Who is God?

Who is the first and best of beings?

God is the first and best of beings. (Isaiah 44:6; Psalm 8:1; 97:9)

Who is God?

God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things.

Had God a beginning?

God had no beginning; He always was and He always will be.

Where is God?

God is everywhere.

If God is everywhere, why do we not see Him?

We do not see God, because He is a pure spirit and...

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How are Catechisms Organized?

Even though there are many catechisms, most of them teach the same basic topics:

  • God
  • People
  • Sin
  • Ten Commandments
  • Jesus Christ
  • Repentance
  • Justification
  • Prayer
  • Lord’s Supper
  • Baptism

The order of the topics in different catechisms vary. I started this series with the Ten Commandments because I expected the answers would be similar in different...

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Are People Able to Keep the Ten Commandments?

Can we now frame a short compendium of the whole law?

Very easily, since we can reduce it to two heads. The former is to love God with all our heart, and soul, and strength — the latter, to love our neighbours as ourselves. (Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27)

What is comprehended under the love of God?

To love him as God should be loved — that is, recognizing him as at once our Lord, and Father, and Preserver. Accordingly, to the love...

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What is the Tenth Commandment?

Introduction

Most of the answers below come from Luther's Small Catechism. The Lutheran church numbers the commandments differently than most Protestant denominations, which is why the title of this article refers to the tenth commandment, but the answers below list indicate ninth and tenth.

Tenth Commandment

  • You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his...

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What is the Ninth Commandment?

Introduction

The answers below come from Luther's Small Catechism. The Lutheran church numbers the commandments differently than most Protestant denominations, which is why the title of this article refers to the ninth commandment, but the answers below list indicate eighth.

Ninth Commandment

  • You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:16 ESV)
  • And you shall not bear false witness against your...

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What is the Eighth Commandment?

Introduction

The questions and answers below are copied from different catechisms. Please see the note at the end of each question for the reference.

Eighth Commandment

  • You shall not steal. (Exodus 20:15 ESV)
  • And you shall not steal. (Deuteronomy 5:19 ESV)

What is the eighth commandment?

The eighth commandment is, "Thou shalt not steal." (Exodus 20:15)

What is required in the...

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What is the Seventh Commandment?

Introduction

The answers below come from Luther's Small Catechism. The Lutheran church numbers the commandments differently than most Protestant denominations, which is why the title of this article refers to the seventh commandment, but the answers below list indicate sixth.

Seventh Commandment

  • You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14 ESV)
  • And you shall not commit adultery. (Deuteronomy 5:18 ESV)

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What is the Sixth Commandment?

Introduction

The answers below come from Luther's Small Catechism. The Lutheran church numbers the commandments differently than most Protestant denominations, which is why the title of this article refers to the sixth commandment, but the answers below list indicate fifth.

Sixth Commandment

  • You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13 ESV).
  • You shall not murder (Deuteronomy 5:17 ESV).

You shall not...

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What is the Fifth Commandment?

Introduction

The questions and answers below are copied from different catechisms. Please see the note at the end of each question for the reference.

Fifth Commandment

  • Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12 ESV).
  • Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that...

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What is the Fourth Commandment?

Introduction

The questions and answers below are copied from different catechisms. Please see the note at the end of each question for the reference.

Fourth Commandment

  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female...

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