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Religion Vocabulary

Based on the definition, guess these words related to religion.
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First submittedSeptember 12, 2013
Last updatedMarch 9, 2016
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Definition
Word
Person who votes to elect the pope
Cardinal
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, collectively
Trinity
Indian religious belief that "what goes around comes around"
Karma
A sacred image used in Eastern Orthodox Christianity
Icon
Pilgrimage to Mecca
Hajj
Islamic concept that means "struggle", and sometimes "holy war"
Jihad
Place of purification before acceptance to heaven`
Purgatory
Hanukkah candelabrum
Menorah
Papal decree
Bull
Idea that the soul will move to another body after death
Reincarnation
Person who is not a member of the clergy
Layperson
Priest caste in Hindu society
Brahmin
Spiritual leader or head of a monestary in Tibetan Buddhism
Lama
Doubt-provoking Zen statement or question such as
"what is the sound of one hand clapping"
Kōan
Place for unbaptized babies, neither heaven nor hell
Limbo
The promised savior of the Jews
Messiah
The mercy of God that we have done nothing to earn
Grace
Ninth month of the Islamic calender, a month of fasting
Ramadan
When righteous Christians will ascend to heaven, prior to the tribulation
Rapture
State of liberation from desire (enlightenment) in Buddhism
Nirvana
Belief that there is only one god
Monotheism
To officially declare someone to be a Catholic saint
Canonize
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level 73
Oct 15, 2013
Is Rapture and Apocolypse different? Does the Rapture occur DURING the Apocolypse? Along with a whole bunch of bad crap for the non-believers?
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level 45
Oct 17, 2013
I'm not a Christian but I've read that some Christians believe the Rapture will happen before the Tribulations and some think it will happen as part of the overall 'End of the World' and the establishment of 'God's Kingdom on Earth'. Maybe a Christian will pop in and set me straight. I'll admit that Tribulation, Apocalypse, Rapture, Armageddon, Second Coming, Anti-Christ, Raising of the Dead, etc. etc. are all mixed up in my heathen brain.
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level 36
Oct 28, 2013
They're all mixed up in everyone's brain. The concept of "the rapture" was taken from part of a verse in an apocryphal book that isn't even in the modern Christian bible. It was only believed by a very small sect of extremely fundamentalist Christians until the "Left Behind" series of books and movies came out and introduced it to popular culture. tl;dr the rapture isn't in the bible.
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level 36
Oct 28, 2013
But yes, it's part of the "End of the World" stuff.
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level 71
Oct 28, 2013
thejoshgray, I don't know what your agenda is, but you couldn't be more wrong. The rapture is spoken of throughout the New Testament, though the term "rapture" isn't specifically used. I realize a quiz site isn't the place for a theology discussion, but your statement is ignorant of what the Bible actually teaches.
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level 32
Oct 28, 2013
The Tribulation is a seven-year period where the world is united under a man whom we know as the "Antichrist". This man, who is led by Satan, establishes peace and order as the world completely decays morally. God, during this period, and especially in the second half, pours out His wrath on the world, culminating with the Battle of Armageddon, where the Antichrist leads a giant army to crush the State of Israel (and utterly fails in his attempt due to a timely intervention by Christ and His soldiers). The Rapture is the Christian's way to escape this coming wrath; the apostle Paul states that "we are not appointed to wrath", and also that the Rapture comes without warning, another way we can tell it is before the Tribulation. Jesus, however, expects Christians to know the time in which He returns, and the signs about which He warned are present across the world today.
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level 76
Oct 29, 2013
thejoshgray, I don't know what your agenda is but I'm going to tell you what it is anyway. ;-) No, rgc1600, the Rapture isn't spoken of throughout the NT. It's possibly alluded to once in 1 Thessalonians and I don't think it's an accurate reading of what's on there but I know that many disagree with me and that's fine. And, there are different views of when it occurs in relationship to all the bad stuff. Some believe that believers will be raptured before the crap, some say in the middle of the crap and some say after the crap.
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level 61
Oct 30, 2013
@thejoshgray: Actually the rapture is mentioned in the book 1 Thessalonians 4:17. While the term "rapture" isn't specifically mentioned (and it wouldn't have been used in the original translation anyway) the description of the rapture is detailed there. And by the way it is not just "alluded to" as one person here said, it is actually described in detail. Maybe you need more to be convinced, but it is enough to convince me.
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level 76
Oct 30, 2013
@ctleng76: I'm the one who's guilty of saying that 1 Thessalonians alluded to the rapture. The reason I said that is because the rapture is the belief that those believers on earth will escape the earth to dwell in heaven by means of the rapture. But this statement in 1 Thessalonians says nothing about going to heaven. All it says is that they'll meet the Lord in the air. Until the past couple centuries it was rare for anyone to assume that after this initial meeting that the next stage was going to heaven. What if the believers are meeting him in the air and then returning to earth? Or meeting in the air and flying around for a while? Or meeting in the air and then creating a new settlement on one of the bigger clouds up there? The doctrine of the rapture is alluded to here, it's not explicit. And I happen to think that it's not teaching the rapture at all but the point of this thread isn't to argue for its truth. Now I get to be a know-it-all I guess. Sorry about that.
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level 50
Jun 19, 2014
Um... cintnuh, it's not the righteous, it's those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior. Like me. The Tribulation is only 7 years long, and the final battle is more commonly known as Armageddon. I don't even know where the word apocalypse came from.
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level 70
May 4, 2016
Armageddon is a place, the site of the final battle. Apocalypse is from the Greek and means 'revelation'. I'm not religious, so I don't know what interpretation religious persons have placed on these things.
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level 65
May 28, 2018
Thank you, Wombat, for clarifying. It annoys me how often the word "apocalypse" is misused.
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level 65
May 28, 2018
Also, I groan when people go on and on about how the signs from Revelation are upon us. Most of the signs they point out have been occurring to varying degrees since the scriptures were written. Doesn't the Bible teach that no person will know the day or the hour?
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level 73
Jul 10, 2019
Well it sounds like a ridiculous plot, I hope the CGI makes up for it. Is it going to be showing in cinemas or is it straight to DVD?
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level 61
Oct 8, 2019
7 years huh, *marks the calendar* ok, so that's leaves us about... hmm... so soon?
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level 60
Oct 28, 2013
This is one of the most debated areas of Protestant theology, especially among the flavors of Protestantism referred to as "dispensational" (e.g. Pentecostals, some Baptists). Basically, some believe that Christians will be "raptured" first, while nonbelievers will face assorted tribulations. Then, after other events whose order and significance are debated, the world will end. As I understand it, the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches have never believed in this sort of progression/ timeline. They assert that the return of Jesus signals both the ascension of Christians into heaven, the Last Judgment, and all the other apocalyptic phenomena all at once.
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level 55
Apr 30, 2015
Contrary to popular belief, the apocalypse is not the tribulation. "Apocalypse" simply means "unveiling", so in my opinion, it is the same thing as the second coming of Christ. I also tried "advent." I don't usually use the term "rapture" since it is usually used in association with the belief that the believers will be taken to heaven before the tribulation, and I don't believe that. I believe that the rapture/second advent (the first advent being when Jesus was born as a baby) will come after the tribulation and all of the believers will be taken to heaven at once. I'm not sure I've explained this very well.... Well, I tried. lol
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level 55
Apr 30, 2015
In case you are wondering, I am a Seventh-day Adventist.
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level 72
Jul 20, 2016
Nothing brings people together like a good discussion on religion.
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level 35
Dec 28, 2017
Strictly the apocalypse has happened. It's the vision granted to John that makes up the Book of Revelations (apocalypse - αποκάλυψις -means revelation in Greek).
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level 74
Oct 28, 2013
laity should be accepted.
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level 28
Jul 22, 2016
I tried "laity" and simply "lay." When neither worked, I gave up...
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level 67
Oct 29, 2013
Wouldn't mind if Transmigration was also accepted. I got it, but it seems to be at least as right an answer.
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level ∞
Mar 9, 2016
That will work now
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level 71
Jun 2, 2014
Surely canonisation is acceptable.
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level ∞
Mar 9, 2016
Okay
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level 63
Nov 20, 2014
I agree that transmigration should be added. Many religious encyclopedias use the term, and Merriam-Webster lists one definition of transmigration as "to pass at death from one body or being into another": http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transmigrate
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level 73
Jan 6, 2015
So...the other thread got out of hand on "rapture"....but to get back to the point, are there other terms that could be accepted here, since a rapture is not a part of Christian doctrine that is widely accepted (for one, Catholics don't believe in it)? Perhaps "second coming" would be an answer that more people could get behind.
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level 72
Mar 4, 2015
I hate to be that guy... but an agnostic is not someone who "nether believes nor disbelieves in the existence of gods." Agnosticism is the position that the existence of gods can be nether proven nor disproven. It is not a "middle ground" between theism and atheism; in fact, it is quite compatible with both.
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level 56
Oct 20, 2017
What you are describing is the difference between weak and strong agnosticism.
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level 66
Jan 8, 2018
SpeedyMike is correct. There are 2 separate issues:

1) Does god exist? and
2) Can god be proven or disproven?

Thus you can have gnostic theists (god exists and it can be proven), agnostic theists (I believe in god but there's no way to prove whether he exists), gnostic atheists (I don't believe in god and it can be proven that he doesn't exist), and agnostic atheists (I don't believe in god and there's no way to prove or disprove whether he exists).

Naturally, almost everybody either falls into the category of gnostic theist or agnostic atheist. However, some people do fall into the other 2 categories.
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level 70
Mar 17, 2015
Got them all except for Bull. A papal decree is Bull?? Never heard of it! Judging by the percentages most people didn't either.
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level 39
Apr 21, 2015
I was brought up in the Protestant religion (Methodist) and never heard any mention of the rapture. Religion was never that important in the family and when I was older, I realised I couldn't believe in creationism, as there's too much to show that evolution is a fact. Also, how can it be good that unbaptised babies don't go to "Heaven"?. Surely, if God existed, he wouldn't allow that?
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level 63
Sep 13, 2015
It's even on Wikipedia: The Hanukkah menorah or chanukiah (Hebrew: מנורת חנוכה‎ menorat ḥanukkah, pl. menorot) (also Hebrew: חַנֻכִּיָּה‎ ḥanukkiyah, or chanukkiyah, pl. ḥanukkiyot/chanukkiyot, or Yiddish: חנוכּה לאמפּ khanike lomp, lit.: Hanukkah lamp) is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, as opposed to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient Temple or as a symbol.
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level 43
Jul 13, 2016
I put dalai lama instead of just lama. What is the difference? Also, for a papal decree, I kept putting in encyclical and it wasn't accepted. Finally I thought of bull. Can you accept encyclical too?
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level 76
Jul 13, 2016
Lama is a honorific title. Dalai lama is the head of a particular school of Tibetan Buddhism
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level 70
Jul 19, 2016
I kept putting dalai lama as well but that is why I like these quizzes -- I learn something new.
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level 70
Mar 3, 2017
Yep, I missed with "Dalai Lama" as well.
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level 77
Jul 13, 2016
What about beatify for canonize? That's what I tried. I looked it up and says it's a synonym.
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level 61
Jul 13, 2016
Beatification is a step prior in the process to canonization. A beatified person is titled "Blessed," and is not yet a saint.
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level 76
Jul 13, 2016
If I recall correctly (I had fairly little (no) interest in religion classes at school) that's the step before canonization. Beatification requires only one attested miracle, while canonization requires two.
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level 51
Jul 13, 2016
Koan: a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment. Perhaps accept paradox for the Koan question?
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level 66
Jul 13, 2016
The word menorah just means lamp in Hebrew. If it is specifically a Hanukkah candelabrum, it's called a hanukkiyah, which has about ten different acceptable transliterations.
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level 57
Jul 13, 2016
Divine grace should work.
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level 64
Jul 13, 2016
I will join with the others who commented that menorah is not the correct answer to the Hanukkah clue. Though I will admit that it is the term colloquially used in American culture. Still, it is incorrect. You could change the clue to read something like, "A seven-pronged candelabra that is a symbol of Judaism. Also colloquially (but incorrectly) used as a term for the 9-pronged Hanukkah candelabra."
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level 73
Mar 25, 2017
Not incorrectly, just differently used than in Hebrew.
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level 58
Jul 13, 2016
Could you accept Ramazan or Ramzan in addition to Ramandan? And Jehad for jihad? Thats the way they are spelt in the Indian Subcontinent.
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level 74
Jul 15, 2016
God's mercy: the unearned withholding of punishment. God's grace: unearned favor. The quiz definition could use some tweaking, but it's no big deal. (but it is)
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level 29
Mar 17, 2017
For the Hanukkah one, menorah should not be accepted. The menorah's only reference in the story of Hanukkah is that is was one of the relics taken from the temple. The hanukkiah is what you are referring to.
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level 51
Aug 12, 2017
Technically, the Hanukkah candelabrum is called the hanukiah. The typical menorah actually has 7 candleholders and was used during the Temple periods while the hanukiah has 9 and is used for Hanukkah. If you want to be more accurate for the menorah clue, you might consider just saying "Jewish candelabra" instead. Also, I had always heard "edict" for papal decrees, never bull. Might "edict" be acceptable? Or is that not specific enough?
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level 71
Jan 14, 2018
You haven't had anyone be picky about the Buddhist question yet, so I'll jump right in! :-D The second definition given for "lama" as "head of a monastery" is problematic (although "spiritual leader" is fine). It dates back to the time of total Western misunderstanding of what lamas actual were in Tibetan Buddhism (as evidenced by its early misnomer of "Lamaism"). Monastery abbots are all lamas, but not all lamas are abbots. A better definition would be "spiritual leader, or guru, in Tibetan Buddhism". And if you take my advice this won't matter, but monastery is spelled wrong ;-). Thank you for being so patient and such a good sport toward all of us!
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level 58
May 9, 2018
Would dalai lama work for lama?
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level 65
May 28, 2018
The Dalai Lama is himself a lama, but it'd be a folly to call all the lamas Dalai Lamas. You see, the Dalai Lama is a jolly lama because he's the highest lama of them all. I hope this clears up all of your melancholy lama drama.
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level 39
Jun 16, 2018
...he's an eagle lama having reached the top of the lama tree...no pun intended...
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level 59
May 24, 2018
I accidentally spelled "lama", "llama"