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Heidelberg Catechism

February 20, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

Posted in: Catechism for the Church

"Why are we the way we are? Why are we so self-centered and self-absorbed? Is this how God made us - petty, proud, and perverse? The answer to the final question, of course, is no. God made us to be just like Him. Sometimes we hear people say, 'Well, isn't she the spitting image of her mother.' I'm not sure what spitting has to do with it, but most of us have heard the saying before. It means she looks and acts just like her mother. Anyone can tell that one came from and belongs to the other. In the same way, we were created to be the spitting image of God." 

"This doesn't mean God has a body and si about six foot three with blue eyes. It means that Adam and Eve were created to have the character of God and live on earth as God's representatives. We are more than a mass of molecules. We are more than the sum of blood, bones, tissues, organs, and skin. Of all his creatures, we are unique in that we can know God, hear from God, communicate with God, and have union with God." - Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot.

Yet all of this drastically changed. This Lord's Day catechism takes us back to the Garden of Eden . . .

Question 6: Did God create people so wicked and perverse?

Answer: No. God created them good and in His own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that they might truly know God their Creator, love Him with all theri heart, and live with Him in eternal happiness for His praise and glory.

 

Question 7: Then where doest this corrupt human nature come from?

Answer: From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise. This fall has so poisoned our nature that we are born sinners - corrupt from conception on.

 

Question 8: But are we so corrupt that we are totall unable to do any good and inclined toward all evil?

Answer: Yes, unless we are born again by the Spirit of God. 

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