A Christmas Bible Quiz

There are so many parts of the Christmas story that have been embellished over the centuries that it could be hard to know the difference between the birth of Jesus Christ according to the Bible and fictional Christmas traditions. Do you know the difference between fact and fiction?

You can test your knowledge, and that of family and friends, of the Biblical story with this Christmas Bible Quiz. You can find the source of the answers in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. If you want to make a game of it, here is a template of 30 number squares – print them and cut them out, then have players pick a number randomly to choose their quiz question.

1.    According to his family genealogy, Jesus’ was a descendent of the whom:

a)    King David
b)    Rahab the Harlot
c)    Ruth and Boaz
d)    All the above

Answer: d

2.    Mary was to Elizabeth in relations as:

a)    Samson was to Deborah
b)    Jacob was to Rachel
c)    Naomi was to Ruth
d)    Paul was to Silas

Answer: b

3.    How many wise men visited Jesus?

Answer: The Bible does not say

4.    What were the gifts presented to Jesus by the wise men?

Answer: Gold, frankincense and myrrh

5.    What was the name of the angel who visited Mary the mother of Jesus?

Answer: Gabriel

6.    Mary visited Elizabeth for how long?

a)    1 month
b)    3 months
c)    6 months
d)    9 months

Answer: b

7.    Which prophet prophesied: “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel?

Answer: Isaiah

8.    Immanuel means what?

Answer: God is with us

9.    What was the punishment for becoming pregnant out of wedlock?

Answer: Stoning to death

10.    In what town did Mary and Joseph live?

Answer: Nazareth

11.    How was it that Mary became pregnant with Jesus?

Answer: She was overshadowed by the power of the Holy Ghost

12.    Where did the wise men come from, and in which direction did they travel?

Answer: In relation to Israel from the east, they traveled east to west

13.    What sign did the wise men see that indicated a new king of the Jews was born?

Answer: They saw a new star

14.    In what city was Jesus born?

Answer: Bethlehem

15.    How did the wise men know to find Jesus in Bethlehem?

a)    They read it in the Bible
b)    An angel told them
c)    The position of the star showed them
d)    King Herod told them

Answer: d

16.    Of who was this prophesy made: “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.”?

a)    Jesus
b)    Jacob
c)    Joseph
d)    John the Baptist

Answer: a

17.    What was the name of the angel who appeared to Mary’s husband Joseph?

a)    Michael
b)    Gabriel
c)    Abaddon
d)    Unknown

Answer: d (The Bible does not say, but deduction can lead us to believe it was b)

18.    Zecharias and Elizabeth were the parents of:

a)    Peter
b)    John the Baptist
c)    King Herod
d)    Mary

Answer: b

19.    Zecharias was unable to speak for how long?

Answer: Approximately 9 months

20.    What was the name of the angel who appeared to Zacharias in the temple?

a)    Michael
b)    Gabriel
c)    Abaddon
d)    Unknown

Answer: b

21.    How long, from the appearing of the star, did it take the wise men to arrive in Judea?

a)    6 months
b)    1 year
c)    2 years
d)    3 years

Answer: c

22.    Jesus was in relation to John the Baptist as:

a)    Barnabas was to Mark
b)    Reuben was to Judah
c)    Noah was to Canaan
d)    James was to John

Answer: a

23.    To what country did Joseph take Mary and Jesus after the wise men visited?

Answer: Egypt

24.    In what town did Jesus grow up in?

Answer: Nazareth

25.    To what city did Mary and Joseph travel to, and for what reason, before the birth of Jesus?

Answer: To Bethlehem for tax collection

26.    Who was the King of Judea when Jesus was born?

a)    Pilate
b)    Herod
c)    Augustus
d)    Agrippa

Answer: b

27.    Who was the Roman Emperor when Jesus was born?

a)    Marcus Aurelius
b)    Caligula
c)    Julius Caesar
d)    Caesar Augustus

Answer: d

28.    What type of building was Jesus born in?

Answer: A stable (laid in a manger)

29.    To whom did angels appear to on the night Jesus was born?

Answer: Shepherds in the field watching their flocks

30.    Who said: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”?

a)    Mary
b)    Elizabeth
c)    Angels
d)    Zecharias

Answer: c

How did you do? Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and blessed Christmas season. And always remember that Jesus is the reason.

Today Happened for a Reason

Romans 8:28 Calendar 2014Today is my favorite day of the year. Not because it’s a birthday, or an anniversary, or some other yearly event. It has nothing to do with the end of Summer and the coming three day weekend. It’s not because of some lucky numbers or some scientific numeric pattern.

The reason is the simple idea that today happened for a reason, as did yesterday, as will tomorrow. The date 8/28 reminds me of Romans 8:28, that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. In other words, things happen for a reason. Even when life’s circumstances are incomprehensibly difficult or just outright bad. Or when things are going better than you could have imagined. And everything in between.

That’s the beauty of our faith in Christ, that we can be content to know that He’s got us in His hands and that when life might not make sense we can trust in His love and care for us. And so remember today and everyday that God has put us where we are, today, for a reason and a purpose.


Happy Father’s Day from Bible or Not

Bible or Not would like to wish all of the father’s out there a happy Father’s Day! We would also like to thank our Heavenly Father for all that he does in our lives and pray that our readers have been equally or more blessed.

Here you can find a list of Father’s Day Bible verses. God bless and enjoy the day!