understands if my situation requires bending the rules a little.

    • E. 

      Oh, sure, the fundamentalist wants to talk about obeying the law! Why don't you start with the Separation of Church and State?

  • 5. 
    In democracies, the people collectively rule and government officials are elected to govern on their behalf, as stewards of the people. How seriously do you take this responsibility when it comes time to vote?
    • A. 

      Well, the US is actually a republic, but I take my vote very seriously and carefully research the candidates and choose the candidate who best represents my views on the issues, which are based solely on the word of God, regardless of their party affiliation. I do tend to affiliate with the Republican party, or, if an independent, usually vote Republican due to the anti-God agenda of the leftists the Democrats usually put up. I may also belong to a third party because my study of the issues and teachings of scripture makes their candidates the best representative of me whether they win or not.

    • B. 

      I'm a proud Republican and always vote Republican, even when the Democrat is actually closer to my views, which are mostly based on the Bible. OR I don't see what the Bible has to say about _____ political issue(s) so I go with what sounds right to me.

    • C. 

      I'm a proud Democrat, born and raised, and always vote Democrat out of party loyalty, even though the party leadership's agenda is totally out of touch with what I think and believe.

    • D. 

      God cares how I vote?/ I don't vote. What's the point? Jesus is coming back any day now. It's the church's business to spread the gospel./Things are so bad, I don't see the use.

    • E. 

      I take my vote seriously, and I always or generally vote Democrat, because they best represent my ideological views as a liberal. I believe the bible supports my ideology, but honestly would think the same even if I wasn't a Christian. I see no circumstances where God or another Christian could convince me to change my views and would leave Christianity if for some reason I could not reconcile the faith to my ideology.

  • 6. 
    Now lets look at a few specific issues: Abortion
    • A. 

      I had an abortion (or encouraged a woman to abort a child I sired) before I became a Christian, or after, but have repented and found healing. I probably now counsel other women or men who have been wounded by abortion and show them the path to healing, or am otherwise regularly engaged in pro-life activism.

    • B. 

      Abortion is the or one of the gravest sins of our generation. The blood of the innocent and the suffering of the mothers, who are typically deceived into killing their children, makes me weep.

    • C. 

      The issue not only emotionally moves me, I use my time, ability, and resources to make a difference as the Lord leads. OR I support the work of those actively called to this mission field and always vote for pro-life candidates and issues.

    • D. 

      I think there are more important things we should be doing, like sharing the gospel. This issue is not that big a deal and a distraction from what is really important: (insert ministry you're active in). OR: Don't we have a constitutional right to have an abortion? What does the bible say?/Who am I to judge?/Abortion is moral in the hard cases, such as rape, incest and to save the life of the mother

    • E. 

      A woman has the right to choose and God respects that. Abortion is never a sin and always a valid choice, up to birth. I may also be against legislation that protects children accidentally born alive during abortion as Obama is.