Friday, March 07, 2008


I took an online Hermeneutics quiz. From what I could gather, the lower your score the better. I scored 53, which probably means I'm considered a heretic or something. But in all fairness, there were several questions that didn't adequately represent my beliefs, so I had to pick the "best of the worst" to speak.

I feel like I have a really good understanding of my own religion, but the more I read about other faiths, the more I feel like a Country bumpkin in the big city. It's not that I don't know anything, but in many ways they have approached religion like a science. I have to admit that I am learning alot of new vocabulary such as:

–noun (used with a singular verb) 1. the science of interpretation, esp. of the Scriptures.
2. the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis.

Eschatology (from the Greek ἔσχατος, Eschatos meaning "last" and -logy meaning "the study of") is a part of theology and philosophy concerned with the final events in the history of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humanity, commonly referred to as the end of the world. While in mysticism the phrase metaphorically refers to the end of ordinary reality and reunion with the Divine, in many traditional religions it is taught as an actual future event prophesied in sacred texts or folklore. More broadly, eschatology may encompass related concepts such as the Messiah or Messianic Age, the end time, and the end of days.

Critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, esp. of the Bible.

A movement in American Protestantism that arose in the early part of the 20th century in reaction to modernism and that stresses the infallibility of the Bible not only in matters of faith and morals but also as a literal historical record, holding as essential to Christian faith belief in such doctrines as the creation of the world, the virgin birth, physical resurrection, atonement by the sacrificial death of Christ, and the Second Coming.


is a view in Christian eschatology named for its denial of a future, thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on the earth, as espoused in the premillennial and some postmillennial views of the Book of Revelation, chapter 20. By contrast, the amillennial view holds that the number of years in Revelation 20 is a symbolic number, not a literal description; that the millennium has already begun and is identical with the church age (or more rarely, that it ended with the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70); and that while Christ's reign is spiritual in nature during the millennium, at the end of the church age, Christ will return in final judgment and establish permanent physical reign. (I might add that I read somewhere else that they also believe that Satan has already been bound)

I have to admit that I am shocked that so much of the Christian world is straying from the bible, and looking to redefine beliefs that have been held for centuries. The Book of Mormon contains a prophecy about our day, and talks about a time such as we have now. "And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches; nevertheless, they put down the power and miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the face of the poor.
21 And there are many churches built up which cause envyings, and strifes, and malice." (2 Nephi 26:20, 21)
3 "For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches which are built up, and not unto the Lord, when the one shall say unto the other: Behold, I, I am the Lord’s; and the others shall say: I, I am the Lord’s; and thus shall every one say that hath built up churches, and not unto the Lord—
4 And they shall contend one with another; and their priests shall contend one with another, and they shall teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance.
5 And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men;
6 Behold, hearken ye unto my precept; if they shall say there is a miracle wrought by the hand of the Lord, believe it not; for this day he is not a God of miracles; he hath done his work.
7 Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.
8 And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
9 Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish cdoctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark. (2 Nephi 30: 3-9)
One thing I have gained from my reading lately is an appreciation for the fundamentalists who aren't ashamed to believe the Bible, and who fight against this new trend to redefine Christianity.


JJJ said...

Well i looked at the Quiz and was sorta interrested, but sadly it didnt have any answer even remotely close to what i would say or thought. I guess they didnt have us heathens in mind when they did it. I could answer some like about the town destroying/woman/children as barbaric, and a few others. oh well.

GoodyMom1 said...

it's sad to see that from someone who went to a religious-affiliated college. unfortunately this is often the case, as a narrow definition of truth (which is appropriate, if truth is genuinely objective) often causes some to avoid other beliefs out of fear of "contamination". the more you know, the more likely you are to question what you believe. i personally feel that this questioning and testing period is a necessary part of developing a sincere and complete faith, because it solidifies the "why" of what one believes. if you can't explain your rationale in terms that aren't "because it's what i was taught", then you have no real basis for any genuine apologetic, and your faith isn't really yours but your parents'/church's/spouse's/etc, therefore can often be either removed from your grasp or discredited from an outside viewpoint, without significant effort.

wow, those are long sentences. just call me paul. :P

GoodyMom1 said...

oh and i didn't get that 'lower=better', but lower end scores were more conservative/literal, and higher scores were more progressive/interpretive.