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A national survey of religious knowledge, including Bible knowledge, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that, on average, adults could only answer 16 of 32 questions correctly. Read a summary of the report here. Atheists, agnostics, and Jews did better than Protestant Christians. You can take a short 15-question version of the quiz here. The full set of questions can be found here. The results of this latest survey are not new. In 1996, George Barna reported that 80 percent of Americans “believe that the Bible includes the statement that ‘God helps those who help themselves.’”  This is not surprising because seven years earlier a survey of religious beliefs were less than spectacular:
Americans revere the Bible—but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates. . . . This lack of Bible-reading explains why Americans know so little about the Bible that is the basis of the faith of most of them. For example, eight in ten Americans say they are Christians, but only four in ten know that Jesus, according to the Bible, delivered the Sermon on the Mount.
Fewer than half of all adults can name Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as the four Gospels of the New Testament, while many do not know that Jesus had twelve disciples or that he was born in Bethlehem. In addition, a large majority of Americans believe that the Ten Commandments are still valid rules for living today, but they have a tough time recalling exactly what those rules are.” 
Over the years I have given a simple Bible quiz to Christian groups as a way of getting the attention of the audience. So many people have asked for the quiz that I’ve decided to publish it. I’m doing this against my better judgment since now people will have the answers. I give the quiz knowing that no one will answer all the questions correctly. (This doesn’t count the questions I throw in for fun. They are marked with an *.) When people who take the quiz don’t do very well, it makes my task easier when I speak on a controversial subject. Christians are more apt to listen to someone who takes a biblical position different from their own when they just flunked a simple Bible quiz.
Many Christians read the Bible through an established grid of interpretation based on what they’ve heard the Bible teaches. There’s nothing new in this. Jesus spent time clearing up a similar problem in His day (Matt. 5:21–48). Many disagreements over theological issues come about over a simple misreading of the Bible. Before the Bible can be interpreted, knowing what it actually says is a prerequisite. The following questions are of the Sunday school variety. No interpretation is needed. Questions marked with an * are thrown in for fun. Let me know how well you did in the comment section. Please. No lying. That is in the Bible!
1. Is the following phrase found in the Bible? “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust”? If so, where? If not, then where? 
2. Noah’s ark landed on Mt. Ararat. True or false? 
3. Who cut off Samson’s hair? 
4. Absalom’s mule went under an oak in the battle of Ephraim, and his hair became entangled in the branches, and he hung there while the mule went on. True or false? 
5. Name the third, fifth, and seventh commandments? 
6. Who was the judge of Ruth? *
7. What was Boaz before he married Ruth? *
8. Complete the following: “Pride goeth before _____________, and a haughty spirit before a _______________.” 
9. Complete the following: “The lion shall lie down with the ______________.” 
10. Jonah was swallowed by a whale. True or false? 
11. Elijah was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot. True or false? 
12. How many wise men came to visit Jesus while he lay in the manger? 
13. Jesus sweat great drops of blood. True or false? 
14. “Money,” the Bible says, “is the root of all evil.” True or false? 
15. Where in the Bible do you find 6-6-6? 
16. Where in the Bible does it say that Jesus will reign on the earth for a thousand years? 
17. What is the biblical definition of “antichrist” and in which books is he mentioned the most? 
18. Where is Shakespeare found in the Bible? *
19. Where does Jesus give us permission to watch television? *