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What is idolatry?

    Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.

    Romans 1:21 and 25

    For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened…. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.

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    What is sin?

      Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

      1 John 3:4

      Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

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      Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

        That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

        Romans 3:20

        For by works of the law no human being will be justified in God’s sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

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        Did God create us unable to keep his law?

          No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.

          Romans 5:12

          Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

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          Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

            Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

            Romans 3:10–12

            None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

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            What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

              Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

              James 2:8

              If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

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              What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

                Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

                Romans 13:9

                For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”