Daily Devotion Bible Quiz Trivia Questions

Monday, October 24, 2016

Questions 801 to 900

medium Question # 801: How did Paul become a Roman citizen?
Answer 1: His parents were Roman citizens.
Answer 2: All citizens of Tarsus were citizens of Rome.
Answer 3: He was granted citizenship for his service to the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.
Answer 4: He served in the Roman army for six years.

Explanation and information: Paul was born a Roman citizen because of his parents. (Nobody knows how his parents earned Roman citizenship.) (Acts 22)

medium Question # 802: Which of the following rights of a Roman citizen did Paul NOT use, that we know of?
Answer 1: The right to vote.
Answer 2: The right not to be scourged without a trial.
Answer 3: The right not to be bound without being condemned.
Answer 4: The right to be tried before the Emperor.

Explanation and information: Paul caused great consternation to the Roman commander in Jerusalem, who had bound him and ordered him scourged without a trial. His right to appeal an accusation to the Emperor resulted in his long journey to Rome, at the very end of Acts.

easy Question # 803: What country was Paul a citizen of?
Answer 1: Rome.
Answer 2: Syria.
Answer 3: Galatia.
Answer 4: Judea.

Explanation and information: Although it would be more correct to call Rome an "empire" than a "country", Paul was a Roman citizen.

hard Question # 804: What was the name of the high priest who presided over the trial of Paul in Jerusalem?
Answer 1: Ananais.
Answer 2: Mechizadek.
Answer 3: Annas.
Answer 4: Caiphus.

Explanation and information: The cruel high priest Ananais should not be confused with the Ananais in Damascus, who laid hands upon Saul and restored his vision.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 805: What did the high priest Ananais (ben Nebedeus) do to Paul?
Answer 1: He had him struck in the mouth for almost no reason.
Answer 2: He had him scourged to make him tell the truth.
Answer 3: He sent him to Rome.
Answer 4: He had him thrown into a windowless prison for three months.

Explanation and information: Ananais ben Nebedeus was cruel and arbitrary even compared to his predecessors. When Paul was dragged before him, Ananais had him struck in the mouth for simply saying that he had lived a good life before God.

hard Question # 806: Why did Paul apologize to the high priest Ananais during his trial?
Answer 1: For calling him a whitewashed wall.
Answer 2: For calling him a crook and a thief.
Answer 3: For preaching that the high priest should be thrown out of office.
Answer 4: For defiling the Temple by bringing Gentiles into it.

Explanation and information: Paul called Ananais a "whitewashed wall", i.e. a hypocrite, before he knew that Ananais was the high priest. It was not permitted under Mosaic law to insult the high priest.

hard Question # 807: How did Paul manage to avoid conviction during his trial before the Jerusalem Sanhedrin?
Answer 1: By comparing his doctrine to that of the Pharisees.
Answer 2: By stating that he was a Roman citizen.
Answer 3: By pointing out that Jesus was from Galilee.
Answer 4: By citing historical precedent for the coming of a Messiah.

Explanation and information: Paul, always a crafty orator, defended himself by saying that he believed in resurrection after death. This started an argument among the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

hard Question # 808: How did the trial of Paul before the Jerusalem Sanhedrin turn out?
Answer 1: The Roman commander had to extract him due to a violent argument between the Pharisees and Sadducees
Answer 2: He was convicted of heresy and condemned to scourging and prison.
Answer 3: The trial was stopped when he declared his rights as a Roman citizen.
Answer 4: The trial was stopped so that Paul could be punished for insulting the high priest.

Explanation and information: While Paul could almost certainly have annulled a conviction before the Sanhedrin by using his status as a Roman citizen, it never got to that point. The trial was disrupted by internal strife in the Sanhedrin itself and never resumed.

hard Question # 809: After his trial in Jerusalem was disrupted (following his third voyage), how did the Jews plan to convict Paul?
Answer 1: They did not plan to convict him; they planned to murder him.
Answer 2: They planned to send him before Herod Agrippa II, over whom they had great influence.
Answer 3: They paid witnesses to say that Paul had brought Gentiles into the Temple.
Answer 4: They bribed the Pharisee leaders to stay silent.

Explanation and information: A group of over 40 men took an oath to assassinate Paul before he could be tried further.

hard Question # 810: After his third journey, when Paul was accused in Jerusalem, how did he find out that a large group of men planned to murder him?
Answer 1: His nephew told him.
Answer 2: An angel came to him in a dream.
Answer 3: The Roman commander discovered the plot.
Answer 4: Three of the men botched the first attempt and were fought off by Roman guards.

Explanation and information: Acts 22:16.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 811: How did the Roman commander find out about the plot to assassinate Paul?
Answer 1: Paul sent his nephew to tell him.
Answer 2: He was told by a Roman spy in the Sanhedrin.
Answer 3: Guards stopped a group of suspicious looking Jews outside the prison and discovered they were armed.
Answer 4: Another prisoner, whom the plotters thought was Paul, was murdered by mistake

Explanation and information: Paul's nephew overheard people discussing the plot and went to Paul, who sent him to the Roman commander.

medium Question # 812: What did the Roman commander in Jerusalem do when he heard that the Jews were plotting to assasinate Paul?
Answer 1: He sent him to the governor in Caesarea with a large armed escort.
Answer 2: He hunted down the plotters and imprisoned them.
Answer 3: He put Paul in a secure cell and tripled the guard.
Answer 4: He did nothing; he thought that it would solve a lot of problems if Paul was murdered by other Jews.

Explanation and information: The commander was taking no chances that a Roman citizen might be killed by Jewish assassins. He immediately formed an escort of almost 500 soldiers and transported Paul to Caesarea, the capital of Roman Judea, that very night. (Acts 23)

hard Question # 813: Who was the Roman governor of Judea when Paul was sent to Caesarea for trial?
Answer 1: Felix.
Answer 2: Porcius Festus.
Answer 3: Agrippa II.
Answer 4: Claudius Lysias.

Explanation and information: Porcius Festus would become the governor of Judea after Felix was recalled to Rome, two years later. Agrippa was not a governor, but the Jewish client king. Claudius Lysias was the name of the Roman commander who saved Paul from the Jews. (Acts 23)

hard Question # 814: Who prosecuted Paul before the Roman governor Felix, in Caesarea?
Answer 1: Tertullus.
Answer 2: The high priest Ananais.
Answer 3: King Agrippa II.
Answer 4: Caiaphas.

Explanation and information: Nobody really knows who Tertullus was, but the high priest Ananais allowed him to present the prosecution of Paul to the Roman governor Felix.

hard Question # 815: In his trial before Felix, the governor of Judea, what was the main defense Paul used.
Answer 1: They had no real witnesses against him.
Answer 2: He was a Roman citizen and they did not have the right to prosecute him.
Answer 3: He had been purified in the Temple and had paid for four others to be purified, as well.
Answer 4: He had not preached anything that could not be found in the Jewish Bible.

Explanation and information: Tertullus and Ananais made a number of serious accusations against Paul, but they did not have a single witness who could testify that he had seen Paul commit any of the acts he was accused of committing. (Acts 23)

hard Question # 816: What decision did Felix, the governor of Roman Judea, make after hearing the accusations against Paul.
Answer 1: None. He let Paul rot in prison for two years.
Answer 2: He found that Paul was guilty of causing a riot, but could only be sentenced in Rome.
Answer 3: He found that Paul was not guilty of any crime against Rome, but should be tried by King Agrippa.
Answer 4: He found Paul guilty and sentenced him to scourging and prison.

Explanation and information: Felix was lazy and corrupt, and he took the path of least resistance by simply keeping Paul in custody without ever ruling on his case.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 817: What was the name of the wife of Felix, the Governor of Roman Judea?
Answer 1: Drusilla.
Answer 2: Portia.
Answer 3: Aggripina.
Answer 4: Bernice.

Explanation and information: Drusilla was, rather oddly, Jewish, even though she was Roman.

hard Question # 818: Which of the following is NOT a reason Felix, the Roman governor, left Paul in prison for two years without deciding his case?
Answer 1: He was told to hold Paul until Herod Agrippa could be consulted.
Answer 2: He was lazy and corrupt.
Answer 3: He was waiting for Paul to offer him a bribe.
Answer 4: He thought the Jews would appreciate him keeping Paul in prison.

Explanation and information: Felix had very little desire to see justice done. As long as Paul did not offer him money, he kept him in prison, since he thought it would be a favor to the Jews. (Acts 24)

hard Question # 819: When Porcius Festus became governor (procurator) of Judea, what did he do concerning Paul?
Answer 1: He immediately ordered a new trial to be held before him in Caesarea.
Answer 2: He let Paul rot in prison without a trial.
Answer 3: He tried to get Paul to give him a bribe.
Answer 4: He ordered Paul to be transported to Jerusalem, for trial before the high priest.

Explanation and information: Porcius Festus was very different from his predecessor, the corrupt Felix.

medium Question # 820: What was the final outcome of the charges brought against Paul by the high priest, in Jerusalem, after his third journey?
Answer 1: He appealed to Caesar and was transported to Rome so the appeal could be heard.
Answer 2: He was convicted of heresy and died in prison in Jerusalem.
Answer 3: He was found innocent and set free, to being his fourth missionary journey.
Answer 4: He was scourged and crucified upside down.

Explanation and information: Paul, a Roman citizen, had a right to be judged in Rome. The Roman governor turned him over to guards and put him on a ship for transport to Rome.

hard Question # 821: What Jewish king sat as a judge at one of Paul's trials?
Answer 1: Herod Agrippa II.
Answer 2: Herod Antipas.
Answer 3: Herod the Great.
Answer 4: Ananias ben Nebedeus

Explanation and information: More correctly, it was Herod Agrippa II, who was widely known simply as "Agrippa II". Ananais was the high priest responsible for Paul's arrest, and the other two were much earlier in time.

hard Question # 822: Who was Berenice?
Answer 1: The sister of King Agrippa II.
Answer 2: The first wife of Samson.
Answer 3: A friend of Mary Magdalene.
Answer 4: A founder of the church in Antioch in Pisidia.

Explanation and information: Berenice was a famous historical character, the daughter of Herod Agrippa I. She was married three times, one of them to her uncle, but ended up in the court of her brother, Agrippa II, where she ruled with almost equal power. She, along with her brother, heard Paul's last trial. (Acts 25)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 823: Who judged the last recorded trial of Saint Paul?
Answer 1: Agrippa II and Berenice.
Answer 2: Ananias ben Nebedeus.
Answer 3: Caiaphas.
Answer 4: Claudius Caesar.

Explanation and information: The last recorded trial of Paul took place in Caesarea, when the governor, Festus, allowed King Agrippa II to question him. (Acts 25)

hard Question # 824: How many times does the Book of Acts recount the conversion of Saul (Paul)?
Answer 1: Three.
Answer 2: Four.
Answer 3: Five.
Answer 4: Six.

Explanation and information: The basic story is told, in the third person, in Acts 9. Paul retells the story twice as a defense, once to the mob in Jerusalem (Acts 22) and again before Agripps (Acts 25).

medium Question # 825: What did King Agrippa (II) think about the charges against Paul?
Answer 1: That he might have been set free if he had not appealed to Rome.
Answer 2: That he should be help in prison as a favor to the Jews.
Answer 3: That he would cause trouble between the Pharisees and the Sadducees if let free.
Answer 4: That he should be punished for heresy.

Explanation and information: Agrippa was so impressed with Paul that he said he was tempted to become a Christian. (Acts 25)

medium Question # 826: When Paul traveled to Rome, where did his ship go after it left Judea?
Answer 1: Cyprus and Crete.
Answer 2: Ephesus.
Answer 3: Macedonia.
Answer 4: Antioch.

Explanation and information: The owner had intended to sail along the south coast of Turkey, but was blown south by winter storm winds. (Acts 27)

hard Question # 827: On his fourth journey, where did Paul's ship try to find shelter from the winter storms?
Answer 1: Fair Havens.
Answer 2: Salonica.
Answer 3: Tyre.
Answer 4: Knossos.

Explanation and information: "When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone. Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea." (Acts 27:6-7)

medium Question # 828: What kind of ship was Paul on when he was shipwrecked?
Answer 1: A Roman grain ship.
Answer 2: A Phoenician trading ship.
Answer 3: A passenger ship.
Answer 4: A Roman military galley.

Explanation and information: It was a Roman grain ship, trying to make one last voyage before the winter storms made the Mediterranean Sea impassable.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 829: Where was the captain of Paul's ship trying to reach, when they were blown to sea in a storm?
Answer 1: The eastern tip of Crete.
Answer 2: The south side of Cyprus.
Answer 3: The port of Ephesus.
Answer 4: Athens.

Explanation and information: Acts 27

medium Question # 830: When Paul was caught in the storm at sea, which of the following did the captain NOT do to lighten the ship?
Answer 1: Throw Paul overboard.
Answer 2: Throw the cargo overboard.
Answer 3: Throw the food overboard.
Answer 4: Throw the ship tackle overboard.

Explanation and information: By the time they reached land, the ship was nothing but a group of men huddled on a bare wooden shell.

medium Question # 831: When his shipmates began to starve after the storm at sea, what is the first thing Paul said to them?
Answer 1: You should have listened to me.
Answer 2: An angel has come to me and will see us to safety.
Answer 3: Sail to the east and we will be saved.
Answer 4: Pray, and trust in God, for we are not intended to die.

Explanation and information: Paul did not suffer from an excess of modesty and humility! (Acts 27)

medium Question # 832: According to the Bible, Paul's ship was driven across what body of water just before reaching land.
Answer 1: The Adriatic Sea.
Answer 2: The Aegean Sea.
Answer 3: The Atlantic Ocean.
Answer 4: Off the coast of Egypt.

Explanation and information: They were south of what we would call the Adriatic today, but that is how it is called in Acts 27.

medium Question # 833: Who tried to escape from Paul's ship, when they were close to land, by climbing in the ship's boat?
Answer 1: The sailors.
Answer 2: The Roman soldiers.
Answer 3: Paul and his companions.
Answer 4: The captain.

Explanation and information: When they were close to land, the sailors tried to run off in the boat, which was faster and easier to manuever.

hard Question # 834: How many people were on Paul's ship, on his voyage to Rome?
Answer 1: 276.
Answer 2: 147.
Answer 3: About 100.
Answer 4: 82.

Explanation and information: We were in all 276 persons in the ship. (Acts 27:36-37)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 835: What finally happened to Paul's ship?
Answer 1: It broke up on a reef.
Answer 2: It ran ashore on a beach.
Answer 3: The passengers and crew abandoned it in a bay.
Answer 4: It broke up and sank in open water, just off a rocky island.

Explanation and information: The crew tried to steer it onto a beach, but it hit a reef and broke up. (Acts 27)

hard Question # 836: How did the people on Paul's ship get to safety?
Answer 1: Those who could swim swam to shore. Others hung onto planks or other pieces of the ship.
Answer 2: They ferried from the ship to land in the ships boat.
Answer 3: They beached the ship and jumped.
Answer 4: Islanders saw them and rowed out to rescue them.

Explanation and information: The ship broke to pieces on a reef. (Acts 27)

easy Question # 837: What book of the Bible tells us, "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid"?
Answer 1: Proverbs.
Answer 2: Psalms.
Answer 3: Matthew.
Answer 4: Genesis.

Explanation and information: Much of Proverbs is written in the form of two lines, that contrast good behavior with bad.

medium Question # 838: What was the name of the island where Paul came ashore, after he was lost at sea?
Answer 1: Malta.
Answer 2: Crete.
Answer 3: Cyprus.
Answer 4: Santorini.

Explanation and information: Malta is an important little island south of Sicily.

medium Question # 839: What dangerous thing happened to Paul while he was on Malta?
Answer 1: He was bitten by a viper.
Answer 2: He fell from a cliff.
Answer 3: He was attacked by a pack of wild dogs or wolves.
Answer 4: The soldiers thought he was a witch and tried to burn him.

Explanation and information: Paul was bitten by a viper, who was hidden in a bundle of sticks he had gathered to make a fire, but he suffered no ill effect. (Acts 28:1-6)

hard Question # 840: When they thought Paul was going to die, what did the people of Malta ascribe his bad luck to?
Answer 1: They thought he was a murderer.
Answer 2: They thought he had offended the god Posiedon by not giving him thanks.
Answer 3: They thought Jews were cursed.
Answer 4: They believed he was part of a plot to conquer Malta.

Explanation and information: The people first thought Paul must be a murderer, but when he lived, they thought he was a god.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 841: While on Malta, Paul healed a man (the father of Publius) of what?
Answer 1: Fever and dysentery.
Answer 2: An outbreak of boils.
Answer 3: Fits (convulsions).
Answer 4: Leprosy.

Explanation and information: Acts 28:7-10.

medium Question # 842: After leaving Malta, what was the first place the ship carrying Paul (to Rome) ship landed?
Answer 1: Syracuse, a city in Sicily.
Answer 2: Crete, a Greek island.
Answer 3: Puteoli.
Answer 4: Napoli.

Explanation and information: Puteoli was the city where Paul put ashore on the Italian mainland. Crete is the wrong direction from Malta.

medium Question # 843: As Paul approached Rome, Christians came out to meet him in which spot?
Answer 1: Three Inns.
Answer 2: The farm of Ignatius.
Answer 3: The crossroads of Via Appia and Via Claudia.
Answer 4: The cedar grove outside Borsa.

Explanation and information: There was a town called "Three Inns", probably so-called because there were three inns there! The other places are fabrications.

hard Question # 844: What was the figurehead on the ship that carried Paul from Malta to Italy?
Answer 1: Romulus and Remus.
Answer 2: An image of Athena.
Answer 3: A shepherd with a staff.
Answer 4: A barebreasted image of Venus.

Explanation and information: It was Romulus and Remus, who were commonly known as The Twins by Romans. (Acts 28)

medium Question # 845: When Paul was finally imprisoned in Rome, where did he stay?
Answer 1: A private house, where he lived under house arrest.
Answer 2: In a cell underneath the Colosseum.
Answer 3: Mamertine Prison (Carcere Mamertino), also called Tullianum.
Answer 4: A cell in an unknown place, but with windows that allowed him to speak to outsiders.

Explanation and information: It is really more apt to say Paul had private lodgings than a prison cell. He wore a chain, but he could receive guests and it was apparently comfortable.

medium Question # 846: Why did Paul have difficulties with the Jews in Rome?
Answer 1: Because he converted and accepted Gentiles as members of the church.
Answer 2: Because he preached life after death.
Answer 3: Because he violated Jewish dietary laws.
Answer 4: Because he attempted to reconcile Pharisees and Sadducees.

Explanation and information: Paul was a devout Jew and lived his life following most Jewish customs and laws. However, he did not treat Gentiles as unclean.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 847: How long does the Book of Acts tell us that Paul was in Rome?
Answer 1: Two years.
Answer 2: Six months.
Answer 3: Four years.
Answer 4: Until he died.

Explanation and information: The very last thing the Bible tells us about Paul (in the Book of Acts) is that he lived in Rome for two years.

easy Question # 848: In Mark 10, how does Jesus tell us we must receive the kingdom of God?
Answer 1: Like little children.
Answer 2: From an ordained priest or minister.
Answer 3: While kneeling.
Answer 4: With clean clothing.

Explanation and information: "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

easy Question # 849: How did Jesus treat the children who were bothering the disciples?
Answer 1: He took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Answer 2: He told their parents to keep them under control.
Answer 3: He gave them a spanking.
Answer 4: He told his disciples to let them alone, because "children will be children"

Explanation and information: Jesus loved little children, and told adults that they must be more like them in order to receive the kingdom of God. (Mark 10)

medium Question # 850: In the beginning, what did the earth look like?
Answer 1: It was without form.
Answer 2: It was a round lifeless object, without light.
Answer 3: It was covered by dark waters.
Answer 4: It was a fiery ball of light where no creature could live.

Explanation and information: In the beginning -- the very beginning -- earth did not exist. Or as the King James Version puts it, "the earth was without form, and void".

easy Question # 851: When God said "Let there be light", what happened?
Answer 1: There was light.
Answer 2: The sun was formed.
Answer 3: Heaven began to glow.
Answer 4: Thomas Edison was born.

Explanation and information: And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

medium Question # 852: What peculiar dietary rule applied to Adam and Eve?
Answer 1: They were vegetarians.
Answer 2: They could not eat apples.
Answer 3: They could not eat bacon.
Answer 4: They could not cook their food, because they had no fire.

Explanation and information: In Genesis 1, God gives man the plants of the earth for his food. It was not until after the flood that God gave Noah, and all people, animals for their food.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 853: Which of the following is true?
Answer 1: God created man, both male and female, in His image.
Answer 2: God created man in His image, but not woman.
Answer 3: God created men fully in His image, and women partially in His image.
Answer 4: God created men, but was not pleased with the result, so he created women in His image.

Explanation and information: So God created man in his own image, . . . male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

medium Question # 854: Who wrote the Book of Revelations?
Answer 1: There is no Book of Revelations in the Bible.
Answer 2: St. John the Divine.
Answer 3: Saint Augustine.
Answer 4: Luke the Evangelist.

Explanation and information: Cheesy religious-horror movies often speak about "The Book of Revelations" in an attempt to make dire prophesies sound Biblical, but they are intentionally misleading people by pluralizing "Revelation". The last book of the Bible is called "The Revelation of St. John the Divine", the "Book of Revelation", or simply "Revelation".

hard Question # 855: Which book tells us that Jesus will lead the saved "to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes"?
Answer 1: Revelation.
Answer 2: Pslams.
Answer 3: Isaiah.
Answer 4: Gospel of John.

Explanation and information: The quote is from Revelation 7:17, one of the more easily read passages from Revelation.

hard Question # 856: In the First Epistle of John, why does John tell us that the world does not recognize Christians as the children of God?
Answer 1: Because the world does not know God.
Answer 2: Because they are blind to the light.
Answer 3: Because they focus their sight on the filth of their own sin.
Answer 4: Because Jesus can only be known by the spirit.

Explanation and information: While all four selections might be true, 1 John 3:1 tells us: "See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

medium Question # 857: According to the Sermon on the Mount, how are the merciful rewarded?
Answer 1: They will receive mercy.
Answer 2: The viper will not sting their heel.
Answer 3: They will be called the children of God.
Answer 4: They will see God.

Explanation and information: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy." Matthew 5:7

medium Question # 858: What did Jesus tell us would happen to us if we say "You fool!" to other people?
Answer 1: We will be liable to go to hell.
Answer 2: Others will have no mercy on us.
Answer 3: We will be judged for our own foolishness.
Answer 4: We will not be allowed to offer sacrifices at the alltar of God.

Explanation and information: While all four choices are reasonable, the direct quote is "whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire." (Matthew 5:22) It is a very startling statement, in light of the level of curses we hear every day.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 859: According to the Sermon on the Mount, if we are in church and remember that we have an unresolved conflict with our brother, what should we do?
Answer 1: Leave church and do not come back until the matter is resolved.
Answer 2: Confess our anger during our prayers and ask for forgiveness.
Answer 3: Talk to him as soon as church is over.
Answer 4: Talk about the problem with one of the elders or clergy.

Explanation and information: Matthew 5:23-24 tells us that, if we are offering a gift before the altar of God and remember that our brother (or sister) has something against us, we should leave and be reconciled with him or her; only then should we return to the altar.

medium Question # 860: According to Solomon, who will find wisdom?
Answer 1: Those who seek it.
Answer 2: Those who purify themselves of sin.
Answer 3: Those whom God has appointed.
Answer 4: Those who see through the superficiality of the world.

Explanation and information: The Wisdom of Solomon tells us that Wisdom will come to those who seek her, and those who rise early to seek her will have no trouble finding her. (Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16)

medium Question # 864: According to Paul (in 2 Timothy), when was grace given to us?
Answer 1: Before the world began.
Answer 2: When Christ was born.
Answer 3: When Christ was crucified.
Answer 4: When Christ arose from the dead.

Explanation and information: "This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." (2 Timothy 1)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 865: How does God give wisdom to those who seek him, that is not given to the rulers of the world?
Answer 1: Through the spirit.
Answer 2: In the Bible.
Answer 3: By forgiveness of their sins.
Answer 4: By unstopping their ears.

Explanation and information: E.g., "And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual." (1 Corinthians 2)

easy Question # 866: When God told Solomon He would give him whatever he asked for, what did Solomon choose?
Answer 1: Wisdom.
Answer 2: Holiness.
Answer 3: The strength to free Israel.
Answer 4: The coming of the Messiah.

Explanation and information: God was please with Solomon's answer, and made him the wisest man on earth. (1 Kings 3:5-12)

medium Question # 867: Who was the father of Solomon?
Answer 1: David.
Answer 2: Samuel.
Answer 3: Saul.
Answer 4: Ananais.

Explanation and information:

hard Question # 868: When did Paul write his Epistle to the Romans?
Answer 1: During his third journey.
Answer 2: During his fourth journey.
Answer 3: While in prison in Jerusalem.
Answer 4: While in prison in Rome.

Explanation and information:

hard Question # 869: Who started the church in Rome?
Answer 1: Nobody knows, but probably Jews returning from the east.
Answer 2: Peter.
Answer 3: Paul.
Answer 4: James (the Greater)

Explanation and information: As far as we can tell from the Bible, no apostle or great teacher visited Rome to start the church there. Scholars believe it was started by simple converted Jews, who returned after the death of Nero.

hard Question # 870: Why did Paul want to go to Rome?
Answer 1: To impart a spiritual gift to the church there.
Answer 2: He did not want to go; he was taken in chains by a Roman guard.
Answer 3: To correct errors of faith among the people there who called themselves Christians.
Answer 4: To found a great church.

Explanation and information: "I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you." (Romans 1:11)

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 871: In Romans, who does Paul say he is under an obligation to?
Answer 1: All of these.
Answer 2: The barbarians.
Answer 3: The wise.
Answer 4: The foolish.

Explanation and information: "I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish." (Romans 1:13-15)

medium Question # 872: In Romans 1, against whom does Paul say the wrath of God will be revealed?
Answer 1: Those who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Answer 2: Those who deny Christ.
Answer 3: Those who dwell in the darkness of their own heart.
Answer 4: Those who seek the glory of other men.

Explanation and information: "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." (Romans 1:18)

medium Question # 873: According to Paul (in Romans), how does God excuse the unrighteousness of the Gentiles.
Answer 1: He does not excuse it.
Answer 2: By sending Christ to them after their death.
Answer 3: By making Christ the salvation of Gentiles and Jews alike.
Answer 4: By spreading the gospel throughout the world.

Explanation and information: In Romans 1, Paul makes a long argument that the Gentiles are not excused from their worship of idols, because the existence of God is apparent to anyone who opens his heart. (But although they are not excused, they can find forgiveness.)

medium Question # 874: In Romans 1, what sin does Paul consider at length in discussing the unrighteousness of the Gentiles?
Answer 1: Sexual perversion.
Answer 2: Greed.
Answer 3: Pride.
Answer 4: Avarice.

Explanation and information: Paul used homosexuality as an example of a sin that the Gentiles should be able to discern is contrary to God's intention, even if they had not heard the law.

medium Question # 875: In Romans 1, who does Paul apparently consider even more remarkable, in their sin, than those who practice sexual perversion?
Answer 1: Those who give approval to it.
Answer 2: Those who sell boys into prostitution.
Answer 3: Those who worship idols.
Answer 4: Those who refuse to acknowledge the existence of God.

Explanation and information: Paul was shocked that Roman society of the day tacitly approved of homosexuality. "Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them." (Romans 1:28-32)

medium Question # 876: In Romans 2, after stating that the judgment of God will fall on practicing homosexuals, who does Paul warn will suffer the wrath of God?
Answer 1: Those who judge homosexuals while committing sin themselves.
Answer 2: Those who amass money while poor Romans starve.
Answer 3: Those who practice other forms of sexual licentiousness.
Answer 4: Those who spill innocent blood in the name of the law.

Explanation and information: After his diatribe against Gentile tolerance of homosexuality, Paul begins Romans 2 by warning the Jews not to get too judgmental.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 877: Who does Paul say will be judged more harshly, Jews or Gentiles?
Answer 1: Neither.
Answer 2: Gentiles, because they do not worship God at all.
Answer 3: Jews, because they continue to sin even though they have received the law.
Answer 4: Jews, because their religious leaders crucified Christ.

Explanation and information: "There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality." (Romans 2:9-11.

hard Question # 878: In Luke, how much did Jesus say five sparrows are sold for?
Answer 1: Two pennies.
Answer 2: A copper.
Answer 3: A song.
Answer 4: Three coins.

Explanation and information: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God's sight. But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:6-7)

medium Question # 879: In Luke 12, who does Jesus tell us not to fear?
Answer 1: Those who can kill the body.
Answer 2: Important people in rich robes.
Answer 3: The godless.
Answer 4: The high priests who sit in judgment.

Explanation and information: I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. (Luke 12:4-5)

medium Question # 880: In Luke 12, when a man asked Jesus to tell his brother to share his inheritance, what question did Jesus ask in return?
Answer 1: Who appointed me judge or arbiter between you and your brother?
Answer 2: Why do you seek treasure that will rust and spoil?
Answer 3: Do you believe these riches will make you happy?
Answer 4: Have you gone to your brother and given him your forgiveness?

Explanation and information: Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?"

hard Question # 881: In Luke 12, what did the rich man in the Parable of the Rich Fool want to do?
Answer 1: Tear down his barns and build bigger ones.
Answer 2: Bury his gold in the earth.
Answer 3: Force his brother to give him half of their inheritance.
Answer 4: Hire guards to protect him from thieves and murderers.

Explanation and information: He had so much grain, it would not fit into his barns; so he decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones.

medium Question # 882: In Romans 14, what does Paul say about vegetarians?
Answer 1: They should not condemn those who eat meat.
Answer 2: They should be emulated.
Answer 3: Their faith is strong.
Answer 4: They will live long lives.

Explanation and information: Romans 14 is an exposition of the exhortation, "Judge not, lest you be judged".

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 883: What does Romans tell us that God does to idolators?
Answer 1: Gives them up to dishonorable passions.
Answer 2: Sends them to hell when they die.
Answer 3: Scratches out their name in the book of life.
Answer 4: Leaves their life in the hands of the god they have created.

Explanation and information: The main theme of Romans 1 is that people who cannot admit that God exists make gods in their own image, and have no moral reference other than themselves.

medium Question # 884: In Romans 1:32, after reciting a long list of sins committed by idolators (atheists), what additional criticism does Paul make of them?
Answer 1: They approve of sinfulness in others.
Answer 2: They turn their face from the true God.
Answer 3: They engage in homosexual acts.
Answer 4: They gossip.

Explanation and information: Paul does criticize perverse sex, gossiping, and "hatred of God", but these are part of his list of disgraceful conduct.

medium Question # 885: In Romans 2, what does Paul have to say about hypocrites who judge others?
Answer 1: They are storing up the wrath of God for themselves.
Answer 2: They should be thrown out of the church.
Answer 3: They would be wise to tend their own garden.
Answer 4: Others must talk to them and show them the error of their ways.

Explanation and information: In the first verses of Romans 2, Paul gives it to hypocrites with both barrels.

easy Question # 886: According to Paul, who does God favor, Jews or Gentiles?
Answer 1: God is not partial, and those who do good will be rewarded, be they Jew or Greek.
Answer 2: He favors the Jews, because they were faithful to him for 2000 years while the Gentiles lived in sin
Answer 3: Gentiles, because they have not had the benefit of the law.
Answer 4: Jews, because they keep the Sabbath holy.

Explanation and information: One great theme of Acts, Romans and Hebrews is the equal inclusion of Gentiles and Jews in the gospel and the new church.

hard Question # 887: In Romans, what does Paul say about Gentiles who sinned but had not been given the law?
Answer 1: Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
Answer 2: They will not be judged until they hear the word of God first.
Answer 3: Christ will come to them after their death, to give them a chance to ask forgiveness.
Answer 4: They will be judged according to whatever they believed.

Explanation and information: Paul taught that even Gentiles, who had never heard of the law of Moses, could discern the basics of the law if their hearts were open to it.

medium Question # 888: What did Paul basically think about Jews, who believed that they were righteous because they followed the law?
Answer 1: They were fooling themselves, because they were all hypocrites.
Answer 2: They would be saved only by perfect adherence.
Answer 3: The Sadducees might find salvation, but the Pharisees were guilty of condeming Christ.
Answer 4: They were righteous only until Christ was born.

Explanation and information: Jesus himself said that the law was not given so that men following it would be righteous, but so that men could know their sin. It is impossible for a human being to follow the law of God, so Christ came to forgive humanity for its sins.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz medium Question # 889: Why was Paul so concerned with circumcision?
Answer 1: The Jews believed it was required for salvation and were reluctant to allow Gentiles into churches.
Answer 2: It was causing death and mutilation, because of infection.
Answer 3: He was not circumcised and did not want to be criticized about it.
Answer 4: It was a much more painful and dangerous process for Gentiles who came to God as adults

Explanation and information: Circumcision, the bodily mark on Jewish men that they were spiritual descendants of Abraham, was superseded by the coming of Christ and the new covenant.

hard Question # 890: In Romans, does Paul see any advantage coming from the Jews?
Answer 1: Yes, because Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.
Answer 2: Yes, because Jews who followed the law were righteous in the eyes of God.
Answer 3: No, because the Jews were all hypocrites.
Answer 4: No, because the Jews were responsible for the murder of Christ.

Explanation and information: "Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God." (Romans 3:1-2)

hard Question # 891: Did Paul believe that the Jews were better off than Gentiles?
Answer 1: No, because all men lived under sin.
Answer 2: No, because the Jews had murdered so many people when conquering Canaan.
Answer 3: Yes, because they had lived under the law of Moses.
Answer 4: Yes, because they were the descendants of Abraham.

Explanation and information: "What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin" (Romans 3:9)

medium Question # 892: Who wrote, "If God does not exist, everything is permissible"?
Answer 1: Theodor Dostoevsky
Answer 2: St. Augustine.
Answer 3: C. S. Lewis.
Answer 4: Thomas Aquinas.

Explanation and information: This profound observation, summing up much of the first chapters of Romans, is a quote from "The Brothers Karamazov".

medium Question # 893: From where does the quote "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" come?
Answer 1: Romans.
Answer 2: The Catholic ritual of confession.
Answer 3: Shakespeare.
Answer 4: Revelation of St. John the Divine.

Explanation and information: It is a quote from Romans 3:23.

hard Question # 894: Who wrote that, "as wealth is the test of poverty . . . ceremonies are the test of faith"?
Answer 1: Martin Luther.
Answer 2: Saint Paul.
Answer 3: Simon Peter.
Answer 4: Karl Barth.

Explanation and information: Luther's point was that ceremony tempts participants to believe that they receive grace by works, i.e. participation in the ceremony, rather than by faith.

Daily Devotional Bible Quiz hard Question # 895: According to Paul, how was Abraham justified to God?
Answer 1: By faith.
Answer 2: By circumcision.
Answer 3: By putting his son on an altar as a sacrifice.
Answer 4: By promising to follow the laws of God.

Explanation and information: In Romans 4, Paul shows that the Jews, who believe that they are justified by their obedience to God's law, are actually justified by their faith.

hard Question # 896: Psalm 32, "blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin," probably refers to what?
Answer 1: David and Uriah the Hittite.
Answer 2: Onan spilling his seed on the ground.
Answer 3: Absalom rebelling against David.
Answer 4: Solomon having 300 concubines.

Explanation and information: In Romans, Paul uses the psalm as proof that the Jews were justified by their faith, for they received forgiveness when they transgressed the law. David intentionally had Uriah the Hittite slain in battle, because he lusted for Bathsheba, his wife.

medium Question # 897: The story of Abraham is told in which book of the Bible?
Answer 1: Genesis.
Answer 2: Exodus.
Answer 3: Acts.
Answer 4: Proverbs.

Explanation and information: The story of Abraham is very ancient and forms the longest section of Genesis.

medium Question # 898: Why does Paul talk so much about circumcision in his epistles?
Answer 1: Because the Jews believed in righteousness by works.
Answer 2: Because he believed it was hygenic.
Answer 3: Because it was easier to identify people who believed in God if the men were all circumcised.
Answer 4: Because it needs to be done when the person is a small boy, or else it is dangerous and painful.

Explanation and information: Jews believed that their custom of circumcision was a mark of their covenant with God, that justified them by their obedience to God's law. This caused problems in early Christianity, because all Christians needed to accept that they were justified by faith, not by their works.

medium Question # 899: About whom does the Bible say, "I have made you the father of many nations"?
Answer 1: Abraham.
Answer 2: Moses.
Answer 3: Jesus.
Answer 4: Peter.

Explanation and information: Abraham was the original forefather of the Jews, with whom God made the old testament.

medium Question # 900: What was the name of the wife of Abraham?
Answer 1: Sarah.
Answer 2: Ruth.
Answer 3: Hannah.
Answer 4: Naomi.

Explanation and information: Sarah was his wife; she was barren her entire life, until God intervened and allowed her to bear a son for Abraham when they were very old.