Quizzing is a kind of spiritual recreation. it activates the memory and is a type of intellectual competition. It is useful in occupying time in Sunday schools, on picnics, in clubs, and on numerous other occasions.
Quizzes on the Holy Bible has many advantages :
They provide information from the Bible; they link different pieces of information to each other, they draw the attention to certain fields of knowledge, and they are an incentive to the further acquisition of knowledge.
This book includes 366 Quizzes on the Holy Bible divided into various subjects to facilitate its use. The second part of this book consists of the answers to these questions.
We hope, by the grace of God, to follow this book with others, either other Quizzes on the Bible, or on Church history and the lives of the Saints, or other kinds of religious information.
So farewell till we meet in the other parts if by the grace of God it is His will and if He grants us life.
Pope Shenouda III
This way thousands of questions accumulated before me during the thousands of lectures that I have given, in the weekly spiritual meetings, on Friday evenings; the Bible study meetings on Tuesday (1968-1972); the theological lectures on Wednesday; my meetings with the priests; with the Sunday school teachers and their conferences; the meetings of college societies; general meetings in Alexandria, on Sunday; the lectures that were given in the theological seminary in Alexandria and Cairo; or the spiritual meetings during my visits to churches and dioceses.
Even before my monastic life, I used to answer the spiritual questions of the readers of the Sunday school magazine and the questions followed me everywhere, even in the monastery.
The questions varied some around biblical verses, some about theology, doctrines, ministry, spiritual life or social relationships and many other subjects... I excluded what was repetitious, personal, or what I answered with one sentence or a joke.
I chose what was fit from the questions for publication, so the people would not have to ask the same questions again and to have almost uniform answers to such questions.
Pope Shenouda III
The nature of Christ is a very important subject that caused a serious dissension within the Church in the fifth century, in 451 AD. When the theological dialogue started as an effort towards the unity of churches, the subject had to be discussed. Therefore, our Orthodox Church found it necessary to issue a book which presents its concept in this regard in a language fit for theological dialogues.
This subject (the Nature of Christ) was taught by me to the students of the Seminary "St. Mark Theological College" in 1984 in the form of lectures which I delivered to them in St. Bishoy Monastery, Sheheit Desert, as part of the courses of comparative Theology. The lectures were printed merely for the use of the students.
The same lectures were afterwards translated into English in Ottawa, Canada, in 1980 and became available in English only for six years...
We had to print them in Arabic for the students of the Seminary and its branches and for the benefit of those who are interested in theological studies whether ministers or ordinary individuals.. and whoever has the desire-from other churches to be acquainted with our concept of Christology.
The first theological dialogue we attended on this subject was in Vienna, Austria in September 1971 AD convened by the ProOriente Group. In this dialogue we reached a theological formula that was accepted by our Catholic brothers and those in the old Oriental orthodox churches: the Syrians, Arminians, Ethiopians and Indians. It was an important dialogue indeed, for the dissension that occurred in the fifth century had distorted the face of every church before the other.. But now the way is open for a common understanding.
Then, there was an official agreement with the Catholic churches after 17 years of differences (since 1988), based on the previous understanding. The agreement was recorded in a concise "Statement" which you will find at the end of this book.
There was another dialogue, in more detail, with our brothers in the Byzantine Orthodox Churches in St. Bishoy Monastery, Sheheit Desert in 1989 AD. It was attended by the theologians of twenty Orthodox Churches and was followed by another meeting of the priestly representatives of the Orthodox churches in Chambesy, Geneva, in 1990.
Now, seeing it is necessary to make our people acquainted with the details and evidences that prove our concept of the Nature of Christ, and since the Pro-Oriente Group is convening a religious conference for the representatives of all Churches at the end of October 1991 to present to them the Agreed Statement on Christology.
And since we were asked to present a paper on the subject and deliver it as a lecture in the conference.
Therefore, we proceeded to print the former lectures delivered in the Seminary in 1984 as a book to be presented to the conference and to be available in Arabic and in English for all who are interested.
Pope Shenouda III
This Second Part includes theological and dogmatic questions that occupy the minds of the people. We tried to tackle them in an easy way as far as possible so that everyone may understand them. However, we still have enough theological and biblical questions for many books.
We hope that this collection will be beneficial and convey the message, especially among the youth, in the service and to the students of the religious institutes as well as to whoever wants to know the answers to these questions.
Pope Shenouda III
This third part concerns all kinds of spiritual questions, along with questions which circulate in society which require answering, such as a question about drinking wine, and another about organ transplants, and a third about how to solve problems, which I have answered in some detail. This part comprises some forty-four questions in the majority of which I have taken special care to give an answer that is to the point.
With the help of your prayers, I shall continue to publish what answers I can to those questions which I consider to be most common and most important.
May all be well for you and may the Lord be with you.
Pope Shenouda III
To what benefit is believing in God without having a relationship with him, obeying and loving Him?
In addition, what is the benefit of believing in eternity and in life after death if one does not prepare for it by repentance, spiritual vigil, and loving God?
And to what benefit is believing in virtues if one does not live them? Therefore there is a big difference between theoretical faith which does not save the soul, and practical faith, the fruits of which are evident in one's life.
This book was written to explain to you the meaning of faith, its stages and types and its importance in our lives and its greatness.
St. Paul wrote, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves” (2 Cor. 13:5).
Not everyone who says he believes has faith, but is measured according to God's saying “You will know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16).
There are those who claim to have faith, but have neither the heart nor the life of a believer. So what then is the life of a believer?
The life of faith is linked with peace, tranquillity and lack of fear, for when you become afraid, then the Lord will say to you “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matt. 14:31).
The life of a believer is also associated with purity of behaviour, for the believer feels the presence of God, who sees, hears and records all that he does. For this reason the believer feels ashamed and afraid of wrong doing in front of God.
The life of a believer is a life of submission to the will of God. Having faith that God is the maker of all things, and all that He permits to happen is for our own good. In this way, God’s children live in peace, happiness and satisfaction with all that God grants them.
The life of faith does not believe anything is impossible for the Lord, who said, “All things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
Therefore the believer does not quiver in times of distress, but believes wholeheartedly that God has many solutions, and will interfere to fulfil His will.
The believer does not enter into an argument with God about His doing, but accepts all things and confidence in God's wisdom and love.
The believer concentrates on the unseen than the visible things, “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).
The heroes of faith are not only those who defended their faith, but also those who lived a fruitful life of faith that worked in love.
This book before you, gives you a clarified ideas on the life of faith, how it acquired, and how to test if you are really in faith or not.
Pope Shenouda III