In chapter 5, Alma asks 42 questions for his people to consider. They had fallen away from many of the core spiritual reasons they were a part of God's church and into iniquity. His questions were intended to spark them on to greater spirituality and repentance.
There are a lot of great questions for any of us to consider and answer ourselves. Certainly, we have not strayed so far as many of these people had, yet how much do we need to try to come closer to the Lord? Our answers might say a lot about where we are in our own spirituality. They sure have made me reflect on a few things.
Here are some of his best questions that most of us should try to answer:
I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God?
Have ye received his image in your countenances?
Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you?
Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption braised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
Can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
Can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands?
Can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
Do ye suppose that [you] can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?
If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God?
Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble?
That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?
Are ye stripped of pride?
[Are ye] stripped of envy?
..are [ye] the sheep of the good shepherd?
Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself?
I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true.
And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?
They are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit...
Alma says, or better, asks it like it is. I would say that if we can honestly answer these questions in a positive way, we pretty much have the test of this earth life wrapped up, wouldn't you?