This is a little self-test from Peter Kreeft. It can help us determine who we are and what it is that we worship in our lives. You can answer as quickly as you can and then check your answers with the key.
First, Some Personal Questions:
Who do think are the three greatest living persons in the world today?
4) Who do you think is the most powerful person in the world today, whether for good or for evil? ____________
Name the person you turn to first for advice and help when you have problems in each of the following areas of your life:
5) mental health ____________
6) marriage ____________
7) money ____________
8) sex ____________
9) family ____________
10) career ____________
Next, Some Theological Questions:
11) Why did God create the universe? ____________
12) How can we know God? ____________
13) What is God like? ____________
14) Why do you believe in life after death? ____________
15) What is the secret of getting wisdom? ____________
16) How can a wicked person become righteous? ____________
17) How can you become a saint? ____________
18) When you die and meet God and He asks you why He should let you into Heaven, what will you say? ____________
19) What is the Church? ____________
20) What is the solution to the problem of war? ____________
21) What did St Paul know that you do not that made him such an effective evangelist? ____________
22) Christianity seems to be just one religion among many in the world. How can this local, Western, Jewish, particular thing be for everyone, universally? ____________
23) What is Christianity? What does it preach, say, claim, or proclaim? ____________
Next, Some Philosophical Questions:
24) What is truth? ____________
25) Define your way of life. ____________
26) Define “Life”. ____________
27) What is death? ____________
Next, Some Psychological Questions:
28) What is the end, goal, and purpose of your life? ____________
29) What is your solution to boredom? ____________
30) Define your true identity? ____________
31) Why is your identity so mysterious? ____________
32) What is the best cure for loneliness? ____________
33) What can you do when you feel tired all the time? ____________
Finally, Two Questions To Pull It All Together:
34) What is the last command of the last apostle? ____________
35) What is the most frequently disobeyed command? ____________
source: Peter Kreeft, Jesus Shock, pages 6-35
for the Answer Key, scroll down, way down.
1 – 3) Luke 24:5: If you didn’t answer “The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, why not? Do you think of God as real persons or impersonal abstractions?
4) Mt. 28:18: It’s Jesus, man!.
5 – 10) Phil. 4:19: God supplies for all your needs through Christ, not just the spiritual or religious, but all of them.
11) Col 1:16: All of creation is through and for him. He is not just Savior of the world. He is its purpose!
12) Jn. 1:18: All true knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Light of the World.
13) Jn. 14:8-9: “God is love and love holds nothing back, so the Father holds nothing back in expressing himself in God, the Son.”
14) Jn. 11:26: “Death is not a philosophical problem but a live one. Its solution is not a philosophical argument but a live person.
15 -18) 1 Cor. 1:30: Jesus isn’t merely the cause of wisdom, righteousness, sanctity & redemption… he IS our wisdom, righteousness…
19) Eph. 1:22-33: The Church is the Body of Christ, “It is an organism before it is an organization, and incarnation before it is an institution.
20) Jn. 14:27: Jesus is our peace.
21) 1 Cor. 2:2: “Less is more.” Catherine of Sienna once said, “Everything I know I learned at the foot of the Cross.”
22) Col. 3:11: The Gospel is the story of the Author of the universe redeeming the universe. Hence, Christianity is truly the only universal religion.
23) Col. 1:27-28: Our faith is all about a relationship with the Living God.
24 – 26) Jn. 14:6: “Once again, abstractions acquire hands and feet and lips.” Jesus doesn’t just teach the way, truth and life. He IS the way, truth & life!
27) Phil. 1:21: “If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever.”
28) Eph 4:13: “The meaning of human life is to grow up, and to grow up means to become more like Christ.”
29) 2 Cor. 5:17 (see also, Eccl. 1:9, Rev. 21:5): “Behold, I make all things new.”
30) Gal. 2:20: To live is to love. To love is to give yourself, fully, freely, fruitfully, faithfully, forever. Anything else is death. To love is to be God-like and you are made in the image and likeness of God!
31) Col. 3:3: Our lives are hidden in Christ, ‘We are all caterpillars (Adams) in process of transformation into butterflies (Christs).”
32) Mt. 28:20: You are never alone. Christ is with you always.
33) Mt. 11:28: With Christ as your center, there is no storm, no trial, nothing that can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
34 – 35) 1 Jn. 5:21: What are the idols in your life? All of us have them, money, sex, drugs, TV, shopping, etc. Each and every time you put yourself first, you act selfishly then you are placing some idol on the throne of your heart and pushing Jesus aside.