Sunday, February 27, 2011

What's your spiritual type?

This online quiz was designed to help people find their “spiritual type” or how “spiritual” they are. The quiz’s introduction explains how it is more difficult these days to know your “spiritual type” because spirituality is becoming less and less connected with organized religion. Many people these days consider themselves to be “spiritual” but not “religious” or some other combination of terms.

In class we talked about the idea of spirituality and whether it is connected to religion or not. We defined spirituality as the ability to engage with the immaterial realm, which is possible for all people, whether they choose to engage in the immaterial realm or not and whether they engage with the same immaterial beings as I do or not. Then again, just because someone is spiritual does not necessarily mean that they are closer to the living God.

I took this quiz in order to be more informed when I wrote this post and was very curious as to how they would categorize the different results. Almost a candidate for clergy, I scored 85 out of 100, which they categorized as a Confident Believer, saying that I “had little doubt that I had found the right path.” I found the different categories to be very interesting because they appeared to be very relative, not based on truth or any sort of standard, but based on how confident the person felt he or she was with his or her faith system. This communicated that they believed that one’s level of spirituality was determined by how convinced they were in their faith, whether it was true or not. Therefore, according to this quiz, a person who worships thumb tacks can be highly spiritual and maybe even a candidate for clergy! It is important, therefore, to remember that spirituality is not by any means synonymous with salvation and that salvation can only be found through Jesus Christ.

Quiz: What's Your Spiritual Type?

You scored 85, on a scale of 25 to 100. Here's how to interpret your score:
25 - 29
Hardcore Skeptic -- but interested or you wouldn't be here!
30 - 39
Spiritual Dabbler -- Open to spiritual matters but far from impressed
40 - 49
Active Spiritual Seeker � Spiritual but turned off by organized religion
50 - 59
Spiritual Straddler � One foot in traditional religion, one foot in free-form spirituality
60 - 69
Old-fashioned Seeker -- Happy with my religion but searching for the right expression of it
70 - 79
Questioning Believer � You have doubts about the particulars but not the Big Stuff
80 - 89
Confident Believer � You have little doubt you�ve found the right path
90 - 100
Candidate for Clergy

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