Thursday, February 06, 2003

hmm...the Bible Content Exam (also known as "regurgitating random trivia from the Bible, which you should be able to find if you look it up so why do you need to memorize obscure facts like who was a prophet to the northern kingdom (elijah and someone else..) or which chapter of one of Paul's letters deals with the Second Coming (lots of them, i'm sure, they just arbitrarily pick one...)...anyway...), commonly referred to around here as "Bible Trivia". This is one of the ordination exams for the PC(USA) and is a requirement for graduation from Columbia Seminary. it is 100 questions covering (literally) God-only-knows-what from every possible obscure place in the Bible. Luckily, you only need a 70 to pass, and there's no reward for getting over a 70. Other than your own personal pride, which is of course bad and a sin and whatever.
i'm going to pass, no doubt.
and i'll probably be one of those people who gets an obscenely high score.
and i will be proud of it, i'm sure...and will have to try not to let everyone know that.
yes, i'm a sinner. but you know what?
in Romans, Paul says "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
that's the big theme of Romans. (don't ask me about the theme of any other Pauline Epistle, because I don't know...i'm counting on my old testament knowledge, my familiarity with the gospels, and questions about the books of Hebrews and James to get me to 70.)
back to work...

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