Friday, August 27, 2010

Catechism Questions #4 & 5

Question #4: What does God's law require of us?

A. Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22—

Love the Lord your God
with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind
and with all your strength.
This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

All the Law and the Prophets hang
on these two commandments.

(1 Deut. 6:5, 2 Lev. 19:18)

Question #5: Can you live up to all this perfectly?

A. No. I have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.

(1 Rom. 3:9-20, 23; 1 John 1:8, 10; 2 Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 7:23-24; 8:7; Eph. 2:1-3; Titus 3:3)

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