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What you believe and why quiz

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What you believe and why quiz

  1. 1. What you believe and why FILLING OUT THE FAITHPATH QUESTIONNAIREHere’show totake this simple quiz:readthe statements on the followingpagesandconsiderthe degree towhicheachone describesyouoryourbeliefs.After readingeachstatement,write the numberthatmostcloselyreflectsyourresponse.Choose from0to 5, accordingto the following scale: 5 “That’s totallyme.” 4 “That’susuallylike me.” 3 “That’softenlike me.” 2 “That’sa little likeme.” 1 “That’s barelylike me.” 0 “That’snot me at all.”Don’tspenda lotof time ponderingthe statements.Simplyjot downyourinitial response,from0to 5, and move onto the nextone.Repeatthe processuntil you’ve writtendownresponsestoall 42 statements. ____ 1. What istrue fora persondependsonhisorherparticularpointof view. ____ 2. I’ve neverreallythoughtaboutthe reasonsformyfaith;I justgrew up believingit. ____ 3. It wouldbe unwise toquestionwhatI’ve beentaughtbymyspiritual elders. ____ 4. Your sensescandeceive you;you’re betteroff listeningtoyourheart. ____ 5. I have confidence inwhatIbelievebecause Godshowedme thatit’strue. ____ 6. Spiritual teachingsneedtoaddup logically;Idon’thave tofullyunderstandthem,butI can’t believeanythingthatcontradictsitself. ____ 7. You shouldn’ttrytotell someone elsewhathe or she oughtto believe. ____ 8. My beliefshave beencleartome eversince I was taughtthemas a child. ____ 9. It makessense todefertoleaderswhohave the discernmentneededtoevaluatespiritual matters. ____ 10. I can justfeel whatisrightor true. ____ 11. It may have beenthrougha dream, a vision,oran apparition,butone wayor anotherI received“the message,”andIfollowit. ____ 12. People have all kindsof hunchesandinstincts;if they’re notcareful,those cangettheminto a lotof trouble. ____ 13. Whateveryoubelieve istrue foryou. ____ 14. I knowmany of the wordsof many of our Scriptures/creeds/doctrines,butnotnecessarily whattheymean. ____ 15. It wouldbe presumptuoustosecond-guesswhatI’ve beentaught;Idon’thave the knowledge or trainingneededtomake suchassessments. ____ 16. My friendsandItalk aboutspiritual mattersandtogethersense whatwe shouldbelieve. ____ 17. I knowmy spiritual directionisrightbecause Ioftenfeel God’sguidingpresence.
  2. 2. ____ 18. I thinkwe shouldjustdeal withthe facts;it’sokay if theyflyinthe face of conventional thinking. ____ 19. What matters mostisthat you are sincere in yourbeliefs. ____ 20. I can hardlyremembernotgoingwithmyfamilytoworship. ____ 21. If I don’tfollowwhatI’ve beentaught,Iwill sufferthe consequences. ____ 22. I knowwhat the so-calledspiritual expertstrytotell us,butI have a hunch they’re all wrong. ____23. You can studyyour booksand consultthe experts,butGodtoldme what’sright,and for me that settlesit. ____ 24. I’d like tobelievethingspeopletellme,butI’ve gotto checkit outfirst. ____ 25. Tolerance meansacknowledgingthateveryone’sideasare true andvaluable forthem. ____ 26. I don’t thinkIcouldeverbelieveanythingotherthanmyreligion;ourfamilyhaspracticeditfor generations. ____ 27. I trust the people whose talents,skills,andknowledge have broughtthemtopositions of spiritual influence. ____ 28. I can usuallytell withinsecondsif somethingistrue. ____ 29. When ourgroup getstogether,we feel God’spresence,andthatgivesusconfidenceour beliefsare onthe righttrack. ____ 30. It’s easyto glamorize “followingyourheart” or hangingonto ancienttraditions,butwhat reallymattersiswhetherornotsomethingis true. ____ 31. It wouldbe judgmental tosaythat myway is rightand yoursis wrong. ____ 32. I go to our group’smeetingsbecause that’sourcustom— it’sjustwhatwe do. ____ 33. Our booksays it,and that settlesit. ____ 34. Generally mymistakeshave come whenI’ve ignoredmyinnerguidingvoice. ____ 35. Whetheritwas an angel,a departedlovedone,orsome otherkindof spiritual being,I can’t ignore the insightsitgave me. ____ 36. It’s hard to argue withsolidevidence. ____ 37. I can tell somethingistrue bythe fact that it’s workinginmylife. ____ 38. It’s hard forme to thinkaboutnotbeinginvolvedinmyparticularfaith;it’spartof my heritage andidentity. ____ 39. It’s a highvalue inmy religiontohumblysubmittowhatthe leaderssay.
  3. 3. ____ 40. I thinkmany people have whatmightbe calleda“sixthsense,”andtheyneedtopayattention to it. ____ 41. I didn’tknowwhatto think,soI prayedand askedforsupernatural guidance— andIwasgiven assurance aboutwhichway I shouldgo. ____ 42. I just try to weighthe informationI’mgiven,carefullyconsiderthe source,andreacha logical conclusion. Nowcopy the numberyouwrote byeach of the statementstothe correspondingblankonthe following chart, and total each column.Thiswill helpyoutosee whichfaithpath(orpaths) you’re currentlyon— basedon the highestscore orscores at the bottomof the chart. Relativistic Traditional Authoritarian 1 ____ 2 ____ 3 ____ 7 ____ 8 ____ 9 ____ 13 ____ 14 ____ 15 ____ 19 ____ 20 ____ 21 ____ 25 ____ 26 ____ 27 ____ 31 ____ 32 ____ 33 ____ 37 ____ 38 ____ 39 ____ total ____ total ____ total ____ Intuitive Mystical Evidential 4 ____ 5 ____ 6 ____ 10 ____ 11 ____ 12 ____ 16 ____ 17 ____ 18 ____ 22 ____ 23 ____ 24 ____ 28 ____ 29 ____ 30 ____ 34 ____ 35 ____ 36 ____ 40 ____ 41 ____ 42 ____ total ____ total ____ total ____ Mittelberg,Mark(2013-04-19). ConfidentFaith:BuildingaFirmFoundationforYourBeliefs(Kindle Locations306-327). Tyndale House Publishers,Inc..Kindle Edition.Mittelberg,Mark(2013-04-19).

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