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Self-test: What kind of Christian are you?

The following self-test is inspired by (56) of An inter-confessional report.

All statements in this table are seemingly opposing, and yet each of them is valid.

God is just and punishes a sinful life. God is merciful and forgives our mistakes.

We are well-organized and obedient. We are creative and co-responsible. “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)

We speak carefully and with reverence. We speak openly and without fear.

We make no compromises. We embrace differences and are inclusive.

We are strong because we hope in God. We put our trust in God despite our weakness.

Our teachings are solid and the truth. Our teachings are inspiring and open-minded.

The Bible is self-explaining, our job is to pro­claim it. The Bible needs explanation, our job is to ex­plain it.

God protects us from evil. God protects the poor and weak from the rich and strong.

No salvation outside of the Church. Only the baptized can be saved. No salvation without the Gospel. There are people who follow the Gospel without being baptized (Matthew 7:21)

The Gospel calls us to follow the Church. The Gospel calls us to love our neigh­bour.

Speak out against immorality.1 Tell your brother when he is wrong (Mt 18:17). Do not to look for evil in others, but good.2

Don’t speak loud in public. Live hidden to live happily3. “He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street” (Isaiah 42:2) Say your opinion in public. „You are the light of the world“ (Mat­thew 5:14). “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” (Matthew 10:27)