How well do you know your Bible?
Let’s take a ten-question Bible trivia quiz and see how you do. (All answers are yes or no.)
- Is there any mention of Jesus in the Old Testament?
- Does the Bible actually say to treat others as you would like to be treated?
- At the end of Solomon’s life, was he serving God?
- Was Samson—who committed suicide—a true believer?
- Did Hannah have any children after Samuel?
- Was Joshua’s army always victorious?
- Can you name the three people in the Bible who have no grave?
- Was Mary, the mother of Jesus, a perpetual virgin?
- Yes or no: the Holy Spirit can assume different forms.
- Yes or no: the "beloved disciple," John, wrote five books of the Bible. (*Answers below.)
Even if you got them all right, do you know how to study your Bible and actually learn something from it for yourself? Are you acquainted with Jesus? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? When you read your Bible, do you feel that God is speaking straight to you? Does He point out your sins and urge you to live more like Christ?
Here's some practical advice:
- Start reading the Bible. Read it without anything else. Just read the Bible. It is the Word of God and in it are the Words of Life. If you’ve never really read it, I like the book of John in the New Testament for a start. It’s about Jesus, His life, His miracles, and especially His divinity—that He is God. After John, you can read Acts (about the early church) and Romans (basic doctrines). After those, you will want to read all of the Bible for yourself!
- Pray before you read each day. Ask God to open His Word to you. Ask God for understanding.
- Interpret the Scriptures literally, unless it’s obvious that it’s an allegory. Compare Scripture with Scripture.
- Write down what you’re learning. Some people keep devotional journals. I usually just write down main points about what I’ve seen. Sometimes, I use those points to go back and study later. Sometimes, it’s a question. What did God mean by this? I go to commentaries to see if they understand the passage. I also look for cross-references that may shed light on my question.
- Share with others. The Bible is a living Book, and it’s meant to be shared. Not only can it give us spiritual life and enrichment; it can do the same for others.
May God bless you as you get into the Bible for yourself!
* Answers: 1. Yes, many. 2. Yes, in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31. 3. No, his wives led him astray (1 Kings 11:4). 4. Yes, though he was away from God for a time (Judges 16:28). 5. Yes, God rewarded her with five more children (1 Samuel 2:21). 6. No. It was because of God's judgment on Achan’s sin (Joshua 7:1-26). 7. Did you remember these: Enoch (God took him.), Elijah (went to heaven in a fiery chariot), and Moses (God buried him, and no one has seen the grave.) You could also say Jesus, because His grave is empty. Praise God! 8. No, she had more than one daughter and four sons after Jesus. The sons’ names were: James, Joses, Simon, and Judas (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3). 9. Yes. We know He took on the form of a dove and tongues of fire. 10. Yes, he did: the Gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Revelation. How did you do?