Spiritual Articles - Are You Religious Bigot? Take the Quiz!

by E. RAYMOND ROCK - Date: 2010-03-10 - Word Count: 1290 Share This!

This quiz is for fun, and although some of the questions will make you stop and think, please don't be offended by any of them if they hit too close to home. Oh, and be ready to laugh at yourself a little.

In this three part quiz, check the answers that most closely correspond with how you feel, and be honest with yourself. It's good to occasionally see where we really are regarding our religious behavior.

Keep track of your answers and at the end of the quiz there will be a scorecard. Will you fall into the category of "You are a full fledged Bigot!" Or maybe; "Extremely open minded!" Or perhaps somewhere in between. Good luck - and have fun!

Part I

1. How do you feel about Catholics? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

2. How do you feel about Jews? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

3. How do you feel about Muslims? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

4. How do you feel about Evangelical Baptists? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

5. How do you feel about Mormons? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

6. How do you feel about Jehovah Witnesses? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

7. How do you feel about Hindus? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

8. How do you feel about Buddhists? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

9. How do you feel about New Agers? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

10. How do you feel about Wicca? A. Friendly B. Neutral C. Unfriendly D. They scare me to death!

Part II

1. Your particular religious dogma: A. Is universal to all religions B. Could be applied to almost all religions C. Only applicable to a few religions D. Is the only true word, all other religions are false

2. Your Holy Book is: A. A collection of religious myths and legends to be considered but not blindly adhered to B. A collection of accurate historical facts recorded by gifted men and a guide for living C. Entirely written by a prophet or prophets of God which should be followed metaphorically D. Written by the hand of God to be taken literally word for word, all other books are false

3. Your religion consists of individual practice (prayer, meditation, good works, etc.) by what percentage? A. 90% B. 50% C. 25% D. 10%

4. You follow your Holy Book what percentage of the time? A. 10% B. 25% C. 50% D. 100%

5. Your religion is faith based by what percentage? A. 10% B. 25% C. 50% D. 100 %

6. Your spiritual savior is: A. A great teacher among many who has been on earth B. The only truly enlightened being ever on earth C. The only one capable of saving the world D. The only true One, all others are false prophets

7. Do you have to be a really good person to get into heaven? A. Absolutely B. Pretty good, but not perfect C. Have to be good, but belief is more important. D. All you have to do is believe with all your heart and soul, other than that, what you do doesn't matter.

8. Should your beliefs be worn on your sleeve, including politics? A. Absolutely not, it's a private affair B. It's okay to talk a little about your religion C. It should be talked about a lot D. Absolutely, all the time

9. Is your main goal in life, other than your own salvation, to convert others to your religion? A. Not at all. I don't twist arms B. Not a main goal, but a little C. I actively proselytize D. I mention my religion to everyone, in almost all of my conversations and social interactions

10. How much of your Holy book includes accurate and truthful information? A. 50% B. 75% C. 90% D. 100%

Part III

1. I would like to see the U.S. government run by people of only my faith: A. Absolutely not, separation of church and state is critical B. It's already that way, mostly C. Yes, then we would be happy D. Absolutely. People other than my faith ruin government

2. My attitude toward god is: A. Who knows for certain? B. There are many Gods C. There are no Gods D. Only my God is truth, all others are false

3. My religion is the only one that God favors: A. Ridiculous, even if there is a God B. Not sure C. Good likelihood D. It is obvious that God favors my religion above all others

4. My faith is based on what my parents believed: A. No B. Yes, but I have thought it out for myself C. Yes, and they are right D. What my parents believed is truth, all other religions are false

5. I look into and try to understand other religious viewpoints A. All the time B. Sometimes, to get new ideas C. Just to see how false they really are D. Absolutely not, works of the devil

6. If my kids married outside of my religion, I would: A. Celebrate with them of course. B. Try to talk them out of it C. Disown them D. My kids know better. It would never happen

7. Could I love my neighbor who is of a different religion: A. Of course, they are human beings like me B. I would try but probably not C. Not possible D. I would move

8. Mine is the true religion: A. No, it just makes sense to me, and that's enough B. Maybe C. Probably D. Yes, all others come from the devil

9. Why is my religion superior to others? A. It's not B. It makes better people C. I just feel it in my heart D. It's the true word of the only God

10. I believe that this quiz was: A. Very fair and fun B. Interesting and food for thought C. Not quite fair D. A conspiracy against my religion

Okay, congratulations! You are now finished. How did you score? Count 4 points for every A answer, 3 for every B answer, 2 for every C answer, and 1 for every D answer. Total them up and see how you did:

30 to 50 points: You are a full fledged Bigot 51 to 70 points: You are working toward a full fledged Bigot 71 to 90 points: You are a closet bigot 91 to 110 points: You could be slightly bigoted 111 to 120 points: You are extremely open minded

E. Raymond Rock (anagarika addie) is a meditation teacher at:

http://www.dhammarocksprings.org/ and author of "A Year to Enlightenment: http://www.amazon.com/Year-Enlightenment-Steps-Enriching-Living/dp/1564148912

His 30 years of meditation experience has taken him across four continents including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced in the remote northeast forests as an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk.

He lived at Wat Pah Nanachat under Ajahn Chah, at Wat Pah Baan Taad under Ajahn Maha Boowa, and at Wat Pah Daan Wi Weg under Ajahn Tui. He had been a postulant at Shasta Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery in northern California under Roshi Kennett; and a Theravada Buddhist anagarika at both Amaravati Monastery in the UK and Bodhinyanarama Monastery in New Zealand, both under Ajahn Sumedho. The author has meditated with the Korean Master Sueng Sahn Sunim; with Bhante Gunaratana at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia; and with the Tibetan Master Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado. He has also practiced at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the Zen Center in San Francisco.

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