Religion Analogies

Can you fill the blanks in these analogies that pertain to religion?
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Last updated: January 7, 2021
First submittedJuly 17, 2013
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This is to this …
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Bible is to Christianity
Quran is to Islam
Venus is to Beauty
Mars is to War
Nun is to Woman
Monk is to Man
Bethlehem is to Jesus
Mecca is to Muhammad
Halal is to Islam
Kosher is to Judaism
Brahmā is to Creator
Shiva is to Destroyer
Buddhism is to
Siddhārtha Gautama
Taoism is to Laozi
Church is to Christianity
Mosque is to Islam
Jupiter is to Rome
Zeus is to Greece
Genesis is to the
Old Testament
Matthew is to the
New Testament
This is to this …
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Exodus is to Leviticus
Leviticus is to Numbers
Jihad is to Struggle
Akbar is to Great
Pope is to Catholicism
Patriarch is to
Eastern Orthodox
Smith is to Mormonism
Hubbard is to Scientology
Aaron is to Moses
Esau is to Jacob
Adam is to Abel
David is to Solomon
Helios is to Greece
Ra is to Egypt
Deify is to God
Canonize is to Saint
Paradiso is to Heaven
Inferno is to Hell
Hebrew is to Judaism
Sanskrit is to Hinduism
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Level 29
Sep 29, 2013
Nice quiz! Only missed one, and I'd never heard of him.
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Level 45
Oct 1, 2013
20/20 and I'm a godless heathen!
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Level 62
May 22, 2021
Same
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Level 77
Jun 19, 2014
Congratulations. First religion quiz I've seen with no comments claiming some aspect is offensive. You should try your hand at a politics quiz.
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Level 48
Jun 21, 2014
Maybe I'm being needlessly pedantic, but it would make a bit more sense to me if it read "Esau is to Jacob" instead, since Aaron and Esau are both the elder brothers. But it's still pairs of brothers, so hey.
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Level 51
Jun 6, 2015
This quiz was by no means difficult.

Also, atheism is lack of belief in gods, but agnosticism isn't doubt. Agnosticism isn't even a position on belief- it's a position on knowledge. It means a person who thinks it is impossible to prove or know with certainty whether a god exists- it says nothing about whether that person believes in a god. Most people- atheist and theist alike- are agnostics.

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Level 82
May 23, 2021
There are gnostic theists who believe that the existence of the god or gods they believe in can be definitively proven through (faulty) logic or reasoning or some other means like faith or intuition (necessarily implying they don't really understand what faith is, but still). And many who think that the Bible or the Quran or "miracles" or religious artifacts or even "Creation" (i.e. everything in the Universe) constitute evidence and proof of a god. And there are also gnostic atheists who feel certain that science or whatever else has proven that there is no god. But... yes, everything you said is basically correct. I just question if gnostic theists are really in the minority (many will say things like "I just KNOW there is a God"); I know that gnostic atheists are.

But at any rate... the very poor analogy about agnosticism = doubt that used to be on here seems to have been deleted or moved anyway, to the quiz's credit and credit to those who pointed this out.

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Level 68
Feb 4, 2016
No pastafarian question, I'm deeply outraged.
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Level 61
Apr 19, 2016
If "Paradiso" is meant to be heaven is Spanish, then the corresponding answer should be "Infierno." That is hell in Spanish.
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Level 65
Aug 19, 2016
It's Dante.
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Level 79
Apr 9, 2017
So it's Italian, not Spanish
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Level 68
Jan 8, 2021
And 'paradiso' isn't a Spanish word either, it would be paraíso.
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Level 53
May 19, 2016
You should add some alternative spellings for Zeus...
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Level 68
Jan 8, 2021
'Lanac Zeus' for example.
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Level 76
Feb 24, 2021
Like Zoos? ;)
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Level 69
May 22, 2021
There are no alternative spellings for Zeus.
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Level 71
Aug 7, 2018
Thank God I´m an atheist
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Level 75
Sep 13, 2018
Indeed - religion is the work of the devil
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Level 43
May 24, 2021
ironic
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Level 59
Nov 3, 2018
Is scientology really a religion though....?
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Level 64
Nov 3, 2018
In some places yes, in some no. If i'm not mistaking Germany is not accepting is a religion, but here (Netherlands) for example is.
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Level 72
Nov 5, 2018
Nope, it's a pyramid scheme-cheap self help new age con-pretense of a cult.
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Level 61
Oct 22, 2020
In other words, a religion.
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2021
One begs to differ.
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Level 22
May 22, 2021
that is almost entirely what a religion is -.-
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Level 75
Feb 12, 2019
it has all the trappings of any other religion. books, meetings, sky-people, money laundering, every flavor of abuse that can be mentioned, etc. So yeah it qualifies.
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2021
Question from one of our general knowledge quizzes:

What is legally classified as a religion in the United States, a cult in France, and a business in Switzerland?

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Level 73
Nov 3, 2018
The Spanish for hell is INFIERNO - note second 'I'
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Level 69
Nov 3, 2018
But this, I believe, is a reference to the work of Dante. An Italian.
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Level 75
Jul 5, 2019
This is not the Spanish version of the quiz
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Level 79
Jan 8, 2021
Paradiso is Italian, not Spanish.
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Level 66
Nov 3, 2018
You should also accept "brother" for the nuns question. In fact, at least from a Catholic perspective, "brothers" is more correct than "monks" for an analogy to nuns. Monks live away from society, but most nuns do not. The nuns were an integral part of our parish when I grew up (as they are in most Catholic parishes). Most of them taught in the parish school. They collected donations, organized fundraisers, etc. They were often more involved in the community than the priests. The male version of a nun in this sense -- a person who takes vows and lives a life of worship and community service but is not a priest -- is a brother. The brothers are also teachers and also very involved in the church community. In fact, the Marianist brothers (the ones who taught me) identify their contributions to the community ("charism") as their defining quality. Also worth considering that nuns take the appellation "sister," as in "Sister Mary Clarence." That's no coincidence.
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Level 62
Dec 9, 2019
Depends on the order, nuns used to be very cloistered indeed in the past. Some more so than monks. See The Nun's Story a film with Audrey Hepburn as a nun.
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Level 90
Jan 8, 2021
If I got the question right, monk is the "profession" (like "king") while brother is the word you use when addressing a monk (like "your majesty" when addressing a king) so in my opinion "brother" is correctly not an eligible answer.

On the other hand, in my opinion, another possible answer to the quiz could be "friar".

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Level 79
Jan 8, 2021
It's really simple. Nun-monk, sister-brother. As for the way of life, it really depends on the order, for both genders. Some are extremely reclusive, others are very much involved in society, running schools and hospitals etc.
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Level 64
Nov 3, 2018
Please accept shiv for shiva, as some hindus spell it shiv. Also, its pronounced shiv.
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Level 56
Nov 4, 2018
I don't get the 'jihad' and 'Akbar' question - and I have googled it so please don't berate me for stupidity, just explain. I thought jihad was a holy war and Akbar the Great was an Emperor??
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Level 57
Nov 5, 2018
Jihad means struggle which can be an internal struggle with your own personal problems.

It is also used by extremist for armed struggle in the sense of holy war. But it is not the primal meaning of it.

Akbar is often used beside Allah to mean "Allah is great".

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Level 76
Feb 25, 2021
@Rozzi The question is asking for the translation of these two terms. Jihad literally translates as "struggle" and can refer to internal struggle (thought of by folks like the Sufis and Al-Ghazali as the greater struggle, and is sometimes referred to as al-jihad al-akbar) or external struggles (which can refer to warfare, debate, jurisprudence, and persuasion; this application is somewhat analogous to "crusade" not least because both can refer to a holy war). The word has a storied history, usage, traditions and has been a topic of scholarly and religious discussion for centuries in a variety of cultural contexts; it should not be reduced to only Salafi jihadism or an AP sound byte.
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Level 82
May 22, 2021
It's not that hard to understand. Just because Johnson fought a "War on Poverty" doesn't change the definition of the word war in other contexts. We weren't dropping parcels of food stamps on the Vietcong.
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Level 82
Nov 6, 2018
Jihad means holy war, or war waged to advance the cause of Islam (often poorly translated by Western Muslim apologist white washers as "personal spiritual struggle"). Akbar means great.
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Level 47
May 22, 2021
Lol what? It never fails to amaze me how you keep spewing this much ignorance on JetPunk's comment sections.
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Level 82
May 22, 2021
.. by ignorance do you mean facts? I lived in Saudi Arabia for six years you know. Visited Mecca. Converted to Islam. Impressed everyone I met there with the depth of my knowledge of the Quran, that hadith, and Islamic history. Studied and taught languages there. But yeah you know so much more about this than I do.
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Level 31
May 27, 2021
@Kalbahamut So what you've been in Saudi Arabia for six years? that doesn't make you an expert in Islam! Do you even know the Arabic language??

I am an Arab Muslim and I'm telling you that Jihad means "to strive" and not the western propaganda "Holy war" just to make us look terrorists or bad... this stereotypical image of us must end because it's offensive!

Yes, Jihad can mean to defend against attacker in war which comes from striving to die in the name of God in DEFENSIVE WAY, but mainly the word "Jihad" means to strive, like a Muslim is fasting Ramadan in a non Muslim country where everybody is eating and drinking around him while he is fasting for God, that's called Jihad. Or leaving your country in order to get master's degree in another country, that's also called Jihad. Or not replying at a person who is swearing at you or bullying you that's called Jihad.

BTW, in the Arab world you would find many men have the name Jihad which obviously means striving and not holy way -_-

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Level 82
May 27, 2021
I guess all those books and pamphlets I was given to read in the kingdom, written by Arabic-speaking Muslims trained in classical Arabic, usually aimed at converting Westerners to the religion, where jihad was repeatedly described as a war waged or struggle undertaken to advance the cause of Islam (war for Islam; for Islam = holy, in the eyes of Muslism; thus: holy war, spiritual struggle, striving to advance the cause of the Allah, whatever same g-d thing. it's a perfectly fine translation), were all Western propaganda? Wow. That's really interesting.

And I suppose all the many Arabic-speaking self-described Jihadists out there whose leaders do study carefully the Quran, and for whom jihad explicitly means the use of violence, they must be agents of Western propaganda, too, right? I did hear in Saudi that Osama bin Laden was working for the CIA... also that he was a secret Jew... also that he was a noble hero everyone lied about... hm....

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Level 82
May 27, 2021
what a predicament. who to trust? Scholars? Experts without an obvious agenda? Or Jormist, who is repeating the meme that every war Muslims every fight is defensive. Yeah I'm sure he's unbiased...

Anyway, in the middle of your hysterical comment above I noticed that you did concede that jihad can mean to die in war fighting against the enemies of Islam. Who you choose to define exclusively as attackers, that makes you seem super neutral, but... attackers.. defenders... you're still fighting a war. So I win. Thanks.

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Level 31
May 31, 2021
Yes! All those books and pamphlets might be wrong, so what? They are not Quran!

Please stop telling me your own experience, I'm not interested in your subjective experience, it's not necessarily the objective truth. If you want to know about Islam then read the Quran and ask trusted scholars, not some pamphlets.

Yes, one of the definitions is to strive in fighting context but that's just one branch out of many ones, and you can't limit it based on that and ignore the true original meaning of it, you can't take it out of context based on your political agendas, we are arabs and we know our language and we know that "Jihad" is a very nice word which means "to strive". It's like saying the word "Fun" means mocking because you can make fun of somebody! while you ignore the original good meaning which is a joyful time! If I want to say "Holy War" in Arabic it would be الحرب المقدسة "AlHarb Almuqaddasah", which was never mentioned in Quran or Hadith!

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Level 31
Jun 2, 2021
I never said "every war Muslims every fight is defensive." Don't put words I've never said. I'm saying, as per the Islamic teaching you should only fight back the people who are attacking/oppressing muslims, so it's basically defending islam and muslims. Don't judge Islam based on some behaviours rather than the core teachings of it in Quran and Hadith. Yes, few Muslims fought throughout the history but that does not necessarily represent the true message of Islam, same as the crusaders do not represent Christianity, or Zionists represent Judaism. You must judge the religions based on their scriptures and the science of language, and not on Muslims behaviors. people are humans and can do wrong.
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Level 31
Jun 2, 2021
Oh please, don't interfere politics now. Osama Bin Laden was created by USA, and the "many Arabic-speaking self-described Jihadists out there whose leaders do study carefully the Quran, and for whom jihad explicitly means the use of violence" that's only the western media narration to fulfill its agendas and brainwash people like you. Didn't you watch American movies? They always show the white man as the hero and the Arabs are backward people from the desert who are terrorists and killing left and right...
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Level 31
Jun 3, 2021
I'm not forcing you to believe me, go and search about it by yourself. I am putting links from a trusted scholar of Islam telling you exactly the meaning of Islam. He is non-Arab, still he studied the standard Arabic language and might be even better than some native Arabic speakers.

youtube.com/watch?v=guw5bez0wuA

youtube.com/watch?v=FljwMcmj5Rk

I suggest you open your mind and be rational and watch these links instead of trying to "win" the argument.

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Level 54
May 22, 2021
Jihad means struggle for every thing that is considered a good deed in islam
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Level 82
May 22, 2021
in a metaphorical sense.
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Level 64
May 27, 2021
Akbar wasn't the Emperor, he was an admiral.
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Level 64
Nov 8, 2018
1.) Taoism is the antiquated spelling. While Daoism is accepted, it should be the displayed spelling, and "taoism" should be the accepted alternative, especially since you use the spelling Laozi instead of Lao-Tzu.

2.) "Akbar," especially in the implied context, means "Greater," not just "Great." It should be displayed as such. "Great" can still be an accepted answer.

3.) Since this quiz is about multiple religions, you should use "Hebrew Scriptures" instead of "Old Testament."

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Level 53
Feb 25, 2019
It's a trap
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Level 67
Mar 14, 2020
I tried hellooo for inferno ( no joke haha I was looking for an italian sounding word that was a synonym for hell, but couldnt thinkof one, closest I could think of was diablo also tried purgatory, hell+o was my final desperate attempt haha)
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Level 54
Mar 14, 2020
Interesting quiz
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Level 49
Jul 1, 2020
Perhaps "ummah" should be an alternative to "mosque", taking that meaning of "church" which is "all Christians everywhere".
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2021
Patriarch is not for sure the same thing to Eastern Orthodox as the pope is to Catholicism. There is not only one patriarch in the Orthodox Church.
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Level 72
Jan 9, 2021
Patriarch is the highest in the hierarchy. So it fits. Unless there's another religion with an official worldwide leader, though offhand I can't think of one.
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Level 74
Jan 14, 2021
There is no official worldwide leader in the Orthodox Church.
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Level 76
Feb 25, 2021
Doesn't the Church of England have one world wide leader? Or has that been phased out? Asking for a friend.
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Level 70
May 14, 2021
I don't understand why this quiz was recently reset, when I remember taking it not too long ago and it seems like maybe one question was changed, but the legitimate concerns raised by commenters like "Daoism" being a preferable spelling, Shiv being a valid name for Shiva, Ummah being a reasonable answer in place of mosque, and some other suggestions that I can't comment on but maybe deserve consideration were just ignored.
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Level 70
May 14, 2021
I mean, I do understand, I just find it a little frustrating and wanted to voice that, but obviously I'm not entitled to anything.
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Level 64
May 22, 2021
Accept Numeri for Numbers, since all the other names are Latin too?