This GCSE RE Christianity quiz takes a look at the Bible in life. It's one thing to know about the origins and content of the Holy Bible; but what about the ways in which Christians 'live by it', i.e. seek (individually and collectively) to deepen their understanding, and conduct their everyday lives and decisions accordingly?
Although the Bible is an established, ‘canonical’ (i.e., closed) body of Scripture ~ its principal contents broadly agreed upon across the worldwide Christian churches, and to which no modern writers can add (except by providing notes or separate commentaries) ~ it is an integral influence upon the lives of people and communities, from household to state level. Millions of people consult it daily in the belief that it ‘speaks’ to them and their circumstances.
At time of drafting this quiz, citizens of the United Kingdom have been offered a referendum on whether or not we should remain within the European Union. One might say this is a clear-enough-cut example of ‘loving one’s neighbour’, in Biblical terms, at a historical point where fewer and fewer people are left alive who directly remember the grimnesses of the Second World War. Whichever way that referendum goes, there may well (as usual in a reasonably healthy democracy) be genuine Christians with views either way as to which course might better benefit more people.
Meanwhile at Oberhausen in Germany, a Protestant church has recently opened itself to accommodate Muslim refugees from troubled regions beyond the EU … to the extent of stripping out not only the church seating and other fitments, but even the ceremonial crosses (from which symbols, their admirable charity springs) for fear of offending the in-comers. With the best of intentions, no doubt, this particular detail still sits, somehow, strangely askew with Christ’s exhortation to ‘take up your cross daily, deny yourself and follow me’ in living out the life of faith and expressing God's love in practical ways (See Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 16).
We certainly live in a complex world; our quiz touches on some ways in which the Bible continues to feed into daily life.