the Theological Test
1. How many gods are there in the universe? A.
The Bible clearly teaches that there is only one God
in existence, anywhere, any time, any place.
Isaiah 44:6 and 8 say, "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his
redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me
there is no God. . . 9Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee
from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God
beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any."
See also, Isaiah 45:6; 14, 18, 21, 22.
2. The Trinity is . . . C. One God in three
God is a trinity. God is three simultaneous persons:
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though there is no single verse that
establishes the trinity, it is derived from many.
There is only one God. Yet, the Father is called God (Phil. 1:2); Jesus is
called God (John 1:1, 14; 8:58; Heb. 1:8); and the Holy Spirit is called God
See also trinity.
3. Jesus is. . . A. God in flesh
Jesus is the second person of the Trinity. He became
a man in order to die on the cross.
Col. 2:9, "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
John 1:1, 14, "In the beginning was the word
and the word was with God and the word was God. . . And the word became flesh
and dwelt among us. . ."
See also, Heb. 1:8; Phil. 2;5-8; John 8:58 with
Exodus 3:14; Zech. 12:10.
4. How many natures does Jesus have? B.
Jesus has two natures. He is both God and man.
Col. 2:9 "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
See also Phil. 2:5-8; John 8:58 with Exodus 3:14;
Heb. 1:8 and Jesus' Two Natures
5. The Holy Spirit is . . . C. The third person in
The Holy Spirit is a person like the Father and the
Son. He is not a force like radar. He is not merely an energy presence. He is,
like the Father and the Son, God.
Acts 5:3-4"But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to
lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While
it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine
own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not
lied unto men, but unto God."
See also the Holy Spirit
6. Sin is . . . D. Breaking God's law
God has revealed His character and will in the
Law. To sin is to offend God; it is to break His law.
1 John 3:4, Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
See also Rom. 3:20; 4:15; 7:7-13; James 2:9; 1
7. Human nature is basically . . . B. Sinful
The Bible reveals that we are sinners. Because Adam
fell, we fell with him. We inherited his sinful nature. All of what we are,
body, soul, spirit, mind, emotions, etc. is touched by sin.
According to God's word, the sinner (the unsaved), cannot understand spiritual
things (1 Cor. 2:14); is full of evil (Mark 7:21-23); does not seek for God
(Rom. 3:11); is lawless, rebellious, unholy, and profane (1 Tim. 1:9), etc.
8. In what manner did Jesus rise from the dead? B.
In the same body he died in.
Jesus rose from the dead in the same body that
he died in. It retained His scars. Though His body was resurrected and
glorified, but it was the same body.
John 2:19-21, "Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and I will
raise it again in three days.' 20 The Jews replied, 'It has taken forty-six
years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?' 21
But the temple he had spoken of was his body."
Luke 24:39, "Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and
see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
9. Hell is . . . C. A place of eternal fire and
Many think hell is a state of mind, right here
on earth, or that it simply doesn't exist. It does. The Bible tells us about
Mark 9:43, " 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better
for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the
fire never goes out."
Rev. 14:11, "And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.
There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image,
or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."
See also, Luke 16:19-31; 2 Pet. 2:4; Matt. 22:13;
Jude 6, 23; Rev. 21:8.
10. Heaven is . . . C. A place of eternal joy and
peace with God.
Heaven is the dwelling place of God and of
those who are saved through Jesus.
Psalm 20:6, "Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him
from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand."
John 14:2, "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I
would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. "
See also Psalm 102:19; 123:1; Matt. 5:34; 2 Cor.
11. Salvation is . . . D. Deliverance from the
eternal consequence of sin: Damnation
Salvation is the act where God, through the
atonement of Jesus, forgives a person of his sins. He is justified before God
and saved from damnation.
Rom. 5:1, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Rom. 8:1, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in
See also, Matt. 1:21; Heb. 2:14, 15; Rom. 5:9;
12. Salvation is attained by. . . B. Grace through
Forgiveness of sins is not conditioned by
anything that we do, but it is all a gift of God's grace through faith
Eph. 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and
this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."
Rom. 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
See also, John 3:14-18.
13. The Devil is . . . D. An angel who rebelled
The devil, also called Satan, was an angel who
lifted himself in pride and rebelled against God. He is evil, wicked, a
deceiver, and powerful.
2 Cor. 11:14, ". . . Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light . .
John 8:44, "You belong to your father, the
devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from
the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he
lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of
See also, Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:14-19
14. The Bible is . . . A. The inspired word of
The Bible is authored by God, through men. They
were inspired. The original documents were without error or contradiction.
2 Tim. 3:16, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. . . "
See also, Rev. 22:19; Acts 17:11; and The Bible
15. The Rapture is . . . C. The catching up of
God's people into the sky.
It may sound odd. But the rapture is when Jesus
returns to gather His people. Those who are alive when this happens will not
see death, but will be changed.
1 Thess. 4:16-17, "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with
a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of
God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still
alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet
the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."
See also, 1 Cor. 15:51-53.
16. Adam and Eve . . . A. Were the first man and
woman created by God
They were created by God, lived in the Garden
of Eden, are our ancient parents.
Gen. 2:20 - 21, "So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep
sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up
the place with flesh. 22Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had
taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man."
See also, Gen. 1:26,27; Gen. 2:7; Rom. 5:12-14
17. How many ways are there to God? A. Just one.
Unlike other men who have existed, Jesus was
God in flesh. He said He was the only way to God. there are no other ways
other than Jesus.
John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me.'"
John 10:1, ""I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the
sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a
See also, Acts 4:12; Titus 3:5.
18. When you die . . . B. You go to heaven or hell
Death brings us face to face with eternity. For
those in Christ, heaven is the destiny. For those who reject Him, eternal
damnation is the result.
Phil. 1:21-23, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22If I
am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what
shall I choose? I do not know! 23I am torn between the two: I desire to depart
and be with Christ, which is better by far."
2 Cor. 5:8, "We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from
the body and at home with the Lord."
See also, Isaiah 59:2; 2 Thess. 1:9; Gen. 3:19; 1
19. Evolution . . . B. Is not a viable option for
Evolution is not the fact it is told to be. It
is not consistent with the Bible. God created man; man did not evolve.
Gen. 1:26, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our
likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air,
over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move
along the ground.'"
Heb. 11:3, "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's
command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."
See also, Col. 1:16,17; Psalm 104:30; Gen. 1-2;
and The Evolution Page.
20. Why did God create us? C. To save us, love us,
and have us love Him.
God's creation and our salvation were not just
so we could live with Him. God desires fellowship and intimacy in a loving
relationship with His people.
1 John 1:3, "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you
also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and
with his Son, Jesus Christ."
Rev. 21:3, "And I heard a loud voice from the
throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with
them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their
See also, John 10:27-28; John 3:16; Phil. 2:1,2.
did you do? Do you need to study more? Maybe you learned something here, or
maybe even you disagree with something. If so, e-mail me and let me know.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this test, there
are some essential doctrines that if you deny them, you are not a Christian.
It is one thing to make a mistake, learn, and accept them. That is alright. It
is quite another to refuse to believe them.
What are the essentials? Easy. The Bible tells us
what they are. They are test questions number 3, 8, and
is God in flesh;
8) Jesus rose from the dead in
the same body he died in; and
12) Salvation, or the forgiveness of sins,
is by grace through faith. You cannot add anything to Jesus' finished work.
There are many extremely important doctrines in the
Bible: the Trinity, resurrection, forgiveness, the virgin birth, etc. But the
Bible itself declares that these three are essential. If you deny any one of
the three then you are not a Christian.
If you would like to know more about these
essentials, then please see The Three Essential Doctrines of Christianity
Remember the words of
Paul to Timothy: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one
approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles
the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).
Is Christianity the One True Religion?
is the one true religion. That may sound awfully dogmatic and narrow-minded,
but the simple truth is that Christianity is the only true religion. Jesus
said that He alone was the way to the Father (John 14:6), that He alone
revealed the Father (Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22). Christians do not go around
saying Christianity is the only way because they are arrogant, narrow-minded,
stupid, and judgmental. They do so because they believe what Jesus said. They
believe in Jesus, who claimed to be God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14), who forgave
sins (Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20; 7:48), and who rose from the dead (Luke 24:24-29;
John 2:19f). Jesus said that He was the only way. Jesus is unique. He was
either telling the truth, He was crazy, or He was a liar. But since everyone
agrees that Jesus was a good man, how then could He be both good and crazy, or
good and a liar? He had to be telling the truth. He is the only way.
Christianity is not just a religion; it is a
relationship with God. It is a trusting in Jesus and what He did on the cross
(1 Cor. 15:1-4), not on what you can do for yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Buddha didn't rise from the dead, nor did Confucius
or Zoroaster. Muhammad didn't fulfill detailed prophecy. Alexander the Great
didn't raise the dead or heal the sick. And though there is far less reliable
information written about them, they are believed in.
The scripture is right when it says in 1 Pet.
2:7-8, "This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those
who disbelieve, 'The stone which the builders rejected, this became the very
corner stone,' and, 'A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense'; for they
stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were
also appointed." (NASB).
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