So you think you know the Bible. A Last week of Jesus quiz

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Many questions will have more than one answer so be careful what you think might be right. Do you know your Bible or traditions better? Oh and yes, I threw in some funny answers to make it more enjoyable.

 

1)      What color was the robe that was put on Jesus?

  1. White
  2. Scarlet
  3. Purple
  4. Gold
  5. Rainbow

2)      On what animal did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on?

  1. Horse
  2. Donkey
  3. Colt
  4. A Harley

3)      What day was Jesus Crucified?

  1. The Sabbath
  2. The Day of Preparation
  3. Passover
  4. Fourth of July

4)      Who carried the cross for Jesus?

  1. Mel Gibson
  2. Simon of Cyrene
  3. Jesus didn’t have help
  4. Rufus

5)      How many trials did Jesus have?

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. 40

6)      In what language was the superscription written that was placed above Jesus?

  1. Aramaic
  2. Greek
  3. Latin
  4. English

7)      What Priest was judge at Jesus’ trial?

  1. Judas
  2. Caiaphas
  3. Aaron
  4. Annas

8)      At what hour was Jesus crucified?

  1. 1st hour
  2. 6th hour
  3. 3rd hour
  4. Depends on if it was daylight savings time or not.

9)      How many of the thieves or robbers crucified with Jesus mocked him?

  1. None
  2. One
  3. Two
  4. Three

10)   How many angels/men met the women at the tomb?

  1. One Angel
  2. Two Angels
  3. Three Angels
  4. Two Men
  5. Two Men
  6. Two Men and a Baby
  7. An angel in the Outfield

 

 

1)      Matthew 27:28 uses kokkinos: Means Scarlet, Mark 15: 17 and John 19:2 use porphura which means purple

2) Mark 11:7 and Luke 19:35 say colt, Matthew 21: 5-7 says a donkey and a colt, John 12:14 say a donkey. Some versions use ass.

3) John 19:14 Jesus was crucified on the Day of preparation, therefore no last supper in the book of John. All other Gospels Jesus is killed on Passover, but before the Sabbath.

4) John 19:16 says Jesus carried his cross “into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 19.18 Where they crucified him,” Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, and Luke 23:26 all say Simon the Cyrenian carried it for Jesus.

5) All gospels have Jesus tried before the Sanhedrin and Pilate, but only Luke adds a trial before Herod. Luke 23:7

6) Mark and Matthew did not specify, but Luke and John say Hebrew/Aramaic, Latin and Greek

7) John 18:24 Annas first and then Caiaphas Matthew 26:57-67 Only Caiphas

8) In the Gospel of Mark, it says Jesus was crucified on the “third hour” (Mark 15:25), and the Gospel of John says the crucifixion sentence was on “about the sixth hour” (John 19:14).

9) In Mark, the thieves say nothing, in Matthew both mock Jesus 27:44, in Luke one mocks Jesus and one defends him 23:32-43, in John again there is silence.

10) An angel of the Lord on the stone (Matthew 28:1-2) – “Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.”
A young man (Mark 16:5) – “And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.”
Two men (Luke 24:4) – “And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel.”
Two angels (John 20:1-2, 12) – “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. 2And so she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him. 12 and she beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.”

 

I do not write this quiz to mock Christianity in any way. I am a Christian, but many of us have tried to cram the 4 stories into one and with the differences that is very hard. Each author was trying to make points to their audiences and that is what we should be looking for. We have four stories written by four different people in different times to different audiences. Let’s not cram them together as one, but learn from their differences.

So next time you read a story, ask why this story is different and don’t try to make them the same story. Maybe you’ll learn something new.

Let Him Die

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“Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.”
Elvis Presley

Think of that person that you just can’t get along with.  Jesus says love them. Pray for those that actually persecute you.

Why do people wish evil on others?  “I hope they die!”  I know as kids we threw that around, but what is it that keeps that mentality in adults? “I hope they die!”  What if they do?  Wouldn’t you be sad?  Could it be possible that you’d actually be glad?  That would sicken me if that were true.  What would it benefit you if that person you think is so bad died?  But I don’t really think that’s the question.

The question may be “when did your heart die?”  When did a person’s life become so unneeded, so worthless that it would be OK to wish them gone?  If you are one that is wishing someone dead it may just be your heart that needs the help and not them.

This has come to mind a lot recently with several people that I know saying something like that about our President.  Why the hate? Most likely you don’t even know him personally.  He didn’t call you names or stab you in the back by telling your secrets.   He simply made decisions that you didn’t like. Then most likely you listen to your chosen biased media feeding into what you want to believe (and all media is biased) and you still wish him dead?!

There isn’t a president yet that has pleased the entire nation.  No one can and no one will.    I’m guessing you’d do no better.  Not because you have worse ideas but because it’s impossible to please everyone.  Even our Greatest presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, TR etc… had tons of opposition.  Who knows, maybe in 30 years Obama will be among them.  We don’t know what his decisions will bring in time.   Heck, Truman had one of the lowest approval ratings when he left office and he’s considered close to the top ten!

I could sit here and bad mouth Obama about his presidency.  I could have also openly bad mouthed every president since I’ve been alive.  Born during the LBJ presidency until today there would be plenty of impeachable offenses that we could name for each president, but wishing them harm or death?  I’m still not getting it.

When I was growing up we had respect for the office of the presidency.  I still do and often get attacked for asking people to relax on Obama.   We should start thinking about the good things our presidents do.   I liked Carter.  Still do.  Maybe not as far as his presidency but as a humanitarian he is someone to look up to.  Reagan was funny and brought our country together.  Bush H.W. didn’t like broccoli!  Clinton did well on the economy, Bush W. made me laugh, and I like the idea of the affordable care act.  If you screw up trying to help the poor, it’s better than doing nothing for them.   I applaud Obama for that effort.

If you truly look hard enough you can find good in people.  There is no reason to be mean or say hateful things.  No reason to speak about that guy on the corner asking for a hand out. Maybe he’s been laid off for a while?  Kicked out of his home?  Maybe they are a vet with PTSD that can’t deal with civilian life?   Maybe he really needs help.  No reason to belittle that woman in the grocery store with the screaming kids.  Maybe the kids are sick or she is just stressed out trying to make it on her own.  Instead pray for her.  What about that speeding driver?  Are they on their way to the hospital?  Did an emergency call come from home?

St. Paul says in Philippians 4:8 “Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.”  When you think on these things the hate for your fellow man will start going away.  It is simply letting go of the anger that is inside you.  Not that I’m perfect because I’m writing this article because things tick me off, but I don’t wish hate or pain on those that say things I disagree with.  I wish them peace.  I feel sad for them that they can’t get over their anger.

James 1:20 says for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.  When we are filled with anger we are unable to truly love the way that God wants us to.  We can’t love our fellow man or woman.  We can’t even love ourselves.

Someday I hope that those without love will be able to find it.  Maybe the only way that they can find it is if they see it in us.  Let those of us who are able to love, let it shine and maybe we can overcome the hate of others.

I leave you with the words of another hated black man that I love.  MLK JR.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Live out the Dream!

How a Dog makes a Man

Crying doesn’t indicate you are weak.  Since birth it has always been a sign that you are, in fact, ALIVE! Unknown

I’m sure that my six cats would not like that title.  However this story isn’t about them.  It’s about the dog my family had when I was in my teens.  His name was Patches and he was a fat little beagle.  Fat may not be the correct or politically correct word.  Maybe huge better describes his belly.  He waddled around just as happy as could be.  Sometimes I used to just watch him waddle around the yard and run into things.  He’d shake his head sniff whatever he’d hit and move on.  He was blind, you see.  Not sure how long he had been blind in his life.  Seemed like most of it.  Anytime we rearranged things outside he’d spend weeks running into things and relearning where the new things were.

Patches had had a hard life.  I remember him getting hit by a UPS truck and walking or better yet waddling away.  Obviously, he was not hit too hard.  Although I believe not too much later he went blind.  Sometime later we went hunting and my brother shot him thinking that waddling through the grass was a rabbit.  Hmmm still can’t figure that one out.  Patches still lived and was happy as could be.

He always greeted me when I got home from school.  Loved to lick my face and just slobber over me.  I let him do it because I thought that meant he loved me, although I never licked him back.  I just rubbed his belly and held him.

Sometime later we had an enormous amount of rain and the creek next to the house flooded.  When the rains stopped my brother and I walked along the creek to see what it was like.  We thought Patches had stayed home but he had followed us.  We didn’t know that until we got home and then we went looking for him.  We followed his tracks yelling for him and followed the tracks straight to the edge of the water and then they stopped.  We screamed and yelled for him walking our way back along the creek towards home but found nothing.  He was nowhere to be found.  Depressed we sat on the manmade dike between our home and the creek just watching the water race by.

Then we heard something.  Don’t know who heard it first by it was a faint beagle howl.  You know the sound.  We looked up creek and there in the middle of the fast moving waters was Patches paddling for his life.  We screamed his name and raced to the edge of the water and he kept paddling toward us.  When he got to us we pulled him out of the water and hugged him over and over.  We didn’t care how wet or muddy he was.  We just cared he was alive.

As life happens, dogs do not have nine lives.  I remember coming home from a church rocker-thon on a cold February morning and being told that Patches had been hit by a car.  This time he had not made it.  One of my brothers had buried him in the yard and erected a cross over his grave.  I cried for days, but because I was a man I tried to hide it.  You know that stupid idea that men aren’t supposed to have feelings.  Yeah, I believed it.

I hated going to chick flicks, not because they are chick flicks but because they are emotional and I would cry and I didn’t want people to see me cry in public.  I cried at my sister’s wedding and people asked if I had allergies.  Sure, that’s what it was.  Others did know better and some made fun of me for it.

Some people still pick on me for crying at sensitive moments.  It doesn’t bother me like it did.  Yes, I cry more than my wife at the movies, even if I’ve seen the movie 100 times.  I can’t help it.  I’m a sensitive guy.  Recently a friend posted a moving video on facebook and I simply said that it made me cry and that I was a softy.  The response was, “That’s not a bad thing, my friend.”  And that is right, because I’m being me.

Children, people, and especially men need to know that emotions are good and to let them out.  Crying does not make me weak.  It makes me a real man.  I used to not let out my feelings because men aren’t supposed to but also because if I let myself show that I care I could also get hurt.  However that is the risk in anything you do.  The important part is to be you.  For me it is to be a sensitive crier.    I hope that you will take today and do that which you’ve been hiding.  Open yourself up to the world and don’t hold back.  You may get hurt because not everyone understands, but it will be worth it for you.  And maybe, just maybe others will see what they can do because of your example.