Critical Thinking Quiz
As we explained in our Critical Thinking series, to apply critical thinking skills one has to look at all the evidence. If you go by what someone taught you then you have been indoctrinated. Most people from all “religious persuasions” can tell you what they believe but they can not explain why they believe what they believe and they can not back up their beliefs with sound scriptural teachings.
Our series on Critical Thinking has tried to help you investigate all the evidence, especially the evidence from God and his word. Why? Because each of us get only one chance to get it right through this life. Once we die, there is no making changes.
So I have a quiz for you relating to the use of critical thinking skills. I will give you some possible background information (evidence) and ask you a couple of questions. Your job is to examine the evidence, look for additional evidence and formulate a possible conclusion. And because it is the Holy Spirit’s job to give us understanding of God’s word, I would suggest you start with prayer to our Heavenly Father.
Records show Jesus was crucified in the year 33AD. The disciples of Jesus were all grown men. Records say the disciple John was very young. The book of Revelation was written about 95AD which would mean John was now an old man.
Paul the apostle, records show Paul got saved about 36AD and we know Paul met the disciples after Paul’s salvation. Records show Paul lived until about 68 or 70AD.
Okay, here we go. Of Paul’s letters to the churches, how many “churches” did Paul write to?
Where were these churches located? If you compare old maps to current maps you see the churches Paul wrote to were in modern day Turkey and Greece.
Today, when we say Asia, most think of the continent Asia. But there was a region called Asia in the time of the disciples and Paul’s time. It is located at the western end of Turkey.
In Revelation 1 we are told Jesus told John, in 95 AD, to write unto the seven churches in Asia. Revelation 1:11. This means these seven churches of Revelation 1:11 are in western Turkey, right?
What churches did Paul write to and what churches did John write to? And don’t forget, Corinith, Thessalonika and Colosse are all in Greece, not Asia.
We see Paul wrote to the churches but Jesus tells John – Revelation 1:11 KJV
“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
Revelation 1:19-20 KJV “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”
As Jesus starts telling John what to write, we see the letter is addressed to whom? Revelation 2:1; 2:8; 2:12; 2:18; 3:1; 3:7; 3:14. He is writing unto “the angel of the church at” .. ..
Paul never told the churches they need to “endure unto the end” for salvation. Paul makes it very clear the church is saved by grace through faith and not works. And when Paul wrote specific letters to Timothy, Titus and Philemon, Paul reminds Titus – Titus 3:5 KJV
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
Explain the differences between the churches Paul writes to and the churches John writes to. Feel free to post your findings here under comments or send your comments to us via email at email@example.com
Until next time.