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Pharisaical Profiling Exercise: Are You a Unifier or a Divider?

The Pharisaical Profiling Exercise is designed to be a fun and informative exercise that not only identifies you as being a unifier or a divider in the Christian community, but also provides to you a number of things to consider regarding your discipleship in Jesus Christ. This exercise was developed by the author of, and is fully explained in, the book Where are the Christians? The Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion by Eric Shuster. The exercise is comprised of 19 easy to answer and thought-provoking questions. After successfully answering the questions click on the “submit” button at the end to view and print the results. You will never be required to provide personal information or an email address—the exercise is completely free without any informational obligation. Have fun and come back in a few months or years to see how your profile might have changed over time. Complete the Pharisaical Profiling Exercise by indicating how likely you are to exhibit the following behavior on a scale of one (1) to five (5) with 1 being Not Likely at All ("I rarely, if at all, exhibit this behavior") and 5 being you are Very Likely ("I exhibit this behavior on a regular basis"):

  1. How likely are you to believe you are more privileged or blessed, as a result of your religious beliefs, than those of one or more Christian denominations that are not your own?
  2. How likely are you to reject the notion that you can be educated on spiritual matters from those who do not adhere to the same Christian beliefs as you?
  3. How likely are you to lead people to believe that you live a strong Christian life when in reality you do not?
  4. How likely are you to believe the scriptural interpretations you embrace are the only true interpretations and leave no room for others to have their own scriptural interpretation?
  5. How likely are you to provide spiritual guidance to others on matters you know little or nothing about?
  6. How likely are you to privately criticize or mock other Christian religions or individuals whose beliefs are contrary to your own?
  7. How likely are you to call the beliefs of another self-proclaimed Christian evil?
  8. How likely are you to challenge the Christian credentials of a self-described Christian solely based upon their religion?
  9. How likely are you to place a higher value on maintaining scriptural purity than on respecting basic Christian values?
  10. How likely are you to reject believing a doctrine, practice, principle or event that has no scriptural evidence to support it, but does not contradict the scriptures either?
  11. How likely are you to reject the hand of God being credited for miracles that happen in Christian denominations that are not your own?
  12. How likely are you to reject the influence of the Holy Ghost (the Spirit) in your life if it is directing you in a path that is contrary to the beliefs of the Christian denomination you belong to?
  13. How likely are you to feel spiritually threatened by the influence of Christian denominations that are not your own?
  14. How likely are you to become jealous of the happiness or success of individuals who belong to Christian denominations that are not your own?
  15. How likely are you to proactively contend in public (or in public forums) with a self-described Christian not of your denomination for the sake of either proving them to be wrong or proving yourself to be right?
  16. How likely are you to accuse an individual of blasphemy or some form of heresy for believing in doctrines they believe to be Christian that are in contrast to your own Christian beliefs?
  17. How likely are you to demand an answer to a theological question from someone belonging to a Christian denomination that is not your own?
  18. How likely are you to attempt to use the words of an individual belonging to a Christian denomination that is not your own to prove they are theologically wrong?
  19. How likely are you to publicly belittle, mock or otherwise claim the beliefs of a self-described Christian, or entire Christian denomination that is not your own, to be false?

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