Search for Jesus Polls

Search for Jesus Polls


The Search for Jesus
Polling Station

Ever since Peter Jennings' "The Search for Jesus" aired, our message boards on the topic have been hopping. Now, with a quick-hit set of poll questions created with the ABCnews special in mind, Beliefnet wants to know what you believe about Jesus.

For more background on any of these poll questions, click on the question headers.

Birth 1 Birth 2 Appearance 1
Where do you believe Jesus was born?

Bethlehem

Nazareth

Other
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Do you believe Mary was a virgin?

Yes

No
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How accurate do you think the 1940 portrait of Jesus (see image above) is?

Very accurate

Somewhat accurate

Slightly accurate

Not at all accurate
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Appearance 2 Politics 1 Politics 2
What in Jesus' message inspired his peasant followers most?

The dream of God's Kingdom on earth

The hope of overthrowing the Roman oppressors
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When Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God, was he referring to a religious or a political kingdom?

Primarily a religious kingdom

Primarily a political kingdom

Both a religious and political kingdom
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Do you believe that John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus?


Yes

No
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Politics 3 Politics 4 Politics 5
Do you believe that it was Jesus' intention to start a new religion?

Yes

No
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Do you believe Jesus viewed himself as an apocalyptic figure?

Yes

No
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Do you believe Jesus favored the poor over the rich?

Yes

No
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Miracles & Parables 1 Miracles & Parables 2 Miracles & Parables 3
Why do you believe Jesus taught in parables?

To make his teachings more vivid and comprehensible to his audience

To fulfill a prophecy

To avoid overtly threatening the established social and political powers of his day
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Do you believe that Jesus performed miracles?

Yes

No
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Do you believe that Jesus healed the sick and cast out demons from people?

Yes

No
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Trial & Crucifixion 1 Trial & Crucifixion 2 Trial & Crucifixion 3
Whom do you believe wanted Jesus crucified?

The chief priests, scribes, and the disappointed masses who wanted a warrior-king

Pilate, acting for
Rome, who wanted to eliminate a social agitator

Other
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Was there a Jewish trial?

Yes

No
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Do you believe that Judas was an historical figure?

Yes

No
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Trial & Crucifixion 4 Resurection 1 Resurection 2
Do you believe Jesus died as a sacrifice for humanity's sins?

He died as a sacrifice for sin

He was a political martyr
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Do you believe that Jesus was buried?

Yes

No
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Do you believe that Jesus was raised from the dead?

Yes, bodily

Yes, spiritually

No
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The Search Continues
How has the search for the historical Jesus changed the way you view him?

It strengthens my faith in him

It diminishes my faith in him

As a believer, it has no effect on my faith

Since I am not a believer, it has no effect on my faith
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