Answers to Yesterday’s Open Bible Quiz

Before you read the answers, please go back to yesterday’s post and do the quiz.  No grades and you can use your Bible.  Then return here.

1.  When Jesus said, “You are  the light of the world,” he meant you and I are to let our individual lights shine for Jesus.

False.  When Jesus said, “You are the light of the world,” he meant that you and I are to let our lights shine for Jesus.  In the original Greek, Jesus uses the plural meaning “you all together are the world’s light.” (We don’t see this in English because we make no distinction between plural and singular.)  Jesus meant Christians corporately are the light, not any one individual. How could any single light brighten this dark world?

 

2.  There were three magi who came to worship the Christ child.

False.  We don’t know how many magi came to worship the Christ child.   Tradition tells us there were three, probably because the gifts given were gold, frankincense and myrrh. Read Matthew, chapter 2. There is no number given. There had to be at least two, but could have been four, five or more.

 

3.  Adam and Eve fell because they disobeyed God and ate the apple.
False.  Adam and Eve fell because they disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:16, 17) Neither apple nor any known fruit is mentioned here. Surprisingly there is a known fruit tree referenced in Genesis 3:7. After their transgression, “Adam and Eve knew they were naked; and sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”

 

4.  When I stand before the Lord, I will be judged on the basis of my faith, not works.

False.  If you can find a scripture that states believers will be judged by their faith, please tell us. After searching all New Testament scriptures on judgment, we could find none. The clearest is Romans 2:5-6  ”He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory honor and immortality God offers.  But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and live lives of wickedness (NLT) See also Matthew 5:22; 7;2;25: 31-45; Revelation 20: 12.13.

 

5.  In the vine and branches passage in John 15, Jesus promises that if I remain in Him and His words remain in me, whatever I ask for in prayer will be answered.

False.  In the vine and branches passage in John 15,:7, Jesus promises that if we (not I) remain in Him and His words remain in us (not me), whatever (we, not I) ask for in prayer will be answered. Again, here, The promise  is to His corporate body, the church, not to individuals. The Greek verb and pronoun are both plural, meaning “you all.” Furthermore, we know he was addressing a plurality, because he calls us “branches”. He also says that to remain in him we must keep his command to “love one another as I have loved you.”(v. 12) An individual may love others, but loving one another is done by a group.

 

6.  When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, he was speaking to a great crowd or a multitude.

False,  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was teaching the disciples, not a multitude. If you carefully read Matthew 5: 1, 2 you will discover Jesus taught the disciples, not the multitudes. When he saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain. His disciples came to him and he taught them (the disciples, not the crowds.) Jesus’ primary mission was to train and equip the twelve who would be the future leaders of the church when He left.

 

7.  In Paul’s teaching on communion in 1 Corinthians 11, when he said be careful to “discern the Lord’s body,” he was referring to the physical body of the crucified Christ.

False.  In Paul’s teaching on communion in 1 Cor. 11, when he said be careful to “discern the Lord’s body,” he meant the spiritual body of Christ, not his physical body. When the apostle wrote, “body of Christ,” he always meant the Lord’s spiritual body, the church. In fact, Jesus discouraged Mary from touching his body, “Stop clinging to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father” (John 20:17). We are connected to Christ spiritually through His Spirit and also to each other in the church. How would one take communion “in an unworthy manner?”  In Corinth, believers were selfishly forgetting each other at the Lord’s Supper. Paul’s meaning is, “You are Christ’s body, Act accordingly”. He may have known Jesus’ teaching  in Matthew 5: 23-24. If at the altar you remember a brother has something against you, go and make it right, before returning to the altar.

 

8. The Bible teaches that the church must be selective about whom they offer communion to.

False.  The Bible teaches that the individual believer is responsible for how he or she takes communion, not the church.  Some denominations hold to that tradition, but nowhere is that practiced the Bible.  It does teach in 1 Cor. 11 that each individual member of the church was to be certain they not take the cup and bread in an unworthy manner. We also know this was not practiced because Jesus offered Judas the bread and the cup at the Last Supper.

 

9.  Peter stood up by himself and preached at Pentecost.

False.  Peter stood up with the other apostles, not alone when he preached at Pentecost.   Acts 2: 14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: Men of Judea etc. This shows that although Peter was the spokesman, the message was a corporate one, representing all the apostles.

 

10.  In Acts 12, when God rescued Peter from jail and he showed up to where folks were praying for him, they knew God had done a miracle.

False   In Acts 12, when God rescued  Peter from jail and he showed up to where folks were praying for him, they were shocked to see him, not expecting a miracle. Apparently their faith wasn’t that strong. In a rather comical scene, Peter shows up at the prayer meeting and a maid announces him to the group.  But they don’t believe her. When they see it’s really Peter, they are astonished.

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